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Can erythrodermic psoriasis be prevented?

With erythrodermic psoriasis, it is not really a question of prevention so much as an issue of risk reduction. You are more disposed toward an erythrodermic psoriasis flare if you have plaque psoriasis or von Zumbusch pustular psoriasis. Alcoholism, infection, stress, sunburn, corticosteroid use, and suddenly stopping psoriasis medication can trigger an erythrodermic flare. If you know of a potential trigger that affects you, you can prevent symptoms by avoiding that trigger.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Exfoliative psoriasis (also called erythrodermic psoriasis) usually develops in a person who already has another type of psoriasis, an autoimmune condition. Though it can be life-threatening, the good news is that it is rare. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, it affects only 1% to 2% of people living with psoriasis.

Doctors know several triggers that can lead to an episode of exfoliative psoriasis. These include alcoholism, emotional stress, certain medications such as lithium and anti-malarial drugs, abruptly stopping a systemic psoriasis medication, and severe sunburn.

If you have psoriasis, you and your doctor can talk about what you can do to keep your condition managed and to minimize the chance that it could escalate to exfoliative psoriasis.

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