Dry Skin Facts
- Dry skin is a very common condition that causes small fine flakes and dry patches.
- Itching is one of the most common symptoms of dry skin.
- Scratching may be hard to resist.
- Dry skin is more common in colder winter months and drier climates.
- The elderly are more prone to dry skin than younger people.
- Dry skin is more common in individuals with a history of eczema.
- Dry skin may rarely be a side effect of certain medications.
- Dry skin is more common in those with hypothyroidism.
- Repeat itch-scratch cycles may lead to skin thickening and darkening.
- Possible complications include rashes, eczema, and bacterial infections.
- Extremely dry skin can cause cracks and breaks in the skin.
- Medications including topical corticosteroids and lubricating lotions and creams can help ease itching.
- Secondary infections may result from scratches and skin breakdown.
- Topical or oral antibiotics may be necessary for secondarily infected dry skin.
- Several home remedies, such as decreasing bathing frequency and lubricating the skin with moisturizers after showers, can help control and prevent dry skin.
What is Dry Skin?
What Causes Dry Skin?
- over-washing with harsh soaps,
- overuse of sanitizers and cleaning agents (alcohol),
- cold temperature,
- low humidity.
What are Signs and Symptoms of Dry Skin?
- Rough dry skin
- Red plaques
- the lower legs,
How is Dry Skin Diagnosed?
Does Dry Skin Cause Winter Itch?
Do Genetics Play a Role in Dry Skin?
What Medical Conditions Cause Dry Skin?
- Atopic dermatitis
How Can Dry Skin Be Prevented?
- Avoid strong soaps and detergents.
- Use indoor room humidifiers.
- Limit exposure to irritants such as solvents.
- Avoid wool clothing.
- Use cotton and natural fiber clothing.