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Why is erythrodermic psoriasis dangerous?

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Your skin helps control your body temperature, keeps germs and toxins out, and holds moisture in. Erythrodermic psoriasis throws all this off, and the effects can include a dangerously low body temperature (hypothermia), the loss of much-needed proteins and fluids, and severe illnesses like sepsis or pneumonia. If you lose too much fluid, your heart won’t have enough blood to pump. That can lead to heart failure.

From: Erythrodermic Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Psoriasis Case 6: Erythrodermic psoriasis.”

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Lee, S. June 2006. Yonsei Medical Journal,

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Erythrodermic Psoriasis.”

Rosenbach, M. April 2010. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

UpToDate: “Erythroderma in adults.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 7, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Psoriasis Case 6: Erythrodermic psoriasis.”

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Lee, S. June 2006. Yonsei Medical Journal,

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Erythrodermic Psoriasis.”

Rosenbach, M. April 2010. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

UpToDate: “Erythroderma in adults.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 7, 2018

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