Outside dermatology, the term “dermatologic emergency” is often regarded as an oxymoron. Unless a patient’s skin is sloughing off — as in Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis — a dermatologist is not typically the first physician called when a patient presents in the emergency room. Yet, according to Ronni Wolf, MD, there are such emergencies, which are “best categorized into primary skin diseases and severe systemic disorders with cutaneous manifestations.”

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