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How is erythrodermic psoriasis diagnosed?

Erythrodermic psoriasis is a condition that doctors can identify by looking at your skin and asking you some questions about your symptoms. It is possible that your doctor will want to rule out other skin conditions by taking a small skin sample for analysis. If you suspect you have erythrodermic psoriasis, you should see a doctor immediately to confirm diagnosis and begin treatment.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your body to make skin cells too fast. Dermatologists usually diagnose psoriasis by examining the skin. Exfoliative psoriasis (also called erythrodermic psoriasis) is a severe type of psoriasis that causes widespread reddening and shedding of the skin. People who have it may look as if they have burns over a large part of their body. Once a doctor has diagnosed exfoliative psoriasis, he or she will begin treatment right away, since the condition can become life threatening.

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