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Peeling skin Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

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.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the peeling skin?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Has there been a previous red rash in the area of peeling skin?

    Why: Any extensive acute red rash commonly shows a stage of shedding large flakes of skin (desquamation) as it resolves.

  3. Is the peeling of the skin localized or generalized?
  4. If peeling of the skin is localized, where on the body is the skin peeling?

    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.

  5. Have you had contact with another person with a similar skin eruption?

    Why: may suggest scabies, tinea.

  6. Have you worn any new clothing recently?
  7. Have you been exposed to anything new lately?

    Why: e.g. cosmetics, soaps, clothes detergent, foods.

  8. Do you have a past history of a similar skin eruption?

    Why: may suggest atopic dermatitis (eczema).

  9. Do you have an allergic tendency?

    Why: e.g. asthma, hay fever - may suggest atopic dermatitis (eczema) or ichthyosis.

  10. Recent heat or sun exposure?

    Why: may suggest burn to skin from heat or sunburn as cause of skin peeling.

  11. Risk factors for precipitating psoriasis?

    Why: e.g. physical trauma, emotional stress, sunburn, puberty, menopause, skin infection and some medications.

  12. Past medical history?

    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.

  13. Medication?

    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.

  14. Family history of skin problems?

    Why: e.g. atopic dermatitis (eczema), ichthyosis, psoriasis.

  15. Possible poisoning?

    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.

  16. Itchy skin?

    Why: may suggest asteatotic eczema, tinea, scabies, dyshidrotic eczematous dermatitis (pompholyx), atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, lichen sclerosis, ichthyosis.

  17. Fever?

    Why: may suggest Scarlet fever, Kawasaki's disease, erythroderma, toxic epidermal necrolysis.

  18. Symptoms of scarlet fever?

    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.

  19. Symptoms of psoriasis?

    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.

  20. Symptoms of Kawasaki's disease?

    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.

  21. Symptoms of Ichthyosis?

    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.

  22. Symptoms of erythroderma?

    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.

  23. Symptoms of Toxic epidermal necrolysis?

    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.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Peeling skin:

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