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When can exfoliative psoriasis become serious?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Exfoliative psoriasis (also called erythrodermic psoriasis) is one of the least common but most serious types of the autoimmune condition psoriasis. Someone without psoriasis can experience the condition, or it can develop from an already-diagnosed case of psoriasis. It may only occur once in a person's lifetime.

Exfoliative psoriasis, which causes widespread reddening and shedding of the skin, can lead to a number of life-threatening complications including body temperature fluctuation, infection, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure.

Because these complications are serious, anyone experiencing exfoliative psoriasis should get medical care right away. He or she may require hospitalization and intravenous fluids.

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