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Doctor insights on: Brown Scaly Patches On Skin

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I've had a red patch of skin on my leg for about 1.5 months. It got a bit larger and turning brown. A little scaly in middle. What could this be?

I've had a red patch of skin on my leg for about 1.5 months. It got a bit larger and turning brown. A little scaly in middle. What could this be?

Dermatologist helps: A primary care doctor can check to see what the patch might be. If needed, a dermatologist can help also. If there is something causing the spot (such as sports equipment), the cause can be removed. Sometimes, dry sensitive eczema patches look like reddish, slightly flaky areas. Also, tinea "ringworm" is a fungal skin infection that can look this way (the doctor can decide) and need an antifungal. ...Read more

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I have red, itchy and scaly round patches spreading on body. Some have turned brown. I tried Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) cortisone, selsun blue on skin and don't work.

I have red, itchy and scaly round patches spreading on body. Some have turned brown. I tried Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) cortisone, selsun blue on skin and don't work.

Virus or fungus or..: allergy , see if anything you did before this happened was new; food , clothes, exposures but could be a virus and will fade in a week or so or if fungus will spread, may need stronger things than over the counter like stronger steroid ointment , steroid pill like prednisone, pill for fungus like lamisil (terbinafine) and lamisil (terbinafine) cream [ever the counter] could be scabies if have animals or bed bugs ect;permethr ...Read more

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Should I try to remove the scaly patches of skin myself?

Should I try to remove the scaly patches of skin myself?

No: They will grow back. You need to treat the inflammation underneath initially with external medications such as tazorac, (tazarotene) taclonex, luxiq, dovonex to control problem. Picking can make it worse and will cause bleeding. ...Read more

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I have patches of skin that are scaly on my face how do i treat them, i also have some dark and light patches on my face do you recommend any products?

I have patches of skin that are scaly on my face how do i treat them, i also have some dark and light patches on my face do you recommend any products?

Depends....: Hi there FShelton. I'm sorry to hear about your skin changes. If the patches of skin are scaly, I would assume they are dry and you may potentially have eczema and would start with a moisturizer and use frequently. The light and dark patches could be various things but medications such as hydroquinone/azelaic acid are used often to lighten skin. This situation would best be evaluated in office. ...Read more

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How can I address red, scaly skin patches?

How can I address red, scaly skin patches?

Too general.: There are so many causes of red, scaly patches that we cannot possibly give you an intelligent answer without more information. If this is a new development, you should see a dermatologist and get a definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a discolored dark, itchy, scaly patch of skin on my back. What could it be and how can I remedy it?

I have a discolored dark, itchy, scaly patch of skin on my back.  What could it be and how can I remedy it?

Need diagnosis: I recommend you see an MD to get a diagnosis to better be able to say how to remedy it! Could be ecsema allergic reaction, infection or other etiology. Therefore, hard to say how to treat. ...Read more

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Irregularly shaped dry scaly dime sized patch appeared on back. Dark brown w/few light parts. Not itchy. Wont go away. Should I be concerned? Thanks.

Irregularly shaped dry scaly dime sized patch appeared on back. Dark brown w/few light parts. Not itchy. Wont go away. Should I be concerned? Thanks.

Have it checked: Any new rash that is worrying you should be seen by an MD. Since it's hard to look at your back each day it's best to have a professional help determine if it's anything to be concerned about - especially if you have a history of lots of sun exposure to your back over the years. Good luck! ...Read more

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Red itchy(scaly, dray skin) patches on my chest appearing, what is this?

Possibly eczema: There are many skin trashes that can match your description and it would be wise to see a doctor and get a diagnosis and treatment. Psoriasis or allergic dermatitis may also mimic what you have described. ...Read more