What can be done to manage dry and itchy skin?

Q. What can be done to manage dry and itchy skin?

Answered by
Dr. Sushil Kakkar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 15, 2018 and last reviewed on: Jul 21, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am having itching and dry skin all over my body. Specifically on legs and hands for the last two weeks. Now, I observe red patches on the thigh, and they burn and itch a lot. Moisturizer soothes for very less time. I took Cz-3 for three days and using Atogla lotion.



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I have noted your concern, and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

You seem to have eczematous dermatitis. Underlying dry skin or xerosis and dry, cold weather could be the most likely reason for eczematous dermatitis. I suggest you to apply a moisturizer frequently to the whole body. In addition to this, you may apply a potent topical steroid, for example, Clobetasol propionate 0.05 % cream (Tenovate cream) or Halobetasol propionate 0.05 % (Halovate ointment) twice daily for the patches. You may also take an oral antihistamine, for example, Cetirizine 10 mg tablet once every evening for symptomatic relief from itching.

Thank you doctor,

I tried it for two days but there is no relief. The burning sensation has increased.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Can you tell me what all have you used? If the creams have not worked, then a short course (two weeks) of an oral steroid, e.g., Prednisolone 40 mg (Wysolone 40) may be given.

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