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Ichthyosis (Definition)

Ichthyosis is a skin disorder that leads to dead skin cells accumulating in thick, dry scales on the skin's surface. This is hereditary and can range from mild to severe. Typically ...Read more


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Can anyone tell me what could be the cause of this elevated circle with dry scaly skin in between?

Can anyone tell me what could be the cause of this elevated circle with dry scaly skin in between?

Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. Treatment is with topical antifungals. Salicylic acid is not a recommended treatment for ringworm. ...Read more

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What could cause an elevated circle with dry scaly skin in between?

What could cause an elevated circle with dry scaly skin in between?

Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. Treatment is with topical antifungals. Salicylic acid is not a recommended treatment for ringworm. ...Read more

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What best cure for dry scaly skin?

What best cure for dry scaly skin?

Moisturizer: Frequent application of moisturizing cream, avoid excessive washing or showering, area humidifier if you live in a dry area. ...Read more

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Calamine for dry scaly skin, ok?

Calamine for dry scaly skin, ok?

Will make it worse: Calamine lotion is drying and cooling. For dry skin there are dozens of ointment and creams OTC. ...Read more

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I have a patch of dry, scaly skin on my finger that does not itch. What can it be?

Eczema: It coukd be a patch of eczema which is dry skin. Severity can vary. Hydrocortisone can help . However skin on finger is thicker and may require prescription cream if it is chronic. ...Read more

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Dry scaly skin across cheeks and nose , redness also present. What could it be?

Dry scaly skin across cheeks and nose , redness also present. What could it be?

Malar rash: A malar rash could signal an autoimmune condition, but could also be something as simple as eczema or rosacea. You should be evaluated in person to make sure you don't have a serious condition. ...Read more

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How to get rid of dry, scaly skin on my shins? It runs in my family.

How to get rid of dry, scaly skin on my shins?  It runs in my family.

Emollient: If using over the counter skin lotions are not helpful you should consult a dermatologist as it may be a specific disorder rather than garden variety skin dryness. ...Read more

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How can I avoid dry scaly skin on my feet: could it be athletes' foot?

How can I avoid dry scaly skin on my feet:  could it be athletes' foot?

Dry scaly feet: It could be athlete's foot or atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis, etc. You can try to prevent athlete's foot by wearing sandals, changing shoes/socks often and after exercise, using foot powder, washing and drying feet often, and avoiding wet public floors and wearing other people's shoes. A dermatologist will do a KOH prep of a scraping of your skin to confirm the diagnosis. See one. ...Read more

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How can I prevent dry scaly skin on my face? I don't overwash and don't use any acne medicines.

How can I prevent dry scaly skin on my face?  I don't overwash and don't use any acne medicines.

Scaly dry skin: Moisturizers are the treatment of choice - lotion during the day and ointments at night. Washing the face with soap and water 2x a week will also help; during those alternate days, use non-soap cleansers like cetaphil. Mild Hydrocortisone creams may slow down the dryness and alleviate associated itching. ...Read more

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