Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Dry skin is a common problem that lots of people face. Some have patches of dry skin across their bodies, while others have skin that visibly flakes most of the time. Dry skin is often reddish with flakes and can be extremely itchy.

 

Many people feel embarrassed about sporting their itchy, flaky, and dry skin. If you’re one of them, you need not suffer silently. There are several ways to manage and treat dry skin, as you will learn here later.

What Causes Dry Skin?

Medical Conditions

 

Dry skin is often a symptom that accompanies a variety of medical skin conditions. Three common skin illnesses where dry skin can manifest include the following:

 

  • Athlete’s Foot– This is a fungal infection affecting the feet and toes. Dry and cracked skin often appears on the soles of the feet and in between the toes.

 

  • Eczema– Patches of dry skin can show up in the face, scalp, knees, elbows, and hands. Your skin finds it hard to retain moisture due to your eczema.

 

  • Psoriasis– A silvery dry layer of skin is often seen in the scalp, elbows, and knees of psoriasis patients. This happens because of the abnormally rapid production of skin cells.

 

Lifestyle Factors

There are certain skincare practices that we often shrug off as normal when in reality, they are already causing harm to our delicate skin. Some of these are as follows:

 

  • Vigorously scrubbing the skin every wash
  • Getting used to hot showers
  • Using a specific soap or laundry detergent you may be allergic to or is too harsh for the skin
  • Using alcohol-based skin cleansers and moisturisers

 

Excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks can cause overall dehydration, which also leads to dry skin.

 

Dealing with Dry Skin

You and your doctor will assess and diagnose your specific skin problem that leads to dry skin. The right skin condition diagnosis is crucial in getting the proper treatment to diminish dry skin significantly.

 

Mobidoctor physicians can easily recognise dry skin symptoms and diagnose the right skin condition you have. From there, they can provide the right prescription medication and advise you of lifestyle changes you need to adapt in order to heal yourself completely.

 

A simple video consultation can jumpstart your journey to clearer and healthier skin. Book an appointment now and talk to one of Mobidoctor’s physicians as soon as possible.

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