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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

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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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.?

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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Should I try to remove the scaly patches of skin myself?

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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How can I address red, scaly skin patches?

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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What does it mean if my baby has red, scaly patches all over?

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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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.

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.

Intertrigo: Not related to diet. Try OTC hydrocortisone and miconazole ( or clotrimazole) creams together. Whenever it feels wet or itchy or irritated,gently clean off with bathroom paper (or kleenex) using any lotion. In the shower, wash with hands only, no scrubbing. ...Read more

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Red itchy(scaly, dray skin) patches on my chest appearing, what is this?

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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6 mth old dry light red scaly patches on his forehead...Eczema? Can i apply something fot the dryness?

6 mth old dry light red scaly patches on his forehead...Eczema? Can i apply something fot the dryness?

Petroleum jelly: Forehead is an odd place but it could be eczema but i would see your pediatrician. In general, any good moisturizer would work but petroleum jelly (vaseline) and aquophor are very good at trapping moisture and improving the eczema. You can also use steroid creams but would consult with your pediatrician first. ...Read more

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