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Extreamly Dry Legs Looks Like Snake Skin
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
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
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
A red small spot on my leg for over 2 years looks like dry skin. A surgeon said to watch it, now I have more on my legs + arms, feel rough noy\t itch?
Needs to be seen Mme: By a dermatologist, given the history and description of the conditions, best wishes ...Read more
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?
I have a rash on my thigh. It's red with small bumps but smooth and itchy. It looks like dry skin with the white dry skin. Recommendations?
My knee has a very dark rough spot that sort of looks like a small bruise. I've had it for so long it never seems to go away. Is it dead skin? It's so rough compared to the rest of my knee. I also have very rough dry dark areas around my big toe that is
Hi, I have an extremely itchy red, raised rash on the inside of my left thigh. It sort of looks like leopard print. Its not dry skin.
Need to be seen: Can't deduce what you have without history and physical examination, kindly see your doctor/dermatologist, good luck ...Read more
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
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
I've had this tiny blue dot on my leg for years. It looks like a pen dot but its not and its under the skin. Any ideas?
Blue nevus: See a dermatologist for definitive answer.Get a more detailed answer ›
I suddenly have blue spots underneath the surface of my skin. It looks like blood and it is on my leg. What could this be?
SSee derm: Please see your dermatologist asap to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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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