How is exfoliative dermatitis treated in the emergency department (ED)?

Updated: Jun 22, 2021
  • Author: David Vearrier, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Treatment in the emergency department consists of the following:

  • Fluid resuscitation to replace insensible losses

  • Correction of electrolyte and thermoregulatory disturbances if present

  • Initiation of antihistamines and corticosteroids in consultation with a dermatologist

Patients with acute or severe exfoliative dermatitis may require hospitalization to correct and manage fluid and protein losses and electrolyte disturbances. See Treatment and Medication for more detail.

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