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When to Call A Doctor

Call your primary care physician or a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in skin problems) if you have any of the following problems:

  • Dry skin that doesn't respond to nonprescription treatments

  • A severe case of blistering sunburn

  • A milder sunburn over a very large portion of your skin, especially if your painful skin makes it hard for you to sleep or to wear clothing

  • A persistent scaly patch or nodule anywhere on your skin, or a skin ulcer that does not heal

  • Abnormal bleeding under the skin, or skin that bruises very easily

  • Any change in moles

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