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Is that dry skin really something more serious?

Sometimes it’s hard to discern if dry skin is a sign of a more serious condition. Common conditions include eczema and contact dermatitis, which both include dry, cracked, itchy skin. Psoriasis causes thick, raised, red or silvery patches of scaly skin on the elbows, knees, scalp, and trunk. A concerted effort to moisturize the skin throughout the day may be all it takes to get rid of itching and dryness and build up the skin’s moisture barrier. When moisturizing alone isn’t enough, a trip to the dermatologist may be in order. (Locked) More »

Ward off winter skin woes

Winter can wreak havoc on the skin. Exposure to cold weather or dry heat indoors can cause dry, itchy skin. Some simple steps, such as moisturizing regularly, can help to solve them. More »

Is there a way to treat seborrheic keratosis?

Seborrheic keratoses are raised, rough lesions that appear typically on the trunk, back, face, or neck after age 50. They are not cancerous or contagious, and there is no way to prevent them or stop them from returning once removed. (Locked) More »

How much vitamin D should I take?

Scientists don’t have definitive evidence yet about how much vitamin D one should take for good health. There’s general agreement that doses above 4,000 IU daily can be toxic to adults, with lower doses toxic to kids. (Locked) More »

How clean should your skin be?

Probiotic skin products, which are designed to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria, are promising options for treating skin conditions in the future. However, there is no scientific evidence that currently available probiotic skin products are effective. More »

When is heavy sweating a problem?

Excessive sweating is often a result because the body produces excess heat, like an overactive thyroid. Injuries to the nervous system, such as diabetic neuropathy or a spinal cord injury, also can trigger sweating in the damaged nerves area. However, the most common explanation for sudden onset of excessive perspiration is a new medication. (Locked) More »