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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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My son has itching and white scaly skin on his elbows, ?

My son has itching and white scaly skin on his elbows, ?

Contact Dermatitis?: He may have contact dermatitis or an localsed allergic rash. You can try using over the counter 1% Hydrocortisone cream and if not better consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a permanent cure for scaly skin, or is it incurable?

Is there a permanent cure for scaly skin, or is it incurable?

Scaly Skin: Scaly skin is a common symptom of dry skin and can occur anywhere on the body, although it is most common on the lower legs, arms and thighs. While scaly skin can be caused by a variety of conditions, most scaly skin will result from natural processes or environments, such as normal aging or cold, dry environments. See your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How can I address red, scaly skin patches?

Too general.: There are so many causes of red, scaly patches that we cannot possibly give you an intelligent answer without more information. If this is a new development, you should see a dermatologist and get a definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...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 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 is the best nourishment cream for dry, patchy, and scaly skin?

What is the best nourishment cream for dry, patchy, and scaly skin?

Moisturizer: Apply an inexpensive fragrance free moisturizer. It will hydrate the damaged epidermis, increasing its barrier function. ...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 discolored dark, itchy, scaly patch of skin on my back. What could it be and how can I remedy it?

I have a discolored dark, itchy, scaly patch of skin on my back. What could it be and how can I remedy it?

Need diagnosis: I recommend you see an MD to get a diagnosis to better be able to say how to remedy it! Could be ecsema allergic reaction, infection or other etiology. Therefore, hard to say how to treat. ...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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Why am I getting itchy and scaly skin around my neck?

Why am I getting itchy and scaly skin around my neck?

May be acanthosis: People who are heavy get a discolored velvety discoloration on the neck caused by a thickening of the skin. Keratolytics or peeling agents may be helpful. The definitive diagnosis and treatment would be made by dermatologist ...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

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How can I get rid of scaly skin on my face and what causes this?

How can I get rid of scaly skin on my face and what causes this?

Probably: This is probably seborrheic dermatitis. This can be treated with hydrocortisone, elidel, (pimecrolimus) protopic, proseb and other creams. See your dermatologist to discuss treatment options. ...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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What can I do to remove a thick patch of scaly skin on my Achilles heal?

What can I do to remove a thick patch of scaly skin on my Achilles heal?

Moisturize: Use a skin lotion/moisturizing cream on your heels on a regular basis. Use of a pumice stone can be helpful and is a safe way to gently remove buildup. This often needs to be done on a regular basis.

If you have dry heels with painful cracks, or are diabetic or have peripheral vascular disease, seek care from a podiatrist. ...Read more

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How do I cure scaly skin? How about some of the OTC creams and lotions?

How do I cure scaly skin? How about some of the OTC creams and lotions?

Scaly dry skin: The gold standard is use of moisturizers - creams or ointments not lotions. Infrequent hand washing and baths with soap and water will also help; in place of soap, use non-soap cleansers like cetaphil. For moderate cases, one may try otc 1% Hydrocortisone ointments. For more severe cases, prescription steroids, oral or ointment form, can be prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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What does itching on scaly skin lesions (ak?) sound like a symptom of?

What does itching on scaly skin lesions (ak?) sound like a symptom of?

Itch: This maybe secondary to irritated actinic keratoses but it could be eczema or psoriasis. You should see your dermatologist. ...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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I have a patch of scaly skin on my thigh. Should I use clotrimazole or miconazole?

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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Will a hysterectomy and low-dose estogen cause dry, itchy, scaly skin?

Will a hysterectomy and low-dose estogen cause dry, itchy, scaly skin?

Lack of estrogen: A hysterectomy is not known to cause dry, itchy, and scaly skin. Lack of estrogen is. The fact that estrogen has been prescribed indicates that the woman was not yet in menopause and the ovaries were removed with the uterus, or she was in menopause already. A higher dose of estrogen may alleviate the symptoms. Also, thyroid disease can cause these symptoms, which a blood test can rule out. ...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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Female cousin born with scaly skin except face. Seen many doc's and used many cremes. Now 18 and still problem. What is it and can u help?

Ichthyosis vulgaris: It sounds like your cousin has a chronic skin disease known as ivhthyosis vulgaris. Treatment can be difficult. I would suggest she try virgin coconut oil. Good luck. ...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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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