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Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
38 years in practice
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What causes non itchy red scaly circular patches on arms, legs and back, but is not psoriasis ? Skin on circular patches usually hardens and falls off

Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What causes non itchy red scaly circular patches on arms, legs and back, but is not psoriasis ? Skin on circular patches usually hardens and falls off

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. It's not possible to tell because there are many diseases that look the same. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
23 years in practice
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I have dry, scaly, white circular patches on the tops of my feet near the ankles. They are not red or itchy. Appear at various times in the year.?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
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I have dry, scaly, white circular patches on the tops of my feet near the ankles.  They are not red or itchy.  Appear at various times in the year.?

It is always: Difficult to make a diagnosis without seeing a dermatological condition. Having said that, i would try moisturizing the skin. There are "drying conditions" that occur at certain seasonal times i.E "winters itch". ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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Should I try to remove the scaly patches of skin myself?

Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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Should I try to remove the scaly patches of skin myself?

No: They will grow back. You need to treat the inflammation underneath initially with external medications such as tazorac, taclonex, luxiq, dovonex to control problem. Picking can make it worse and will cause bleeding. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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52 years in practice
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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
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How can I address red, scaly skin patches?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
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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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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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What does it mean if my baby has red, scaly patches all over?

Dr. Gregg Alexander
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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What does it mean if my baby has red, scaly patches all over?

Eczema, other?: Eczema, a dry skin condition, is the first thing that comes to mind, but there may be other issues causing a similar appearance. Some might be related to an infection, so get baby checked by their pediatrician as soon as possible, especially if there's fever or other symptoms. In the meantime, use a moisturizing soap like dove and make sure only 100% cotton touches their skin. Don't get too warm. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Board Certified, Rheumatology
16 years in practice
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Does it matter what skin area is biopsied when the goal is to diagnose a condition such as lupus. I had puspular and circular scaly places.

Dr. Tracy Lovell
Board Certified, Rheumatology
16 years in practice
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Does it matter what skin area is biopsied when the goal is to diagnose a condition such as lupus. I had puspular and circular scaly places.

See below: You try biopsy a site that appears to be most active but you also want a site that will give the best specimen. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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My 7 yo daughter has some dark scaly patches on her neck. She is caucasian with lightly tan skin. Does not itch or bother her at all.

Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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My 7 yo daughter has some dark scaly patches on her neck. She is caucasian with lightly tan skin. Does not itch or bother her at all.

Dark patches: She may have acanthosis nigrans. See a dermatologist for a more definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Calderon
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
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Red itchy(scaly, dray skin) patches on my chest appearing, what is this?

Dr. Sheila Calderon
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
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Possibly eczema: There are many skin trashes that can match your description and it would be wise to see a doctor and get a diagnosis and treatment. Psoriasis or allergic dermatitis may also mimic what you have described. ...Read more

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Dr. Christine Hom
Board Certified, Pediatrics
25 years in practice
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6 mth old dry light red scaly patches on his forehead...Eczema? Can i apply something fot the dryness?

Dr. Christine Hom
Board Certified, Pediatrics
25 years in practice
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6 mth old dry light red scaly patches on his forehead...Eczema? Can i apply something fot the dryness?

Dry skin in infant: You can apply a moisturizer such as petroleum jelly, Aquaphor, baby lotion, A&D ointment, or even diaper rash ointment like Desitin. ...Read more

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