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Exfoliative dermatitis is widespread scaling of the skin, often with itching (pruritus), skin redness (erythroderma), and hair loss.
Erythroderma; Dermatitis exfoliativa
This condition may occur in severe cases of many common skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. It is sometimes caused by an allergy to drugs.
A person with severe erythroderma or exfoliative dermatitis often needs hospital care or admission to an intensive-care burn unit.
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Usatine RP, Krejci-Manwaring J. Dermatology. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 33.
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