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


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

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

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

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