- Peeling skin:
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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Peeling skin. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: to determine if acute or chronic.
Why: Any extensive acute red rash commonly shows a stage of shedding large flakes of skin (desquamation) as it resolves.
Why: may assist in helping determine the cause e.g. peeling between the toes may suggest tinea pedis; dry scaly peeling skin on legs of elderly especially in winter suggest asteatotic eczema; on heels suggest keratoderma climactericum; hands and wrists may suggest scabies; in flexures such as front of elbow and behind knee suggest dermatitis; on scalp may suggest psoriasis vulgaris; on fingertips may suggest Kawasaki disease.
Why: may suggest scabies, tinea.
Why: e.g. cosmetics, soaps, clothes detergent, foods.
Why: may suggest atopic dermatitis (eczema).
Why: e.g. asthma, hay fever - may suggest atopic dermatitis (eczema) or ichthyosis.
Why: may suggest burn to skin from heat or sunburn as cause of skin peeling.
Why: e.g. physical trauma, emotional stress, sunburn, puberty, menopause, skin infection and some medications.
Why: e.g. atopic dermatitis (eczema); psoriasis; Erythroderma may be associated with eczema (atopic dermatitis), allergic contact dermatitis, psoriasis, lymphoma, leukemia or adverse skin drug reaction; Systemic lupus erythematosus and HIV disease are associated with toxic epidermal necrolysis and Steven's Johnson syndrome.
Why: e.g. diuretics may predispose to asteatotic eczema; Retin-A and isotretinoin for severe acne may cause dry and peeling skin; Toxic epidermal necrolysis and Steven's Johnson syndrome may be cause by many medications including sulfa drugs, allopurinol, hydantoins, carbamazepine, piroxicam and phenylbutazone; psoriasis may be precipitated by some medications including chloroquine, beta-blocker blood pressure medication, lithium, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and oral contraceptives.
Why: e.g. atopic dermatitis (eczema), ichthyosis, psoriasis.
Why: e.g. acute toxicity from a single massive dose of Vitamin A may cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness followed within a few days by generalized peeling of the skin.
Why: may suggest asteatotic eczema, tinea, scabies, dyshidrotic eczematous dermatitis (pompholyx), atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, lichen sclerosis, ichthyosis.
Why: may suggest Scarlet fever, Kawasaki's disease, erythroderma, toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Why: e.g. malaise, sore throat, fever, vomiting. On second day of illness a red rash appears on neck and then becomes widespread. Rash is usually absent from face, palms and soles. Rash lasts for about 5 days before the skin peels and scales.
Why: e.g. The characteristics of the rash depends on the site affected. The commonest form has thickening of the skin, red skin patches that enlarge and then develop a silvery scale. The commonest sites are the back of the elbows and knees and then the scalp, lower back, genitals and nails. May be associated with painful joints.
Why: e.g. disorder occurring usually in children less than 5 years of age characterized by a fever of 5 days or more; irritability; lethargy; red eyes; red rash over body, especially the trunk and around the anus; swollen neck lymph nodes; redness, dryness and cracking of the lips; redness of the oral cavity and tongue; redness and swelling of the palms and soles; peeling of the skin on the palms, soles and fingertips; pain in the large joints.
Why: e.g. usually develops around the age of 3-12 months with scaling, dryness and itchiness most pronounced on the lower legs, arms and back.
Why: e.g. generalized redness, scaling and peeling involving almost the entire skin and associated with generalized lymph node enlargement, fever, fatigue, weakness and loss of appetite. Half of cases have a history of eczema (atopic dermatitis), allergic contact dermatitis, psoriasis, lymphoma, leukemia or adverse skin drug reaction.
Why: e.g. painful localized skin redness that rapidly spreads. Blisters then develop and then the skin peels off in large sheets. Associated with malaise, fevers, chills and muscle aches.
The following list of conditions have 'Peeling skin' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Peeling skin'
or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.
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