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Asteatotic eczema; Eczema craquele

Xerosis is an abnormal dryness of the skin or mucus membranes.

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  • Causes

    Dry skin usually gets worse during the winter.

    Older people are usually affected more by this condition.

  • Symptoms

    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.

  • Treatment

    Treatments include:

    • Moisturizers, especially creams or lotions that contain urea and lactic acid
    • Topical steroids -- for areas that get very inflamed and itchy
  • Prevention

    • 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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References

Gilchrest BA. Skin disorders. In: Duthie EH, Katz PR, Malone ML, eds. Practice of Geriatrics. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 38.

Habif TP. Eczema and hand dermatitis. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 3.

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Review Date: 11/20/2012  

Reviewed By: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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