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There is a rough, dry patch on top of a two-year olds scalp. What can I use to treat this?

There is a rough, dry patch on top of a two-year olds scalp. What can I use to treat this?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a dry patch of skin on my chest. Is this a concern? I've had it for a while, but never thought anything much of it.

I have a dry patch of skin on my chest. Is this a concern? I've had it for a while, but never thought anything much of it.

No immediate concern: The matter is not likely to be of any immediate importance, however, as and when you see your doctor for any other purpose, it would be prudent to have her/him take a look at the lesion. ...Read more

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He has a dry patch at his inner thighs been there since I met him it itches him its white, flakey & bleeds. He is a large man & his thighs are close?

He has a dry patch at his inner thighs been there since I met him it itches him its white, flakey & bleeds. He is a large man & his thighs are close?

Skin infection: This could be a kind of skin infection called a yeast infection. This usually starts on warm, moist areas of skin, like under skin folds. It can be treated with creams. I suggest letting a doctor take a look at it first though to verify what kind of rash it might be. ...Read more

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Hello! I have had a dry patch of skin on my hip, it has been there now for at least two months!

Hello! I have had a dry patch of skin on my hip, it has been there now for at least two months!

Rash on Hip: Without seeing the lesion it is almost impossible to make a diagnosis. This could be eczema which is dry skin and treated with prescription topical cortisone. This could be a fungal infection which is treated with antifungal medication. This could also be an allergic contact dermatitis which is treated with prescription topical cortisone. The allergic agent must be removed. ...Read more

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My 4 mo old has a dry patch of skin that's kind of brownish color. It's quite bumpy. What could this be?

My 4 mo old has a dry patch of skin that's kind of brownish color. It's quite bumpy. What could this be?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What is a dry patch in the mouth mean?

What is a dry patch in the mouth mean?

Dry patch in mouth.: Any part of your mouth that is not moist is a concern. It could be as simple as a food allergy or as serious as oral cancer. Although oral cancer is rare it should be taken very seriously. Schedule an appointment with your dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is a red dry patch called on a forehead?

What is a red dry patch called on a forehead?

Eczema: It could be a patch of eczema or even an extension of a dry scalp condition call seborrheic dermatitis. Both of these can present with red, dry patches. The treatment for these conditions is usually lotion and topical steroid. For a scalp condition is may include the use of a medication shampoo. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there is a dry patch on my eyelid?

What does it mean when there is a dry patch on my eyelid?

Depends: This could be an allergic reaction or a general inflammatory condition such as eczema or dermatitis. Generally, lubrication with ointment or very thin layer with otc Hydrocortisone cream can help. If it persists or worsens, you should see an ophthalmologist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have this dry patch on my leg it is itchy and scaly and has discoloration! What could thus be?

I have this dry patch on my leg it is itchy and scaly and has discoloration! What could thus be?

Get it evaluated: The possibilities are numerous and there is no way to diagnose without being able to see the lesion. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What can a red dry patch on my eyelid mean?

What can a red dry patch on my eyelid mean?

Dermatitis: Usually seborrheic dermatitis. Try using vaseline for a few days. If not improved you may benefit from seeing your dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a dry patch at both corners of my bottom lip. What could be the cause & how can I treat it?

I have a dry patch at both corners of my bottom lip. What could be the cause & how can I treat it?

Perleche: Most likely it would be perleche, which is also called angular cheilitis. To treat it you can buy Hydrocortisone cream 1% and Clotrimazole cream, mix a small amount of both on the fingers and apply to the rash three times a day for a week or so. ...Read more

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Pityriasis rosea, I've had it before. Does the herald patch appear in the same spot? I think I have it again & there's a dry patch on my shoulder

Pityriasis rosea, I've had it before. Does the herald patch appear in the same spot? I think I have it again & there's a dry patch on my shoulder

Pityriasis Rosea: Pityriasis rosea is believed to be caused by a virus. It occurs most often in the fall and spring.
Although pityriasis rosea may occur in more than one person in a household at a time, it is not thought to spread from one person to another. Rarely, the following tests are needed:
A blood test to be sure it is not a form of syphilis, which can cause a similar rash. Rare to get PR twice. ...Read more

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My dad has a raised dry patch on his arm about the size of a dime. It's pinkish. He has one on his chest also and they've been there quite a while.

My dad has a raised dry patch on his arm about the size of a dime. It's pinkish. He has one on his chest also and they've been there quite a while.

Needs to be checked: Skin lesions need to be checked — especially if changing or growing, but if unsure — I would advise seeing Dermatologist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Dry patch on upper eyelids. I peel flakes off, comes back next day. Went away with tanning bed, but stopped going. How to make it go away permanently?

Dry patch on upper eyelids. I peel flakes off, comes back next day. Went away with tanning bed, but stopped going. How to make it go away permanently?

Hold off on products: Sometimes this can be a skin reaction to make up or other skin products. If you use make up or cleansers in the area, try using nothing for at least a week. If the dry patch continues, see your doctor. ...Read more