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How are dry skin and scabies different?

How are dry skin and scabies different?

Itches: Scabies is very itchy at night and affects certain areas- wrist between fingers, genitals, ar pits, ankles and waist band. There are little raised bumps in these areas. Dry skin os mildly itchy.Scabies must be treated. Ot os contagious. ...Read more

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Dry Skin (Definition)

Skin lacking adequate moisture feels tight and uncomfortable. This can result from impaired lipid production within the skin leading to water loss. Patients with eczema are prone to dry skin. Other possible causes include low environmental humidity, excessive use of soap, or internal causes such as hypothyroidism. Application of moisturizing cream or ointment immediately ...Read more


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What can I use for dry skin after scabies treatment?

What can I use for dry skin after scabies treatment?

Any moisturizer.: Any moisturizer will do. Use your favorite. ...Read more

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Tiny, itchy bumps all over body. Do not look like a rash & are not in the usual places for scabies, but could it be? Maybe from tanning or dry skin?

Tiny, itchy bumps all over body.  Do not look like a rash & are not in the usual places for scabies, but could it be? Maybe from tanning or dry skin?

Allergy?: Good morning, tant itchy rash with red bumps suggests that your immune system is trying to reject something such as an allergen or a virus. The itching is a signal that something is not right. Dry skin often causes itching, but rarely a rash. Tanning could trigger some rash. Finding the cause is the first order of business, please see your doctor. Moisturizing creams such as cerave may be of hel. ...Read more

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What's the symptomatic difference between dry skin and hot flashes? My skin feels really hot on and off like sunburn for a few min

What's the symptomatic difference between dry skin and hot flashes? My skin feels really hot on and off like sunburn for a few min

Hot flashes need : are treated with hormones A sudden feeling of warmth spreading through your upper body and face A flushed appearance with red, blotchy skin Rapid heartbeat Perspiration, mostly on your upper body Feeling chilled as the hot flash subsides Hot flashes vary in frequency — you may have few or many in a day — and each hot flash usually subsides in a few minutes. Dry skin is constantly irritated ...Read more

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What is the difference between rosacea and eczematous dry skin?

What is the difference between rosacea and eczematous dry skin?

Rosacea & eczema: There are several excellent answers on the differences between rosacea and eczema. I would like to add one condition that is rosacea but can look like eczema. That is perioral dermatitis. Perioral dermatitis can be red, itchy, scaly and can definitely be mistaken for eczema. However, treating it like eczema with moisturizers and steroid creams can actually make it significantly worse. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dandruff and dry skin?

What is the difference between dandruff and dry skin?

They can look alike: They can look the same on the scalp, however there can be subtle differences. Dry skin would tend to be over the entire scalp and can worsen with use of a medicated shampoo. Gentle shampoos and less frequent washing are better for dry scalp. Dandruff is usually from psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp, often with thicker, larger scales, redness, itching. Medicated shampoos often help. ...Read more

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What is the difference between eczema and just dry skin?

Atopic dermatitis: Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eczema/basics/definition/con-20032073 for info on eczema aka atopic dermatitis which is a condition leading to red itchy skin which may or may not be dry. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/basics/causes/con-20030009 for info on (not so) common causes of dry skin like hot water, harsh soaps, sun exposure, etc. ...Read more

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Scabies (Definition)

Scabies is a skin disease caused by a mite infection. Symptoms include an extremely itchy, linear rash where the mite has ...Read more