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Skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness

Also known as Skin peeling, Skin scaliness, Skin roughness, and Dry skin

Desquamation (from Latin desquamare, meaning "to scrape the scales off a fish"), also called skin peeling, is the shedding of the outermost membrane or layer of a tissue, such as the skin.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness are actinic keratosis, contact dermatitis, and eczema. Other possible causes, such as psoriasis, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness, 67% report having abnormal appearing skin, 53% report having itching of skin, and 53% report having skin rash.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), excision, excision of skin lesion, biopsy, wound care management, other diagnostic procedures on skin and subcutaneous tissue, other therapeutic procedures and microscopic examination (bacterial smear; culture; toxicology) .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness include hydrocortisone topical, triamcinolone, triamcinolone topical product, ketoconazole, petrolatum topical, desonide topical, fluorouracil, clobetasol topical, clotrimazole topical, fluocinonide topical, betamethasone topical product, fluticasone topical product and urea topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness include age 75+ years, age 60-74 years and age < 1 years.

Age

< 1 years
2.7x
1-4 years
1.1x
5-14 years
1.0x
15-29 years
0.5x
30-44 years
0.6x
45-59 years
0.8x
60-74 years
1.6x
75+ years
1.5x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
1.0x
White
1.0x
Other
1.0x
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