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HomeAnswersDermatologyxerosisWhat is the cause of dry skin in the front of my lower legs?

Do you have any idea about the dry skin in my lower legs?

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Published At February 7, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have some dry skin in the front of my lower legs, but it is on both legs. It is red and looks like dry skin. It does not itch, and I have had it for a few months. Do you have any idea of what could it be?

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is xerosis that is, dry skin. Shins are common sites for xerosis. Xerosis can be due to a cold climate, atopic dermatitis or certain other disorders such as hypothyroidism. I suggest you the following treatment for xerosis. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take treatment with consent. Cetaphil restoraderm body wash and Aveeno skin relief moisturizing lotion twice daily. Avoid bathing in hot water, keep the bathing time minimum and wear only cotton clothes. Also, you can get the following tests done. Serum TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) and random blood sugar.

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

Dr. Shalini Patodiya
Dr. Shalini Patodiya

Dermatology

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