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Dark Scaly Patches On Skin
Itchy, scaly, dark patches of skin on both lower legs since a kid. Problem is now it's increasing. Wht shld I do? Is the dark skin permanent?
Sounds like Eczema: Could be eczema which can get worse over time. Avoid long hot showers and harsh and drying cleansers. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream. Use at least twice a day. For eczema flares, apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear. Dark skin can improve over time with proper treatment. ...Read more
Red scaling rashes generally fall into the category of "eczematous", meaning "like eczema". Eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic or irritant contact dermatitis, and some bacterial and fungal infections fall into this category. Red scaling rashes are often itchy and can ...Read more
My 7 yo daughter has some dark scaly patches on her neck. She is caucasian with lightly tan skin. Does not itch or bother her at all.
Dark patches: She may have acanthosis nigrans. See a dermatologist for a more definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
White scaly patches in the inner folds of my skin near the butt area. It itches and some pain from scratching. Do I have jock itch? I am a female.
I have dry scaly patches on my scalp. Head&shoulders doesn't work. My beautician said its psoriasis of the scalp. What should I use?
See below: See your dermatologist. You may need prescription for topical corticosteriods to treat this. ...Read more
Can you give me some advice about eczema. Itchy, scaly patches on face help sensitive skin problems?
See your doctor: This is a medical issue that lasts a life time and needs to be followed by a doctor. There are prescription treatments for this and your doctor needs to evaluate the problem to choose the correct medication as well as the products to use on your face. Your medspa doctor can also show you laser skin care that help restore your skin and improve the rash with products between visits. Avoid picking ...Read more
I have blotchy red scaly patches all over my legs and its only on my legs. They just appeared recently. And I mosturize daily so I feel like it shouldn't be from dry skin.
Scaly skin: This could be just due to dryness but if you were using moisturizing oil or cream, then may be something else needs to be looked at by a doctor. ...Read more
I recently noticed that my back and my chest is cover with dark scaly patches. What can it be? I tried mometasone furoate but is not working.
Rash on chest & back: One of the rashes on chest and back that has scaling patches either lighter or darker than skin color is tinea versicolor, a yeast infection of the skin. Tinea versicolor gets worse in hot weather. It is treated with dandruff shampoos like selenium sulfide or ketoconazole and topical or oral antifungal medications. Topical steroids do not help and may make it worse. Please see your dermatologist. ...Read more
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
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 scaly patch of skin on my ankle/foot. It's small (1 inch) and it doesn't itch, but it's annoying and darker than the rest of my skin.
Eczyma: Dry scaley area, try using a good moisturizing lotion. ...Read more
Red patches: Send pictures and we can talk.Get a more detailed answer ›
Eczema, other?: Eczema, a dry skin condition, is the first thing that comes to mind, but there may be other issues causing a similar appearance. Some might be related to an infection, so get baby checked by their pediatrician as soon as possible, especially if there's fever or other symptoms. In the meantime, use a moisturizing soap like dove and make sure only 100% cotton touches their skin. Don't get too warm. ...Read more
For a week now I have been having hives come up all over my body that itch and then turn to scabs or dry scaly patches?
Hives: A 23 year old female with itchy hives that turn to scabs or scaly dry patches for one week. Hives can be caused by multiple different things - sometimes infection, food, medication, insect stings, environmental allergens, etc. If hives last a long time, often no found cause. Take an oral antihistamine and visit your health care provider for further evaluation. ...Read more
6 mth old dry light red scaly patches on his forehead...Eczema? Can I apply something fot the dryness?
Large, pink, scaly patch followed by small red scaly patches all over thighs, arms, and body that itch pretty bad. Help!
I have many small and scaly patches all over my face. When I apply some moisturizer it burns. I can't get rid of it. Please help....!
Treat the cause: You have skin inflammation, which can be a result of a number of causes, including contact allergy, seborrhea, fungal/yeast infection, etc. See a doctor to determine and treat the cause. With inflammation, skin barrier is compromised, and many topicals will cause irritant reaction which causes burning. Use inert creams such as aquaphor oint, cerave or cetaphil cream to regain your barrier. ...Read more
I have red dots on my body after a while turning dry and scaly on top. Also red scaly patches in groin and underarm area. Could it be inverse psiorosis?
Not likely: Best see a dermatologist. Do not indulge in foolish speculation. ...Read more
Dry scaly patches on both breast. Live in New Orleans so weather isn't cold. Have never experienced this before?
May be: This is eczema but you need to find out what type it is? Please see a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more
I have white scaly patches on the inside on the arch in front of my tonsils. They have since grown in size and the underside of my tongue is peeling?
Had rash for past 2 weeks. Started in face, spread to trunk and limbs. Small raised red dots and few larger irreg, scaly patches. No itch. What's it?
Rash: Do you have any underlying condition? Autoimmune disease? DM? Could be eczema, psoriasis, reaction to medication or food or other product, sometimes with strep can get rash, can be fungal infection like ringworm (scabies is usually itchy). Since it is 2 weeks and spreading, seek medical attention at doctor/ urgent care /dermatologist. ...Read more
I have some lotar like scaly patches on my back breast face and tummy, what is it and how do I get rid of them?
See Provider: I notice you are on retin a (tretinoin) and antibiotics. What you are describing could be related to a pre existing skin condition or it could be related to the antibiotic you are taking. What you are describing could mean an allergic reaction, fungal infection or other skin condition called eczema. Please see your provider and check this out! ...Read more
Developed itchy, red patches on eyes. Switched to paleo diet. Eyes healed. Now have red, scaly patches at corner of mouth.?
I'm 20, on the back of my head I have a beige-brown, scaly patch. It has grown over the years into an oddly shape, doesn't hurt nor itch not bleeds...
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