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What could be the reason for worsening of skin conditions in the elderly?

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Published At April 1, 2023
Reviewed AtSeptember 21, 2023

Patient's 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 patches can be itchy or sore. Hair scalp has a layer flaky, and the condition reached inside the ears and nose. Her condition has impacted the quality of her life. We used many creams and ointments applied to the skin and we used phototherapy for a long time. We have taken biopsies too and many blood tests. Some treatment is effective but when we stop the condition become more severe in a few days. Kindly help.


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 or hypertensive?

3. Is she on certain medications or painkillers?

4. Is there excess scratching and rubbing?

5. Does it bleeds on scratching?

6. Does she has silvery white scales on the erythematous base?

Kindly attach a clinical picture to arrive at a definitive diagnosis so can guide you accordingly.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav
Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav


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