A patient taking tretinoin gel tells the nurse his skin is peeling. The nurse should:


•Tretinoin is used to treat acne. It commonly causes skin irritation, pruritus, and peeling due to its effect on epidermal cell turnover.

•Calling the physician is not needed, as this is an expected side effect.

•Never tell a patient to discontinue a medication or change the dosing schedule without consulting with the physician first.

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