Xerosis (Dry skin)

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Xerosis also known as dry skin, is characterized by rough, red and itchy patches commonly see in arms, hands, lower legs and ankle.

It is common and minor in most of the cases .Sometimes dry skin represents warning signs of a complicated skin problems known as “Dermatitis”(dermatitis is known as inflammatory of the skin characterized by dry skin and itchy rashes).

What causes the Xerosis?

Direct exposure of the skin in an environment is the main cause of dry skin, other common causes include:

  • Winter season
  • Using air conditions
  • Using hot water during bath
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Sun exposure
  • Thyroid disease such as hyperthyroidism

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Xerosis?

  • Itching at the affected part
  • Scaly, Patchy skin
  • Cracked lips and cracked skin

Need any specific test to diagnosis Xerosis?

Clinic presentation is enough to diagnose dry skin. No specific test is required.

How to managed Xerosis?

Home remedies and prevention

  • Moisturize your skin with using oil or moisturizer
  • Avoid hot water to take a bath, use warm water to take a shower
  • Use moisturizer during bathing

Medication

  • Use nonprescription 1 % hydrocortisone ointment or cream

If above measures fail to ease the sing and symptoms , consult a dermatologist as soon as possible .

What is the outcome of Xerosis?

Outcome is excellent after treatment.

 

References:

  • Myoclinic.com
  •  aad.org
  • nlm.nih.gov
  • webmd.com
  • Photo taken from tiptheplanet.com

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