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Peeling skin

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Peeling skin happens when the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis) becomes damaged & separates from the lower layers. It can come from external damage (such as sunburn or infection) or from a systemic condition such as disease or immune system disorder.

Peeling skin can be treated in a number of different ways, as it can have several different causes. In the case of chronic dry skin, dermatitis, or eczema, a regular use of emollients & soap substitutes may be of use. In the case of chronic disease, you may be prescribed medication, anti-inflammatories, or medicated topicals such as corticosteroids.
If you are experiencing peeling skin on an ongoing basis, or have suffered a serious burn or sunburn, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come & see a dermatologist, who can give you the best possible care for your skin.

Definition

Peeling skin happens when the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis) becomes damaged & separates from the lower layers. It can come from external damage (such as sunburn or infection) or from a systemic condition such as disease or immune system disorder.

Symptoms

A number of conditions can cause peeling skin, & so you may experience a range of different symptoms depending on the cause, such as rash, itching, dryness, & inflammation. Peeling skin can affect a small or large area of skin, & may be due to short-term or chronic (long-term) factors.
Peeling skin that is caused by environmental factors such as sun, wind, humidity, dryness, heat, or cold can irritate the skin, leading to redness & peeling.
When the skin is peeling in conjunction with a disease or other health condition, some possible symptoms include redness (erythema), rash, spots, bumps, wheals or welts, flaky or scaly skin, mild or intense itching, joint pain, fatigue, muscle aches & pains, skin blisters, sores, lesions, swelling of the lips, face or throat.
Symptoms accompanying peeling skin can affect other parts of the body, not just the skin.
Some of the conditions that can cause the skin to peel include:
Allergic reaction (to an environmental irritant such as weather conditions or pollen, chemical irritant such as soap or detergent, food allergy)
Dry skin (chronic or short-term dryness)
Atopic dermatitis (eczema), often accompanied by bumps or spots which may ooze
Contact dermatitis, with redness, rash, & bumps
Seborrheic dermatitis, causing rough & scaly skin, usually on the scalp or face
Infection (staph infection, fungal infection)
Athlete’s foot or jock itch, where the skin can be itchy, sore, and/or cracked
Immune system diseases (such as bullous pemphigoid, psoriasis, scleroderma)
Kawasaki disease
Pemphigus
Ringworm, accompanied by a red, ring-shaped or very round rash)
Scarlet fever
Sunburn, if accompanied by nausea, fever, chills, large areas of blisters or peeling, or mild confusion, is severe & requires immediate medical attention
Genetic disease
Cancer or treatment for cancer
Taking a course of medication that causes side effects of skin peeling
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Acral peeling skin syndrome
Stevens-Johnson syndrome
Toxic shock syndrome

Step By Step

Step 1

Consultation

Your consultation will involve a physical examination, discussion of symptoms, & any further testing that may be of use in your diagnosis. Several different conditions can cause symptoms of peeling skin, & so what happens during your consultation will depend on your individual case.
 
Step 2

Procedure

The dermatologist may take a skin sample, or request a biopsy or blood tests if necessary for your diagnosis.
 
Step 3

After The Treatment

You will be given a treatment plan & prescriptions for treatment where required. The dermatologist will go over any follow-up appointments or aftercare instructions with you during the consultation.