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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

Fluid and diet management in acute skin failure

1 Department of Dermatology, Marsleeva Medicity, Kottayam, Kerala, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Tumkur, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Dermatology, ESIC Medical College and PGIMSR, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Neethu Mary George
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DOI: 10.4103/cdr.cdr_1_21

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Acute skin failure (ASF) is due to dermatological conditions that cause total dysfunction of skin. Normal skin resists mechanical damage, protects body from external contaminants, regulates heat loss from the body, and retains body fluids and protein, all of which are lost in ASF. The treatment includes a multidisciplinary approach with aims to arrest the progression and heal the already formed lesions, wound care, fluid, electrolyte, and diet management. Along with medical management, it is extremely important to equally consider supportive therapy with correction of fluid and nutrient losses. Fluid and diet correction should neither be underdone, which can delay recovery, nor be overdone, which can lead to complications. The article covers the basis of fluid and nutritive loss and methods of correction in this dermatological emergency.

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