Xerosis is an abnormal dryness of the skin or mucus membranes.
Asteatotic eczema; Eczema craquele
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Dry skin usually gets worse during the winter.
Older people are usually affected more by this condition.
Your skin may get dry, scaly, itchy, and red. You may also have fine cracks on the skin.
The problem is usually worse on the arms and legs.
Signs and tests
- Moisturizers, especially creams or lotions that contain urea and lactic acid
- Topical steroids -- for areas that get very inflamed and itchy
Calling your health care provider
- Do not expose your skin to water more than needed.
- Use cool bath water.
- Choose gentle skin cleansers that are free of dyes and perfumes.
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