Peeling skin syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Deciduous skin
- Familial continuous skin peeling
- Familial continuous skin peeling syndrome
- Idiopathic deciduous skin
- Keratolysis exfoliativa congenita
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There is currently no cure for peeling skin syndrome and unfortunately, no effective treatment has been reported. Topical emollients (skin softening ointments) may help; plain petroleum jelly has been used by some individuals. Keratolytic agents might speed up shedding and improve appearance. Treatments such as methotrexate, UVB phototherapy, isotretinoin, and oral corticosteroid therapy have been found to be ineffective in past studies.
Last updated: 6/13/2011
- Kshitij Garg, Devesh Singh, Devesh Mishra. Peeling skin syndrome: Current status. Dermatology Online Journal. March 2010; 16(3):10. http://dermatology.cdlib.org/1603/case_presentations/10-00031/garg.html. Accessed 6/13/2011.
- Peeling Skin Syndrome. NORD. October 18, 2010; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/575/viewAbstract. Accessed 6/13/2011.
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