Scaly Skin

When the skin loses the outer layer of the epidermis in large flakes, the skin appears scaly. There are some conditions that make the skin flaky like actinic keratosis, allergic reaction, athlete's foot, ringworm infection, contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and ichthyosis vulgaris.

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What should I do to cure the abnormal scales on my face?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a skin problem on my face. The skin has abnormal scales on the area to the side of my upper lip. When I remove the skin, the area is reddened. It has happened ever since I was on Doxycycline for a prostate infection. I stopped it four months ago. I am also on Daonil for diabetes...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is most likely psoriasis which is an autoimmune condition which affects the skin causing white silver scales. This could be drug-induced, genetic, or an idiopathic infection. Rem...  Read Full »

I have a scaly patch increasing in size on my wrist besides applying an antifungal and steroid cream. What would it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a spot on my wrist that appeared two weeks ago as a scaly patch. I initially thought it was a ringworm infection, so I tried an anti-fungal cream, but that did not work, so I tried a steroid cream. However, it keeps getting larger and redder no matter what I do. What would this ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I need some more information to sort this out. Is there excess scratching and rubbing? Is the spot spreading? Is it itching or burning? Are you a diabetic? Do you have a previous history of fungal infection? Do you h...  Read Full »

My son is suffering from strange scaly spots on his skin and has been diagnosed with skin diseases. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My son began developing strange scaly spots on his skin at the ends of his hands and feet two years ago. Their form, color, intensity, and location change over time. Since the situation, he has been presented to several doctors. He has been diagnosed with several diseases, such as allergie...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed the reports and the images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is psoriasis, a condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches. First, apply liquid paraffin lotion (Calamine) in ...  Read Full »

Why is my skin scaly and itchy along with hair loss and geographic tongue?

Query: Hi, I have had the condition shown in the attached images for some weeks. I initially started having problems with my skin some eight years ago. Nothing has changed yet, and it seems it is getting worse. The rash sometimes itches, but it is not intense. I also have a geographic tongue, low vitamin D...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It is most probably a fungal infection. Please answer a few questions- 1. What were your KOH (potassium hydroxide test) and fungal culture reports? 2. Can you take a picture of the patch from a little distance so that I...  Read Full »

I have extremely dry skin on my eyes and eyelids. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 52 year old male with type II diabetes. For the past few weeks, I have had extremely dry skin around my eyes, particularly on the corners and on my eyelids. Lotions tend to make my skin red rather than resolve my issue. When the lotion dries, it cracks and peels again. The problem...  Read Full »

Dr. Chaitra. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There appears to be a little inflammation and scaling of skin (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I suggest you apply Desonide lotion and Mupirocin cream twice a day to the affected area. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take trea...  Read Full »

Why do I have a weird rash on my foot for a year?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a weird rash on my foot. That has been persistently itchy, peeling and building. It does not burn, but it is unappetizing to look at. I do take Lyderm for it. It seems to stop the itching, but not the spreading of the rash. It has been on my leg for a year now. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is most probably stasis dermatitis (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which occurs in people with poor circulation and in serious cases may develop into ulcers. Stasis dermatitis is common in people above 50, especially if have heart diseases or o...  Read Full »

What should I do to help itchy skin in my 1-year-old kid?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 1 year old. She is suffering from itchy skin from time to time. Rashes look like red patches and scales. It is very itchy when it is too dry. We went to the doctor last week, and they gave her Quadrotopic cream and oral anti-histamine. It went fine, but after seven days...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, please do not use Quadrotopic cream for a one-year-old child, as it contains a strong steroid and is not meant for babies. If you have applied it for a long time, it will cause skin thinning, redness, and sun sensitivity, along with other side effects of ...  Read Full »

What could be the possible diagnosis of scaly rashes on the cheeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I got some skin rashes on my cheeks and tried Metronidazole gel for one week, but no improvement is happening. As well the skin is dry and skin particles are falling off. No itchiness. See the attached picture.  Read Full »

Dr. Charu Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can very well appreciate the redness over your both cheeks, around lips, and some redness on my ears also along with a raised lesion on the left cheek. My best possible diagnosis is rosacea....  Read Full »

Please suggest medication for jock itch in the groin region.

Query: Hello doctor, I have jock itch for the past one week. It is continuously burning and itching near the groin area. The scrotum is scaly, and I have constant burning in the buttock region. I am using Clotrimazole for the past two days. Can you prescribe some medication?  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It could be pediculosis pubis. Are there inflammatory annular or round lesions with elevated margins? Any oozing from the margins? Any swelling or inflammation, itchy papules, or nodules present? Do you have intense itching? Excess scratching and rubbing of lesion? ...  Read Full »

What could be a dry, scaly, and itchy black spot on abdomen?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a black spot on my abdomen since many years which has made that part of the skin dry, scaly, and itchy.   Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Since it present for many years, the possible diagnosis is morphea, which an increased deposition of collagen skin protein in that localized area. Although ...  Read Full »

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