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Scaly Circular Patches
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
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
I'm 20, on the back of my head I have a beige-brown, scaly patch. It has grown over the years into an oddly shape, doesn't hurt nor itch not bleeds...
I have a pink scaly patch on my scalp for a long time which has gotten bigger and will not go away what could it be?
I have a scaly patch over my navel area. About 3 inched long. Hsd it for a few months. Not a bother until recently. The pain is now unbearable.?
Unbearable pain?: It is very unusual to have unbearable pain in a small skin lesion. If you are putting anything on it stop. And if the pain is truly so severe, that may signify a serious condition and if it lasts for more than a few hours, go to the ER. Take care! ...Read more
Irregularly shaped dry scaly dime sized patch appeared on back. Dark brown w/few light parts. Not itchy. Wont go away. Should I be concerned? Thanks.
Have it checked: Any new rash that is worrying you should be seen by an MD. Since it's hard to look at your back each day it's best to have a professional help determine if it's anything to be concerned about - especially if you have a history of lots of sun exposure to your back over the years. Good luck! ...Read more
I have patches of skin that are scaly on my face how do I treat them, I also have some dark and light patches on my face do you recommend any products?
Depends....: Hi there FShelton. I'm sorry to hear about your skin changes. If the patches of skin are scaly, I would assume they are dry and you may potentially have eczema and would start with a moisturizer and use frequently. The light and dark patches could be various things but medications such as hydroquinone/azelaic acid are used often to lighten skin. This situation would best be evaluated in office. ...Read more
Red patches: Send pictures and we can talk.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Get it evaluated: The possibilities are numerous and there is no way to diagnose without being able to see the lesion. See a dermatologist. ...Read more
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 many white, scaly, raised, and different colored patches on my skin that are growing larger each year. Any idea on what it may be?
Top of my buttcrack felt raw a few days ago. (Burned to wash) now there is a dark, scaly/flakey patch there. What is it and treatment suggestions?
Seborrheic Dermatiti: Seborrhea dermatitis is often associated with redness, scaling, and crusting. Seborrhea also can affect other parts of the body, including the face, chest and upper back. Treatment options include application of selenium sulfide, pyrithione zinc or ketoconazole-containing shampoos, topical ketoconazole cream or terbinafine solution, topical sodium sulfacetamide and topical corticosteroids. ...Read more
I have 1cm red scaly patch on my hip & similar one recently developed on the other side. Both continuing to grow. What could this be/should I see a dr?
Dermatitis: It is possible this could be from comming into contact with something. If it is dry, it could be eczema and a good moisturizer cam should help. Ring worm (fungal infection) is also a possibility. If the moisturizing doesn't work and show improvement in about 10-14 days see your doctor. ...Read more
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
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
I have a small raised red patch on my right cheek. It is not dry or scaly, and does not hurt or itch. It is irregularly shaped. What is it?
What can cause rough/scaly/shiny irregular patch on arm for 3 wks? Has rough dots around it, more dots have appeared. Tried lotion. NOT itchy.
Need a photo: The most common kind of rash that you are describing would be ringworm, which does not have to itch or be circular but may be bordered by inflamed satellite lesions on its border. These could spread and considered contagious. Have your doctor check it right away because it could also be something else. ...Read more
I've had a red patch of skin on my leg for about 1.5 months. It got a bit larger and turning brown. A little scaly in middle. What could this be?
Dermatologist helps: A primary care doctor can check to see what the patch might be. If needed, a dermatologist can help also. If there is something causing the spot (such as sports equipment), the cause can be removed. Sometimes, dry sensitive eczema patches look like reddish, slightly flaky areas. Also, tinea "ringworm" is a fungal skin infection that can look this way (the doctor can decide) and need an antifungal. ...Read more
White scaly patches in the inner folds of my skin near the butt area. It itches and some pain from scratching. Do I have jock itch? I am a female.
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