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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)

Ichthyosis is 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 from mild to severe. Typically ...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

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How to get rid of thin scaly skin on my legs?

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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I have red patches ans scaly skin on palm and legs and heavy itching and ige levels goes very high over 1200?

I have red patches ans scaly skin on palm and legs  and heavy itching and ige levels goes very high over 1200?

Eczema: Sounds like a classic case of atopic dermatitis or eczema. See an Allergist or Dermatologist to confirm and receive appropriate treatment. Poorly controlled eczema can cause elevated serum IgE levels. If you have other atopic conditions like allergic rhinitis this can also contribute. Topical steroid creams are helpful for patches, antihistamines for itching. ...Read more

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What can cause dry, itchy, scaly skin that seems to be spreading on different parts of my legs?

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'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?

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

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Itchy, scaly, dark patches of skin on both lower legs since a kid. Problem is now it's increasing..Wht shld I do? Is the dark skin permanent?

Itchy, scaly, dark patches of skin on both lower legs since a kid. Problem is now it's increasing..Wht shld I do?  Is the dark skin permanent?

Sounds like Eczema: Could be eczema which can get worse over time. Avoid long hot showers and harsh and drying cleansers. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream. Use at least twice a day. For eczema flares, apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear. Dark skin can improve over time with proper treatment. ...Read more

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Red semi circular spot on my leg at the calf. The size of a pea and has been there for months. The skin is slightly raised and scaly. What is it?

Red semi circular spot on my leg at the calf. The size of a pea and has been there for months. The skin is slightly raised and scaly. What is it?

Ring worm: It could be ring worm. Ring worm is not a worm but a fungal infection. It can be treated with a cream. I suggest seeing your primary doctor for confirmation and treatment. Here are some images for comparison. http://insidetheclinic.com/does-ringworm-itch/ ...Read more

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