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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 body, if not most of the body, is bright red and inflamed. The body can appear to be covered in a red, peeling rash. The rash usually itches or burns. The increased blood flow can put a strain on the heart.


Erythrodermic psoriasis. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.

Topical and systemic medications may be used to treat erythrodermic psoriasis. Combination therapies of medications and light therapy may be used. Antibiotics may be used to prevent or stop infection. Sometimes people with this type of psoriasis become prone to dehydration, infection, and fever requiring hospitalization.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/8/2014

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