By Gary M. White, MD
Exfoliative erythroderma (EE) is not a disease, but instead a clinical term in which the patient's skin is diffusely red and scaly. When faced with this clinical presentation, a search for the cause is in order.
Workup and Differential Diagnosis
A good history as well as a skin biopsy are key. The list below is partial, but includes the most common causes of EE.
The treatment depends upon the cause.
This article contains a photo of the "Deck chair sign" in erythroderma from Parthenium dermatitis. JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(8):906-907
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