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Types of Psoriasis (cont.)

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

This is the least common type of psoriasis and can be quite serious. A very large area of the skin becomes bright red, inflamed, and scaly. The entire skin surface can appear to be covered in a red, peeling rash. The rash usually itches or burns. The increased blood flow can even sometimes put a strain on the heart.

Picture of erythrodermic psoriasis.
Picture of erythrodermic psoriasis. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.

Topical and systemic medications may be used to treat erythrodermic psoriasis. Sometimes people with this type of psoriasis become prone to dehydration, congestive heart failure, infection, and fever.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/14/2016

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