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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

Dr. Christopher Scott
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Ichthyosis (Definition)

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 ...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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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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My penis is dry and scaly on the head. What could be the cause?

My penis is dry and scaly on the head. What could be the cause?

Might be fungal: Should have your dr / urgent care dr examine, as might be fungal infection (like w/athlete's foot) and need antifungal. Cannot say for sure over internet, as could also be overly dry skin or eczematous response, or potentially an std. ...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?

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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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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Please tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Moisturize: Use a mild, unscented moisturizer for sensitive skin (like Cetaphil). Avoid lon, hot baths/showers and moisturize while skin is still damp after coming out. Use a mild, non-drying soap. ...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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Can anyone tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Can anyone tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Dry, scaly skin: 1. Hydrate well with water. 2. Avoid lengthy or hot showers. 3. Use sunscreen consistently. 4. Avoid harsh or deodorant soaps - think hypoallergnic & unscented. 5. Only need frequent soap/cleanser on areas that are dirty or create body odor. 6. Use moisturizer as needed. 7. Aim for 8 hours of sleep per night. 8. Maintain a healthy diet. 9. See dermatologist to determine cause of dry, scaly skin. ...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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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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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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I have red spots on my penis that are dry and scaly looking. They are on the head and the shaft. What could it be? Is psoriasis possible on that area?

I have red spots on my penis that are dry and scaly looking. They are on the head and the shaft. What could it be? Is psoriasis possible on that area?

Penile scales: Yes you can get psoriasis on the penis. Could also be eczema or a yeast/fungal infection . Would follow up with dermatologist as you have to be careful using steroids on the penis as it can thin the skin .. ...Read more

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Found bright red/pink fleshy patch on right breast. Thought was ringworm, but no dry scaly skin. Rubbed;bled little bit. Doesn't itch. What is this?

Found bright red/pink fleshy patch on right breast. Thought was ringworm, but no dry scaly skin. Rubbed;bled little bit. Doesn't itch. What is this?

See a doctor: Without examining this it is impossible to say what it is, but anything that bleeds on your breast should be examined and diagnosed as quickly as possible. Good luck. ...Read more