How to handle erythrodermic psoriasis and care for your affected skin
What is erythrodermic psoriasis ?
Psoriasis is a skin condition
caused by immune system. In
Psoriasis, the body develop
skin cells rapidly and this lead
to accumulation of dead cells
on surface resulting in patches
of dry itchy skin.
Your first choice is to visit a doctor to take the appropriate
1. Salicylic acid:
It smooth the skin by shedding of psoriasis
scales but it may cause irritation.
Topical treatment for erythrodermic psoriasis
2. Steroid topical creams:
Steroid creams decrease inflammation and reduce
itching and stop production of cells
· They may cause burning and irritation.
It is effective when used in combination with a topical steroid
Tazarotene it has no systemic effect and it is effective but may
also cause irritation.
5. Coal tar:
Reduce over production of cells but it has unpleasant odour and
can stain fabrics.
6. Ultraviolet light:
Exposing skin to ultraviolet light is an
effective treatment for psoriasis, it slows the
growth of affected skin cells.
Excimer laser emitting 308nm is effective in clearing resistance
plaques of psoriasis.
8. Climatic therapy:
Some patients go to Dead Sea because
it’s the deepest place on the earth and its
surrounded with mountains.
The patient can stay on shores all day
without fear of sunburn and ultraviolet
rays can improve psoriasis without any
harm but it takes at least 4 weeks and it is
Some tips to manage psoriasis
1. Omega-3-supplements may help to reduce inflammation.
2. Drink enough water, it can keep your skin well hydrated.
3. Soak in a bathtub filled with warm water and Dead Sea salts for 15
minutes it can reduce itching and burning, do this every two days
because taking bath daily can dry your skin and make the problem
4. Try to cut alcohol, smoking and caffeine.
5. Keep your skin hydrated by good moisturizer because dryness of
skin increase the inflammation and the urge to itch.
6. There is strong link between psoriasis and stress, so try to relax and
reduce stress by exercising and learning yoga.
7. Don’t scratch or pick at your skin, if you do it you may cut the skin
and it may lead to infection.
8. If you feel itchy take antihistaminic drugs.