Peeling skin syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by localized or general spontaneous peeling of the skin. According to the Dermatology Online Journal, this disorder can be present when a child is born or it may develop later. It is a genetic disorder.
According to WebMD, there are two main types of peeling skin syndrome. The non-inflammatory form is known as Type A, while the inflammatory type is called type B. Congenital erythroderma occurs with the latter type. This symptom shows itself as a bright red coloring of the skin. Some people think that this is associated with another condition known as Netherton syndrome. This is an autosomal recessive skin disorder.
Of course the main symptom of peeling skin syndrome is the peeling of the skin. The peeling of the skin can be present in various parts of the body, including the neck, back and extremities. Friction appears to exacerbate the peeling.
In addition to pealing skin, some patients report that their skin feels itchy. The skin may also feel dry. Scaly or thick skin is another symptom of this condition.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure for peeling skin syndrome. Certain treatments may help to minimize the symptoms, however. Moisturizers like petroleum jelly may help keep the skin moist to aid with the peeling.
Certain items can exacerbate the condition, and these should be avoided. These include items with vitamin A and corticosteroids. Steps should also be taken to avoid anything further that can dry out the skin such as excessive soap.
Someone who is suffering from peeling skin syndrome should make efforts to avoid friction against the skin. It can be difficult because they may feel very itchy. It is very important to resist scratching because this can only make the peeling worse. In addition, scratching can introduce infection into the skin, and this can cause its own problems.
Some people may experience mental anguish because of peeling skin syndrome. They may be uncomfortable by their appearance. If the discomfort from this becomes extreme, a consultation with a mental health counselor may be helpful.
Peeling skin syndrome can be a challenging condition to face, but it is fortunately very rare. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of this condition, consult a doctor for an examination and diagnosis. Peeling skin can also be a symptom of other diseases such as Kawaski Disease thus it is important to speak to your health care provider to get a professional opinion.