When should you seek medical attention for peeling skin?

In some cases, the cause of skin peeling may be serious or even life threatening. Seek medical treatment quickly if you are experiencing:

  • Fever or chills
  • Skin pain or swelling
  • Confusion, disorientation or a loss of consciousness
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty with breathing
  • Joint pain
  • Hives, rash, or blisters including blisters in the mouth, eyes or genitals
  • Headache
  • Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Changes in vision or dryness of the eyes
  • Any large burn especially if the person is a child, elderly or otherwise sick

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/21/2018.


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