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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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Ichthyosis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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

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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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, (tazarotene) taclonex, luxiq, dovonex to control problem. Picking can make it worse and will cause bleeding. ...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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I have 6+ various scaly red patches of skin on my chest, arms, neck and face. All of them are different sizes but don't itch, or burn. Ringworm?

I have 6+ various scaly red patches of skin on my chest, arms, neck and face. All of them are different sizes but don't itch, or burn. Ringworm?

Unlikely: Ringworm seldom affects multiple patches of skin. Psoriasis is a more likely possibility. Regardless, you need a diagnosis and treatment plan which only a health care professional can provide you. Please see a doctor! ...Read more

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What can I do to remove a thick patch of scaly skin on my Achilles heal?

What can I do to remove a thick patch of scaly skin on my Achilles heal?

Moisturize: 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

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I have a patch of dry, scaly skin on my finger that does not itch. What can it be?

I have a patch of dry, scaly skin on my finger that does not itch. What can it be?

Eczema: It coukd be a patch of eczema which is dry skin. Severity can vary. Hydrocortisone can help . However skin on finger is thicker and may require prescription cream if it is chronic. ...Read more

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I have a patch of scaly skin on my thigh. Should I use clotrimazole or miconazole?

I have a patch of scaly skin on my thigh. Should I use clotrimazole or miconazole?

Hard to tell: Difficult to diagnose rashes without seeing them. If the rash is not red, crusty or with pus, most likely fungal or eczema. You could try the clotrimazole, but if it doesn't work, I'd try hydrocortisone. Of course, seeing a physician would be the best way to know for sure ...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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Found bright red/pink fleshy patch on right breast. Thought was ringworm, but no dry scaly skin. Rubbed;bled little bit. Doesn't itch. What is this?

Found bright red/pink fleshy patch on right breast. Thought was ringworm, but no dry scaly skin. Rubbed;bled little bit. Doesn't itch. What is this?

See a doctor: Without examining this it is impossible to say what it is, but anything that bleeds on your breast should be examined and diagnosed as quickly as possible. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Please tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Moisturize: Use a mild, unscented moisturizer for sensitive skin (like Cetaphil). Avoid lon, hot baths/showers and moisturize while skin is still damp after coming out. Use a mild, non-drying soap. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Can anyone tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Dry, scaly skin: 1. Hydrate well with water. 2. Avoid lengthy or hot showers. 3. Use sunscreen consistently. 4. Avoid harsh or deodorant soaps - think hypoallergnic & unscented. 5. Only need frequent soap/cleanser on areas that are dirty or create body odor. 6. Use moisturizer as needed. 7. Aim for 8 hours of sleep per night. 8. Maintain a healthy diet. 9. See dermatologist to determine cause of dry, scaly skin. ...Read more

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What could cause an elevated circle with dry scaly skin in between?

What could cause an elevated circle with dry scaly skin in between?

Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. Treatment is with topical antifungals. Salicylic acid is not a recommended treatment for ringworm. ...Read more

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What is the best nourishment cream for dry, patchy, and scaly skin?

What is the best nourishment cream for dry, patchy, and scaly skin?

Moisturizer: Apply an inexpensive fragrance free moisturizer. It will hydrate the damaged epidermis, increasing its barrier function. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what could be the cause of this elevated circle with dry scaly skin in between?

Can anyone tell me what could be the cause of this elevated circle with dry scaly skin in between?

Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. Treatment is with topical antifungals. Salicylic acid is not a recommended treatment for ringworm. ...Read more

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Calamine for dry scaly skin, ok?

Calamine for dry scaly skin, ok?

Will make it worse: Calamine lotion is drying and cooling. For dry skin there are dozens of ointment and creams OTC. ...Read more

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What best cure for dry scaly skin?

Moisturizer: Frequent application of moisturizing cream, avoid excessive washing or showering, area humidifier if you live in a dry area. ...Read more

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Why am I getting itchy and scaly skin around my neck?

May be acanthosis: People who are heavy get a discolored velvety discoloration on the neck caused by a thickening of the skin. Keratolytics or peeling agents may be helpful. The definitive diagnosis and treatment would be made by dermatologist ...Read more

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My son has itching and white scaly skin on his elbows , ?

My son has itching and white scaly skin on his elbows , ?

Contact Dermatitis?: He may have contact dermatitis or an localsed allergic rash.You can try using over the counter 1% Hydrocortisone cream and if not better consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a permanent cure for scaly skin, or is it incurable?

Is there a permanent cure for scaly skin, or is it incurable?

Scaly Skin: Scaly skin is a common symptom of dry skin and can occur anywhere on the body, although it is most common on the lower legs, arms and thighs. While scaly skin can be caused by a variety of conditions, most scaly skin will result from natural processes or environments, such as normal aging or cold, dry environments. See your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more