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Diseases reference index «Xerosis»

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


Dry skin usually gets worse during the winter.

Older people are usually affected more by this condition.


The skin is dry, scaly, itchy, and red. Fine cracks may appear on the skin.

The arms and legs are usually affected most.


Treatments include:

  • Moisturizers, especially those that contain urea and lactic acid
  • Topical steroids -- for areas that get very inflamed and itchy


  • Avoid excess exposure to water
  • Keep the bath water relatively cool
  • Use gentle skin cleansers that do not contain dyes and fragrances

Alternative Names

Asteatotic eczema; Eczema craquele

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