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My daughter has a dry skin in her legs it looks like a dry skin of a snake. Is this normal for a 2 year old and how will I treat her skin/leg.?

My daughter has a dry skin in her legs it looks like a dry skin of a snake. Is this normal for a 2 year old and how will I treat her skin/leg.?

See below.: No this isn't normal. It sounds like she has a form of eczema. There's a lot you can do to help her skin -- check out my tips on healthtap that are about eczema. If these suggestions don't clear up her skin completely, talk to her doctor about adding some prescription ointment, but keep following my skin care tips along with it. If you don't do the basics, the prescription won't help much. ...Read more

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I have a circle rash on upper leg red in color and dry crusty skin on it does not itch what could it be? Looks like spreading had for a few weeks

I have a circle rash on upper leg red in color and dry crusty skin on it does not itch what could it be? Looks like spreading had for a few weeks

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...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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White, dry patches of skin on my arm and occasionally on my legs. Flaky in appearance but not itchy. Most prominent after water contact... What is it?

White, dry patches of skin on my arm and occasionally on my legs. Flaky in appearance but not itchy. Most prominent after water contact... What is it?

Pityriasis alba: This is related to dry skin. Use a cream for dry skin soon after water immersion. Be patient. It is likely to improve in future. ...Read more

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I have a small hole in my heel and it looks like dry skin. Any idea of what this could be?

I have a small hole in my heel and it looks like dry skin. Any idea of what this could be?

It might be a hole: From dry skin. Dry moisturizing if that is what it is. Since, we can't see it, we roy on you to describe for us.... ...Read more

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My 10 yr old daughter has a rash that looks like dry skin with blisters or flea bites. She says it has been there for months back right knee/calf.

My 10 yr old daughter has a rash that looks like dry skin with blisters or flea bites. She says it has been there for months back right knee/calf.

Could Be, but..: To help you I would need a few more clues. Right now I would say it could be a lot of things. As a general rule if its dry its okay to put hydrocortisone, but if it looks damp lotrimin (clotrimazole) to start. Could be eczema, could be tinea and the treatments for either could make the other worse. I would suggest a visit to your pcp, or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are good remedies for snake like skin on legs?

What are good remedies for snake like skin on legs?

Hydrate: You need to drink more water and avoid caffeine products as well as alcohol.
This will improve your circulation as well and allow your moisturizer to work.
Apply it after the shower before using the towel. After applying the moisturizer very gently pat dry. Overly dry skin may be sun damaged and you also need to avoid the sun in the future and use sun block. Do not dry shave your legs. ...Read more

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I got sunburned on my leg. My skin has turned slightly shiny. Is this a good sign? It looks like it's it may become dead skin

I got sunburned on my leg. My skin has turned slightly shiny. Is this a good sign? It looks like it's it may become dead skin

Hydrate: After a sun burn, always try to hydrate the skin. Drink plenty of water. When you get out of the shower, while your skin is still soaking wet, rub in baby oil for 20 seconds, then towel dry. In addition, next time you get a sun burn, take 2 asperin (not tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen) every 6 hours for the first day. If it is a bad burn, then go see your dr immediately ...Read more

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What is this piple like thing on my 11 year old brothers leg? Looks like a piple you can't pop it all around it his skin is red and hard

What is this piple like thing on my 11 year old brothers leg? Looks like a piple you can't pop it all around it his skin is red and hard

Likely an abscess: There is likely a collection of germs that have moved deep within the skin & formed an abscess.For now, apply a warm moist heat which can sometimes bring the infection to a point where it will drain. If it does not improve soon have it looked at. ...Read more

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My grandmother has painful leg. Looks like skin problem but the leg is painful. She got no help from rheumathologist. Can you please advise?

Need more Data: Did the rheuamtologist give you a diagnosis - need to start with that and what testing was done. If not satisfied see another rheumatologist. Ask dermatologist to define the skin problem. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of local skin rash on kids leg, looks like a big ring, that length for few weeks, usually not itch?

Ring worm: The Rash is either numular eczema or ring worm. You can try to treat ring worm by using an OTC ointment for fungi and yeast. Tinactin (tolnaftate) or lotrmin are examples. Use this 2-3 times a day for two weeks and it should fade. The ointment will help the eczema so you are treating both. But the eczema will return because it needs longer treatment. For eczema try hydrocortisone ointment as above ...Read more

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Rough white growth on leg. It's a growth that looks like a lumpy mass of dead skin cells. Not itchy, but when I scrape off it bleeds and grows back?

Rough white growth on leg. It's a growth that looks like a lumpy mass of dead skin cells. Not itchy, but when I scrape off it bleeds and grows back?

Need to see DERM: Lesions that bleed and grow back not looking like healthy pink skin are a concern. Schedule an appointment with a Dermatologist skin doctor for bx and rx. ...Read more

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A week ago I noticed what I thought was a small boil on my leg but now is really big, Red, hard to touch. No head. Looks like a bite. What should I Do?

