When Should I Call My Doctor About My Peeling Skin?

Updated: Oct 3



If you've been experiencing skin peeling after sun exposure, don't panic! It's a common reaction that usually goes away within a week or two. However, if your skin doesn't start to improve after a few days or if the peeling is accompanied by other symptoms, it may be time to call a doctor.


What could be causing your skin to peel and what symptoms are associated with it?


There are a few different things that can cause skin peeling, including sunburns, skin infections, and certain skin disorders. The symptoms will depend on the underlying cause of the skin peeling. For example, if you have a sunburn, you may experience redness, pain, and swelling in addition to skin peeling. If you have an infection, you may also have a fever and skin that is warm to the touch.


Certain skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, can also cause skin peeling. These conditions usually cause itchiness and redness in addition to skin peeling.


If you’re not sure what is causing your skin to peel, you should always consult with a doctor or dermatologist. They will be able to help you identify the underlying cause and recommend the best course of treatment.


When should you call a doctor about peeling skin and what kind of questions will they ask you?


You should call your doctor if you’re experiencing skin peeling that is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, pain, or redness. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and any medications you’re currently taking. They will also ask you about your skin care routine and whether you have recently been exposed to any irritants.


The treatment for skin peeling will depend on the underlying cause. For example, if you have a sunburn, you may be treated with a topical cream or ointment to help relieve the pain and swelling, whereas if you have an infection, you may need to take antibiotics.


Consult with a qualified skin doctor within minutes, with the Helfie Skin Checker App


Severely peeling skin can be a sign of a serious condition. Don’t wait for an appointment at a medical clinic – you can have your skin assessed and diagnosed by a qualified and experienced skin doctor within minutes, using the Helfie Skin Checker App.


Simply use the app to snap a photo of your peeling skin (or any other skin abnormality, for that matter) and Helfie’s AI will instantly conduct a risk assessment. After this, you’ll be connected with an expert skin doctor for a remote consultation and diagnosis. Helfie’s doctors are drawn from established networks like Sun Doctors (Australia), and they see hundreds of patients every year.


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