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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Skin Thickening (Overview)

Skin thickening. The skin is the outer tissue covering the exterior of the body. Increased skin depth can occur with some medical conditions.


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What is "skin thickening" or "hardening" in scleroderma?

What is "skin thickening" or "hardening" in scleroderma?

Fibrosis: Reactice process where fibroblasts produce new collagen and make skin harder and less supple. There is no good treatment for softening skin of s leroderma. Strong topical steroid creams may offer mild improvement. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
8 Doctors shared insights

Skin Thickening (Overview)

Skin thickening. The skin is the outer tissue covering the exterior of the body. Increased skin depth can occur with some medical conditions.


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What exactly do they mean by skin hardening, thickening, and shiny?

What exactly do they mean by skin hardening, thickening, and shiny?

Exactly what it says: If your skin is losing its normal pliability and feels "hard" under your fingers, it's "hardening". If it feels thicker than normal skin, it's "thickening". And if it reflects more light than normal, it's "shiny". Those changes are often used to describe scleroderma and its clinical variants, especially when accompanied by stiff joints & cold fingers/toes. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for thickened skin?

What is the best treatment for thickened skin?

It depends: To better answer your question, we'd need to know what the cause of the thickened skin is. And we'd need to know the location. Thickened skin could be the result of psoriasis, eczema, poor hygiene, etc. So without additional information, it's difficult to answer your question. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of thickened skin underneath a toenail?

How can you get rid of thickened skin underneath a toenail?

Soak: Try soaking the foot with warm water and use a soft brush to remove the dry buildup of skin. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
Once
Use mild soap when washing your skin
Once
Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
Once
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What is the definition or description of: Skin thickening?

What is the definition or description of: Skin thickening?

Skin thickening: Skin thickening. The skin is the outer tissue covering the exterior of the body. Increased skin depth can occur with some medical conditions. ...Read more

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Insulin injection skin thickening?

Insulin injection skin thickening?

Injection site?: Usually people asking about this are asking if Insulin can cause thickening of the skin at an injection site; the answer is yes. The solution is to stop using that site until the skin thins back down. After that, rotate your injection sites regularly, and never use one site more often than any of the others. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
once
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Why is the skin thickening under my toenails?

Could be a fungus: But without seeing you or taking a culture, it's impossible to say. A podiatrist (in person) would be able to give you the answers you need. ...Read more

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What is "skin thickening" or "hardening" in scleroderma?

Fibrosis: Reactice process where fibroblasts produce new collagen and make skin harder and less supple. There is no good treatment for softening skin of s leroderma. Strong topical steroid creams may offer mild improvement. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
Once
If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
Once
See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
Once
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What is "skin thickening" or "hardening" in scleroderma patients?

Scleroderma: Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The word “scleroderma” comes from two greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease. ...Read more

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Both breasts show heterogeneous echopattern. No mass lesion or calcification seen. No evident ductal dilatation or skin thickening noted. Meaning?

Both breasts show heterogeneous echopattern. No mass lesion or calcification seen. No evident ductal dilatation or skin thickening noted. Meaning?

Likely benign: Imaging of the breast is imperfect at best. Heterogeneity in the breast is a common finding typically leading to class ii or birads 2 result on the mammogram. This is almost always a benign finding and is typical of a one-year follow-up repeat mammogram. The procedure is generally very low risk with very low levels of radiation. Get a clinical breast exam from your doctor and repeat mammo. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
Once
Avoid picking at them
Once
Have them removed by a doctor if needed
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How common is an ANA 1:640 in centromere pattern? Is it common to have vascular symptoms of raynauds, digital ischemia and stenosis in toes and exercise-induced pH w/o developing skin thickening?

How common is an ANA 1:640 in centromere pattern? Is it common to have vascular symptoms of raynauds, digital ischemia and stenosis in toes and exercise-induced pH w/o developing skin thickening?

Somewhat: ANA in titers of 1:160 occur in up to 10 % of the population as does raynaud's, especially in smokers. However, digital ischemia is less common and more concerning as is the ph. You should definitely see a doctor for these if you are not already doing so. ...Read more

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What causes thick skin under the toenail the nail is curving around the thickened skin buildup

What causes thick skin under the toenail the nail is curving around the thickened skin buildup

Probable Fungus: Sounds like toenail fungus causing build up under nail and nail changes. Topical or oral medication can help. Visit a local podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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How could you get rid of the thickened skin under a toenail. This is not a fungus. Just thick skin?

How could you get rid of the thickened skin under a toenail. This is not a fungus. Just thick skin?

See a podiatrist: This sounds like an issue beyond self-help measures such as "bathroom surgery'. The thickened skin may be callusing over a bone spur, which might need to be addressed. ...Read more

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How to to get thick skin on your butt cheeks?

How to to get thick skin on your butt cheeks?

Thick skin: A compounded medication called vitamin c palmitate 30% applied twice a day to the skin has been shown to thicken skin in some patients. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have thick skin?

Not necessarily: You should see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. This way you can make sure there is nothing else causing this problem. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Thick skin?

Thick skin: The term thick skinned is used to refer to someone who is not easily upset by criticism. Some have used it to describe lack of empathy. A more literal definition is increased depth of the tissue lining the outer body. ...Read more

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Is thin or thick skin more susceptible to wrinkles?

Is thin or thick skin more susceptible to wrinkles?

Thin skin: Like around the eyes. That's usually the first place a person notices wrinkles. The palms and soles have the thickest skin and rarely wrinkle except in very old age. ...Read more

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How to to get thick skin on your heels so you can walk on hot surfaces?

How to to get thick skin on your heels so you can walk on hot surfaces?

No good way: Thicker soles will not make it easier to walk on hot surfaces. Wear protective shoes so that you do not injury your feet. ...Read more

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Tell me the difference between fat and thick skin on your core muscles?

Tell me the difference between fat and thick skin on your core muscles?

Thick skin: Epidermis
the epidermis is the outer layer of skin. The thickness of the epidermis varies in different types of skin. It is the thinnest on the eyelids at. 05 mm and the thickest on the palms and soles at 1.5 mm. This tissue directly under the skin is is subcutaneous fat. ...Read more

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I have small round patches of very thick skin. They seem almost like scales. I also have eczema all over. This looks much different than the eczema.

I have small round patches of very thick skin. They seem almost like scales. I also have eczema all over. This looks much different than the eczema.

Person 2 person eval: Can’t diagnose with available information. Examination, history & possibly other testing would be needed to make an accurate diagnosis. Treatment would be dictated by diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to remove thick skin on top of feet?

Topical keratolytics: Several moisturizers over the counter have ingredients that over time will help minimize thicker skin: look for products that have one of the following ingredients: lactic acid, urea, salicyclic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid. The caveat is that you have to continue using ingredient to maintain benefit. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have thick skin on your hands?

Is it bad to have thick skin on your hands?

Depends: There are many causes of thick skin, from psoriasis to certain genetic conditions with hyperkeratosis. Thick skin in one area could be simply callouses or warts. Thick skin all over the hand can sometimes impede movement, crack & get infected, or retain moisture. See a dermatologist if it bothers you or if you feel something else is going on. ...Read more

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Thick skin under my fingernails how to treat?

Thick skin under my fingernails how to treat?

FUNGUS INFECTION: It is treated with oral antifungal rx like Lamisil (terbinafine) 250 mg. Daily x 3 months. Make sure to check liver function tests. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Zuckman
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Thick Skin (Definition)

The term thick skinned is used to refer to someone who is not easily upset by criticism. Some have used it to describe lack of empathy. A more literal definition is increased depth of the tissue ...Read more