A week ago I noticed what I thought was a small boil on my leg but now is really big, Red, hard to touch. No head. Looks like a bite. What should I Do?

Abscess: This could be now an abscess and might need to be opened under local anesthesia. Have it looked at by your primary care physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I woke up and noticed that I had a bump on the outside of my leg. It doesn't itch but it looks like there's a white head or some liquid inside and it?

I woke up and noticed that I had a bump on the outside of my leg. It doesn't itch but it looks like there's a white head or some liquid inside and it?

Leg lesion: You need to provide more information : the size, is it painful? Is it red around the " whitehead"?
It may be as simple as folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicle but please send more detailed description. Meanwhil do not squeeze it- put a warm compress on it and keep it clean ...Read more

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Help docs? Why is my skin really dry after having a broken leg?

Help docs? Why is my skin really dry after having a broken leg?

If your leg has: Been casted- there is probably a lot of dry, dead skin that could not be exfoliated and shed like normal. ...Read more

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I suffered fire burns on both leg for five months ago and my skin looks whitish. (Hypopigmentation). What can I do to improve my condition. Thank you?

Depigmentation: Unfortunately loss of pigmentation in scar tissue for the most part is permanent. For evaluation and advice I recommend consultation with a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon. Another suggestion is to see a skilled cosmetitian or beautician for makeup advice. ...Read more

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Dried skin on sides of legs fingers. What is the solution?

Dried skin on sides of legs fingers. What is the solution?

Moisturize: There are what are referred to as therapeutic moisturizers -- those that contain aha's or urea. Examples include lachydrin (lactic acid) 5 lotion/amlactin lotion and cream, Alpha glycolic lotion, eucerin professional strength lotion, etc. These are very effective in treating dry and thickened skin conditions. ...Read more

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I have dry skin on my legs. Please suggest an unharmful moisturiser?

I have dry skin on my legs. Please suggest an unharmful moisturiser?

Health Tap: Asks their doctors not to recommend specific brands or product lines. Avoid lengthy showers w hot water (warm is better). Oil-based moisturizers hydrate skin. Moisturize skin often. Hydrate well – especially w water. Eat a nutritious diet. Use gentle soaps or cleansers that are unscented & hypoallergenic. Avoid deodorant soaps or other harsh soaps. Remember that you don’t have to wash entire ...Read more

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My skin in leg is very itchy. Also when I scratch the dead skin peel off. Now my skin is like a snake?

Ichthyosis vulgaris: Ichthyosis vulgaris is an inherited skin disorder in which dead skin cells accumulate in thick, dry scales on your skin's surface. Symptoms usually worsen or are more pronounced in cold, dry environments and tend to improve or even resolve in warm, humid environments. The experts at the Mayo Clinic suggest using moisturizers with urea or propylene glycol—even simple petroleum jelly. For best results, apply directly after bathing or swimming (Mayo). Using moisturizing, fragrance- and dye-free soaps can also help. ...Read more

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I've 2 bumps under the skin, (leg) painless and 1 cm, looks like mosquito bites. I had one suddenly for a week, and the second within two days, how??!

Skin bumps: Hello, without access to a picture or being able to visualize this lesion, it sounds as thought this could be a flea bite if you have animals or bed bug bite if you recently stayed in a hotel. You can treat both with OTC cortisone cream like cortoderm cream or any anti-histamine cream at all. If it progresses please see a doctor to evaluate. Thanks ...Read more

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The skin between my legs looks like its full of dirt but even if I scrub and scrub it doesn't go away. I got it right after I got pregnant. What is it?

Melanin: Pregnancy hormones can cause the melanin cells in your skin to produce more pigment. This is more common on the face and on a line up the center of your abdomen. However, increased pigmentation can be seen almost anywhere.

Another possibility is something called "acanthosis nigricans, " this is a velvety, hyperpigmented area on the skin that is a sign of Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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Leg skin is dry--what shall I do?

Leg skin is dry--what shall I do?

Moisturize: If you have not tried it before, you may want to moisturize the skin with an otc moisturizer like cetaphil, vaseline, eucerin etc.
Avoid harsh soaps, cleansers, laundry detergents and other skin irritants.
If severe or associated with other symptoms it is wise to see your doctor or a dermatologist ie skin doctor. ...Read more

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What is a circle of dry skin on leg?

What is a circle of dry skin on leg?

Dry leg skin: Most commonly an itchy circular patch of dry skin is nummular eczema. Other possibilities are psoriasis and ringworm (fungal infection). There are some more rare causes, but evaluation by a dermatologist would be quick and get you the correct treatment for what you have. ...Read more

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What should I do about dry skin on my legs?

Dry skin: Cetaphil® restoraderm® skin restoring moisturizer is suited for anyone three months of age and older with dry, itchy skin symptoms commonly associated with eczema or atopic-dermatitis. Best used after cleansing with restoraderm® skin restoring body wash, this effective moisturizer with patented filaggrin technology™ and ceramide technology is formulated to hydrate and soothe very dry, atopic skin. ...Read more