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What to do for Dry Skin

Dry skin is most common in your lower legs, arms, flanks (sides of the abdomen), and thighs. The symptoms most often associated with dry skin include:

Causes of Dry Skin

Dry skin is common. It happens more often in the winter when cold air outside and heated air inside cause low humidity. Forced-air furnaces make skin even drier.

The skin loses moisture and may crack and peel, or become irritated and inflamed. Bathing too frequently, especially with harsh soaps, may contribute to dry skin. Eczema may cause dry skin.

Home Care for Dry Skin

It may help to change your bathing habits:

Also, increase skin and body moisture:

Apply cool compresses to itchy areas, and try over-the-counter cortisone creams or lotions if your skin is inflamed. If this is not enough, talk to your health care provider about possible prescription lotions.

When to Contact a Medical Professional for Dry Skin Condition

Call your health care provider if:

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your health care provider will perform a physical examination and carefully look at your skin. You will be asked questions about your symptoms and medical history, including:

Alternative Names for Dry Skin

Skin - dry; Winter itch