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Permanent treatment for scaly skin on legs?

Permanent treatment for scaly skin on legs?

Scaly leg skin: Scaly leg skin is often due to dryness, which can be caused by harsh soaps, hot water, chronic sun exposure or genetic condition with fish-like scales (ichthyosis vulgaris). Other health conditions associated with ichthyosis. You can improve the appearance of dry skin or ichthyosis by using good skin care and moisturizers with a little Alpha hydroxy acid in them but there is no permanent cure. ...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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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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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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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 can cause dry, itchy, scaly skin that seems to be spreading on different parts of my legs?

What can cause dry, itchy, scaly skin that seems to be spreading on different parts of my legs?

Diagnosing rashes: Correctly diagnosing a rash requires a good history and a physical exam. You could have dry skin, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, a dermatophyte infection or a large number of other diagnoses. To get a diagnosis of any rash, you really need to see a physician. Start with your primary care doctor, and consider a dermatologist if s/he isn't sure what to recommend.. ...Read more

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I have scaly skin on my legs, which looks especially terrible wheny skin is dry. I have had it for years and it doesn't itch or hurt. What's wrong?

I have scaly skin on my legs, which looks especially terrible wheny skin is dry. I have had it for years and it doesn't itch or hurt. What's wrong?

Coconut Oil/Fish Oil: Coconut oil helps with dry skin in the winter time when ingested. It looks like a jar of lard but tastes good enough--not as good as an easter egg. You can put it in hot cereal in the morning and even cook and bake with it. It heats up easily so be careful when cooking with it. Alternatively, high doses of marine fish oil can help if not on a blood thinners. Avoid alcohol-containing lotions. ...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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Bilateral edema in lower extremeties. Obese, dark discoloration on fingertips (not cynosis), dry scaly skin. PH of hypertension & hypothyroidism.

Bilateral edema in lower extremeties. Obese, dark discoloration on fingertips (not cynosis), dry scaly skin. PH of hypertension & hypothyroidism.

Need to examine: Given the multiple disorders, it would be prudent to see a doctor to exclude cellulitis. As you probably know, losing weight would do lot of good, not easy, but essential. Are you taking your medications for thyroid and hypertension, take the meds regularly.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...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

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How to get rid of thin scaly skin on my legs?

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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I have red patches ans scaly skin on palm and legs and heavy itching and ige levels goes very high over 1200?

I have red patches ans scaly skin on palm and legs and heavy itching and ige levels goes very high over 1200?

Eczema: Sounds like a classic case of atopic dermatitis or eczema. See an Allergist or Dermatologist to confirm and receive appropriate treatment. Poorly controlled eczema can cause elevated serum IgE levels. If you have other atopic conditions like allergic rhinitis this can also contribute. Topical steroid creams are helpful for patches, antihistamines for itching. ...Read more

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I have a patch of scaly skin on my thigh. Should I use clotrimazole or miconazole?

Hard to tell: Difficult to diagnose rashes without seeing them. If the rash is not red, crusty or with pus, most likely fungal or eczema. You could try the clotrimazole, but if it doesn't work, I'd try hydrocortisone. Of course, seeing a physician would be the best way to know for sure ...Read more

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My six year old has sunburnlike rasg on her legs and hips. No other symptoms rash is dry and scaly itchy and burning hot to touch?

My six year old has sunburnlike rasg on her legs and hips. No other symptoms rash is dry and scaly itchy and burning hot to touch?

Could be many things: The rash could be a simple reaction to a dryer sheet or laundry detergent or it might be a strep rash. If the kid has fever its time for a visit. If not, you might think of something that came in direct contact to those surfaces that would trigger the rash. ...Read more

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Six year old daughter had a strep rash after antibotics went away now back on legs. Only this time dry and scaly hot to touch burny itch. Nos?

Possible recurrence: This could be a recurrence of the infection or something totally different. It would be wise to get in tomorrow and have an exam & retest ...Read more

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Waste oil burn on my right leg. Silver cream treatment by first doc. Is it safe practice to manually remove dried flakes of silver cream on my wound by my second doc. I am treated first for 23 days with a silver cream. Second doc proceed with skin graft.

Burn: You have to be quite careful with wounds caused by second or third degree burns because of the propensity for infection. A specialist in wound care may debride these wounds carefully but no one else should interfere with the healing process especially since a skin graft is planned. ...Read more

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Boil like pimples on legs that are filled with pus and occur randomly. Leave scars and dry skin layer after they burst. What could it be n treatment?

Boil like pimples on legs that are filled with pus and occur randomly. Leave scars and dry skin layer after they burst. What could it be n treatment?

? folliculitis: These may be pustules caused by staphylloccus bacteria which colonize on your skin. If this is the problem, a course of potent antistaphylloccal antibiotic like dicloxacillin (if you're not allergic to penicillins) is required to clear this condition. For single pustules, use warm compresses and sterilize the surrounding skin (but not on the pustule) with rubbing alcohol. Use Bacitracin on boil. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for scaly dry skin on the face?

Is there a treatment for scaly dry skin on the face?

Moisturizer: The most effective treatment for scaly dry skin of the face is routine application of a fragrance free moisturizer. It will hydrate the epidermis and promote normal exfoliation. With time the barrier function will be optimized. ...Read more