Erythrodermic psoriasis — causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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Although rare, erythrodermic psoriasis is a particularly aggressive, inflammatory type of psoriasis. It can be extremely painful and potentially life-threatening. Psoriasis refers to a group of chronic skin diseases in which the body produces skin cells at a much faster rate than normal. The condition commonly occurs in people who already have a type of unstable plaque psoriasis. Moreover, it can develop at the onset of an episode of psoriasis, or together with von Zumbusch pustular psoriasis, which is another rare type of psoriasis.

The exact cause of psoriasis remains unknown. However, scientists suspect that it might be a result of an overactive immune system. A flare of erythrodermic psoriasis can also be triggered due to suddenly stopping psoriasis treatment, infections, sunburn, emotional stress, excessive alcohol intake, allergic reactions and rashes, and oral steroid medications.

Known side effects of erythrodermic psoriasis

The side effects of erythrodermic psoriasis may include deep red rash that forms all over the body, shedding of the skin in sheets rather than in smaller scales, burned-looking skin, increased heart rate, extreme pain and itching, and fluctuating body temperature, especially on hot and cold days. The disease can also lead to other health complications, such as dehydration, impaired thermoregulation and hypothermia, cardiac failure, overwhelming infection, loss of protein and edema, anemia, lymphadenopathy, and even death.

Body systems harmed by erythrodermic psoriasis

The main body system harmed by erythrodermic psoriasis is the integumentary system because it primarily affects the skin.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent erythrodermic psoriasis

According to an entry published on the website NaturalRemedies.org, the plant-based treatments for psoriasis include aloe vera and fish oil. Other foods and nutrients that help treat psoriasis include fish oil, vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium, neem, sweet whey, and turmeric, according to an article published on the website HealthLine.com.

Treatments, management plans for erythrodermic psoriasis

Treatment and management plans for erythrodermic psoriasis include supportive care, which help patients manage the disease; skin-directed interventions that improve skin discomfort such as wet dressings, skin moisturization, oatmeal baths, and topical coricosteroids; and systemic psoriasis therapy.

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Summary

Erythrodermic psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that is particularly aggressive and inflammatory.

Erythrodermic psoriasis causes deep red rash that forms all over the body, shedding of the skin in sheets rather than in smaller scales, burned-looking skin, increased heart rate, extreme pain and itching, and fluctuating body temperature, especially on hot and cold days.

Erythrodermic psoriasis may also lead to dehydration, impaired thermoregulation and hypothermia, cardiac failure, overwhelming infection, loss of protein and edema, anemia, lymphadenopathy, and even death.

Erythrodermic psoriasis can be managed through supportive care, skin-directed interventions, and systemic psoriasis therapy.

Sources include:

MedicalNewsToday.com

HealthLine.com 1

HealthLine.com 2

Patient.info

NaturalRemedies.org

UpToDate.com



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