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Monday, May 18, 2015

WHAT EXACTLY IS PEELING SKIN?


(Desquamation) Peeling skin is the loss or shedding of the outer layer of your skin (epidermis). Peeling skin can be caused by direct damage to the skin or by a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. Peeling skin can affect a small area of the skin or the full body and can occur in all age groups and populations. Depending on the cause of peeling skin, it may go away with over-the-counter (OTC) creams or lotions, or it may require treatment of an underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Because of the range of possible causes of peeling skin, a correct diagnosis of the underlying disease, disorder or condition is very important. The goal of the clinical evaluation is to identify the root cause for peeling skin. It is therefore advised to contact your health care provider for a physical examination before jumping into any self medication.

Peeling skin that is associated with confusion, change in consciousness, blisters or sores, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, skin pain, or facial swelling can indicate a serious, life-threatening condition, such as toxic shock syndrome or Stevens-Johnson syndrome. The quickest suggestion would be! Seek immediate medical care if you, or someone you are with, is experiencing peeling skin with any of the above mentioned symptoms. Seek prompt medical care if your peeling skin is unexplained, persistent, or causes you concern.

BOLA AKINBOADE-BELLO presents to you other symptoms that might occur with peeling skin!
Peeling skin may be accompanied by other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Other symptoms may affect the digestive tract, respiratory system, nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, immune system, or integumentary system (skin and associated tissues).

Skin symptoms that may occur along with peeling skin
Peeling skin may accompany other symptoms affecting the skin including:
           Bleeding
           Blistering
           Burning
           Dryness
           Inflammation
           Irritation
           Itching
           Rash
           Redness
           Scaling
           Swelling
           Thickening
           Warmth

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, peeling skin may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition, such as toxic shock syndrome or Stevens-Johnson syndrome that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting.(ADVISE!!!!) Seek immediate medical care
           Change in vision or other eye symptoms such as dry eyes
           Confusion or change in alertness or consciousness, such as lethargy or passing out
           Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
           Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing
           Headache
           High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
           Hives or swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue or throat
           Joint pain, skin pain, or itching
           Seizure
           Shedding or sloughing of large sheets of skin
           Sores, lesions, or blistering rash or blisters on mucous membranes
           Swollen lymph nodes or other signs of infection, such as flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches, and pains)

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