Flashcards in Erythroderma Deck (19):
What is erythroderma?
Generalised redness of the skin that involves all, or nearly all (usually 90%) of the skin's surface
What can cause erythroderma?
- Lymphoma and leukaemia
- Rare causes
What types of eczema can cause erythroderma?
- Contact allergic
What drugs can cause erythroderma?
What are the rare causes of erythroderma?
What is a risk factor for erythroderma?
At what speed doe erythroderma spread?
How may the patient feel in erythroderma?
- Hot to touch
- Feels cold themselves
What can happen to skin in erythroderma after 2-6 days?
Scaling and thickening of the skin
What can happen to the scalp in erythroderma after a few weeks?
Thickening and loss of hair
What can happen to nails in erythroderma?
Thickening, ridge appearance and loss
What can happen to the lymph nodes in erythroderma?
What may aid the diagnosis of erythroderma?
What will be required to find the underlying cause of erythroderma?
A thorough work up including FBC and peripheral blood film to look for abnormal cells
How should a presentation of erythroderma be treated?
As a medical emergency and discussed with a dermatologist
When will a patient with erythroderma need admitting?
If they are systemically compromised or are high risk e.g. elderly, living alone etc.
What does management of erythroderma include?
- Topical steroids
- Large quantities of emollients
- Stopping all non-essential medications
What must be considered when using topical steroids in erythroderma?
Skin barrier function is compromised so there is larger amounts of absorption