Dry skin symptoms in people are generally the same. Skin is often driest on the arms, lower legs, and the sides of the abdomen. Other areas were dry skin is commonly found are the hands, face, elbows, and heels of feet. However, not everybody suffers from these symptoms to the same degree.
Symptoms vary depending on variables such as:
There are two categories of dry skin symptoms. Basic dry skin symptoms are due to environmental factors or normal skin aging.
The other category of symptoms of dry skin is due to more serious conditions. These symptoms are more specific to the stated condition.
Ichthyosis vulgaris (fish scale disease or fish skin disease)
This is a condition when the skin does not shed as it normally should. Instead, skin cells accumulate on the skin surface. The disease can be inherited, but is usually not present at birth, but rather develops after a few years. It may disappear during the adult years, but tends to return as the individual gets older. Symptoms for this condition are:
This is a condition that is present at birth and stays with the individual over his/her lifetime. Babies are born encased in a filmy membrane that sheds after 10 to 14 days. For individuals with this condition, it is a very disfiguring dry skin condition that causes a lot of distress. In addition to the characteristics stated above, other symptoms of this dry skin disease are:
Symptoms for this condition are:
More information on eczema can be found here.
Symptoms for psoriasis are:
More information on psoriasis can be found here.
Please note that dry skin or chapped skin may resemble other skin conditions or result from other disorders such as an under active thyroid or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Consult a doctor or dermatologist for dry skin symptoms that are more severe or persistent.
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