Scaling skin is the loss of the outer layer of the epidermis in large, scale-like flakes. The skin appears dry and cracked, though skin dryness isn’t always to blame. Scaling skin can also be called:
dropping of scales
The outer layer of skin becomes dry and flaky and peels away from the body in large pieces with the appearance of scales. Scaling skin can be embarrassing, particularly if it occurs on the hands, feet, face, or other visible areas. The scales can itch and redden, and the condition can affect your quality of life.
HOW IS SCALES ON SKIN DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will ask about medical history and the symptoms to diagnose the condition. The diagnosis is made based on the appearance of the skin, the history of exposure to any irritating or allergenic substances, and any accompanying symptoms.
HOW IS SCALES ON SKIN TREATED?
Treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms and the cause of the scaling skin. In cases of allergic reactions, discontinuing use or contact with the allergen can solve your problem. Many times, skin conditions that lead to scaling can be treated with a simple topical cream. Sometimes, oral medications are needed to address issues that are more than skin deep.
DID YOU KNOW?
Hereditary ichthyosis and acquired ichthyosis look similar, and both are usually itchy. However, the acquired form occurs in people with many internal conditions, including:
• Poor nutrition
• Infections, such as leprosy or HIV/AIDS
• Glandular diseases, such as thyroid or parathyroid problems
• Cancer, such as lymphoma or multiple myeloma
• Use of certain medications, such as nicotinic acid, cimetidine, and clofazimine