So sorry to hear this is happening to your hubby's gram. Poor thing! She must be feeling pretty miserable, I imagine. Give her a hug from me.
Is she seeing a really good doctor for this? What's the doctor saying about what can be done for her?
Here is an excerpt that I took from my old Lippincott Nursing book on the management and nursing interventions of this disease process: (It often starts out as a sunburn, then worsens...)
(1) All offending drugs must be discontinued; early recognition of offending drug(s) will shorten duration of illness.
(2) Underlying systemic disease is treated if known - to control erythroderma secondary to neoplastic process.
(3) Patient is hospitalized and placed on bed rest.
a) Maintain comfortable room temperature -- patient does
not have normal thermoregulatory control because
of temperature fluctuations from vasodilatation and
transepidermal water loss.
b) Avoid cooling and overheating.
4) Fluids and electrolytes are monitored; any deficit is corrected.
5) Topical and/or systemic steroids are administered -- prescribed for selected patients depending on underlying cause.
6) Soothing baths and lubrication with emolients are used -- to give symptomatic relief.
7) Watch for symptoms of heart failure -- hyperemia and increased cutaneous blood flow can produce a cardiac failure of high-output origin.
8) Nursing surveillance is maintained for intercurrent or cutaneous infection; the erythematous, moist skin is receptive to infection and becomes colonized with pathogenic organisms, which produce more inflammation.
9) Patient is advised to avoid all irritants, particularly drugs.
*I hope this helps, TracyB. I'll be praying for comfort and relief of pain for your husband's Gram, as well as a healing from this disease. Amen! :kiss