Generalized exfoliative dermatitis is a severe inflammation of the entire skin surface due to a reaction to certain drugs, or as a result of complications from another skin condition. In some cases, lymph node cancer (lymphoma) can cause generalized exfoliative dermatitis. Often, however, no cause can be found.
Diagnosis includes careful elimination of known causes, such as certain drugs (i.e., penicillin and barbiturates). In addition, your physician may check for other skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, as well as for lymphoma (which may be the cause of the generalized exfoliative dermatitis condition), during a physical examination and medical history.
Specific treatment for generalized exfoliative dermatitis will be determined by your physician based on:
Severe cases of generalized exfoliative dermatitis may require hospitalization while the person is being treated with antibiotics, intravenous (IV) fluids, and nutritional supplements. Treatment will vary depending upon the cause: