At times, peeling skin can also be an indication of a problem with the immune system or another illness. Rashes, dryness, irritation, and other skin problems can be the result of peeling skin. It is usually uncommon for newborn babies born over their due date to endure painless skin peeling.
While newborn skin peeling is normal, some forms of peeling are not. Peeling skin syndrome (PSS) is a group of rare inherited skin disorders. The normal gradual process of invisible shedding of the outermost skin layers is hastened and/or aggravated in these cases.
PSS is characterized by painless, continual, spontaneous skin peeling (exfoliation). A separation of the outermost layer of the epidermis from the underlying layers is the cause. Peeling skin syndrome is variously known as keratolysis exfoliativa, congenital deciduous skin, and familial continual skin peeling.
Some symptoms of peeling skin syndrome may be present at birth. They appear in early childhood in other cases. Most forms of peeling skin syndrome appear during infancy. Some infants develop blisters and erosion on their hands and feet.
Causes and Treatments for Peeling Skin Syndrome
As of now, researchers have identified genetic changes in several distinct genes as the cause of peeling skin syndrome. All known forms of the disease have been inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. This means the baby inherits two abnormal copies of the disease gene, one from each parent. There is usually no peak season for the peeling. However, some patients have reportedly had it worse during the summer.
Applying skin softening ointments is advisable after a bath. The skin is still moist at that point. Plain petroleum jelly or Vaseline can offer relief. Drugs derived from vitamin A, such as tretinoin and etretinate, could also be effective. Consult your doctor for more information.
While rashes and other skin conditions are fairly normal for newborn babies it would still help for parents to be able to differentiate newborn skin peeling from the less common variety. When a child emerges from the womb, vernix caseosa covers their body. That layer usually peels off soon after birth but dry, peeling skin might still be noticeable for the first few weeks.
On rare occasions, some infants may be manifesting symptoms of peeling skin syndrome. This happens when the baby inherits two abnormal copies of the disease gene. Skin softening ointments, petroleum jelly, and drugs derived from vitamin A should prove effective in soothing their skin.
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