Flaky Skin

The skin can become flaky and dry when the outer layer of the skin is lost in large scales. Some conditions that can cause flaky skin are actinic keratosis, allergic skin rash, ringworm, contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and ichthyosis vulgaris.

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I have had lines on my two fingers that did not grow out. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about some lines present on my two fingers as they did not grow out, and also, I have been wearing fake nails for some years. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. It might be longitudinal melanonychia, a benign condition, and there is no need for treatment. But, on the other hand, it can be due to some physiological conditions and trauma. In most cases, they are self-limiting con...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from dead skin and a tiny scab without pain and itching. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, This was the first time I discovered it, and there was dead skin and a tiny scab. I do not know what was there before this happened. There was no pain, and itching. And a few weeks later, I found these lesions again. It was the same. The last photos were taken under a microscope at hom...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have reviewed your attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), it shows only scaly scar kind of thing. It is very difficult to comment without seeing the original lesion. It could be psoriasis lesions or it cou...  Read Full »

Why does my mother's skin condition worsen upon stopping treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 76 years old and had skin conditions for six years. We diagnosed her condition with many doctors and they were confused between eczema and psoriasis. She has patches on her skin that can look pink or red, and are distributed all over her body. Sometimes flakey patches and...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly answer the following questions which may help in further evaluation, 1. Does she has winter aggravation? 2. Is she diabetic? 3. Is she hypertensive? 4. Is she on certain medications or painkillers? 5. Is there excess scratching and rubbing? 6. Does it bl...  Read Full »

What are the causes of flaky white patches on a baby's forehead?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is four months old. He has white patches on his forehead and around his eyes. They are flaky and little skin peels off. I am much worried. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It may be due to seborrheic dermatitis (itchy red rash with flaky scales) or atopic dermatitis or simple dryness. Please consult a dermatologist for examination and management. Use mild soap or cleanser for face wash. You can also use a moisturizer.  Read Full »

I have been facing dry and flaky patches of skin on my face for years now. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been facing dry and flaky patches of skin on my face for years now. Even after using steroids, the dryness returns. I had stopped using steroid cream (the condition improved but subsequently came back) for quite a while that my previous dermatologist had prescribed me along wit...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry, and I will help you with your concern. It is not a fungal infection. A malar rash could be due to SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus), seborrheic dermatitis, photodermatitis, etc. I need to ask a few questions before providing you with a definitive diag...  Read Full »

What causes dry skin and flaking of skin on the face?

Query: Hi doctor, Please take a look at my case of skin dryness and flaking on my face. This is a cyclic condition¬†which occurs almost every 7-8 months. The dryness persists for 1-2 months during which I also have general body itching over hands, legs and under my ribs on the sides. The strange thing is t...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all I would like you to thank for giving me a perfect clinical history with perfect photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a crystal clear case of seborrheic dermatitis and is moderate in nature. It is a fungal infection and is ve...  Read Full »

How to cure dry and flaky skin?

Query: Hi doctor, My hands are dry and flaky. How to cure it?  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I have read your concern and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity).Though your given picture is not that much clear, I can make out ichthyosis in your forearm (genetic skin disorder - dry and scaly skin).I suggest you use Moisturex soft loti...  Read Full »

I have a dry patch near my ankle. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have this patch of terrible dry skin on my foot near the ankle. It has been there for a few years. It does not bother me much. But gets drier in the winter. What could it be?   Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have reviewed your image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). You are having lichen simplex chronicus (LSC). 1. It arises because of repetitive scratching or rubbing. There is a thickening of the skin with irregular flak...  Read Full »

Why do I have a friction burn with crusty and flaky skin on the tip of my penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a friction burn on the tip of my penis. The skin is crusty and flaky. There is no itching sensation or discomfort. The issue is just cosmetic. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I read your query and understand your concern. Based on the symptoms, it appears to be balanitis. Balanitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the glans penis, including the tip of the penis and sometimes the foreskin. It is caused due ...  Read Full »

How can I manage the pimples on my face, neck, and chest and dry, flaky, and rough skin on my legs and arms?

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18-year-old girl. My skin feels dry, and the skin on my legs and arms is flaky and appears wrinkled. I have pimples on my face, neck, chest, and back. The pores on my body are small and visible. My face tends to be oily most of the time, and I have used many products. Some remov...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The skin of the face is different from that of the legs and arms. Facial skin is rich in sebaceous glands, thus making it oily and prone to acne. I suggest you use an intensive moisturizer like urea or Ammonium lactate-based moisturizer twice daily for the skin on th...  Read Full »

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