What are the most common causes of exfoliative dermatitis?

Updated: Aug 15, 2019
  • Author: David Vearrier, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Answer

The underlying etiology of exfoliative dermatitis is variable; the most common causes are as follows:

  • Psoriasis
  • Drug reactions
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

Exfoliative dermatitis is frequently idiopathic in nature. See Differential Diagnosis and Workup for more detail.


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