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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?

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 Rash (Definition)

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


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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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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.

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.

Intertrigo: Not related to diet. Try OTC hydrocortisone and miconazole (or clotrimazole) creams together. Whenever it feels wet or itchy or irritated, gently clean off with bathroom paper (or kleenex) using any lotion. In the shower, wash with hands only, no scrubbing. ...Read more

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Can you give me some advice about eczema. Itchy, scaly patches on face help sensitive skin problems?

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

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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.

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

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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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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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What does it mean if my baby has red, scaly patches all over?

What does it mean if my baby has red, scaly patches all over?

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

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I have had red scaly patches due to plaque psoriasis for over 20 years. What can I do?

I have had red scaly patches due to plaque psoriasis for over 20 years. What can I do?

Many: There are many treatment options for psoriasis including light therapy, topical therapies, pills and injections. Discuss with your dermatologist to see what would be best for you. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Large, pink, scaly patch followed by small red scaly patches all over thighs, arms, and body that itch pretty bad. Help!

Large, pink, scaly patch followed by small red scaly patches all over thighs, arms, and body that itch pretty bad. Help!

Herald patch: The large pink patch is known as a herald patch. It is present in a fungal condition known as pityriasis rosea. The rash may last 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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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

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Red scaly patches around my mouth and slightly into my lower left cheek, is this eczema?

Red scaly patches around my mouth and slightly into my lower left cheek, is this eczema?

May be: This is eczema but you need to find out what type it is? Please see a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Scaling tongue: May be fungal infection, strep but you should follow up with doctor in next 24 hours, for treatment may need antibiotics, antifungal medication ...Read more

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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

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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

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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