Dry Skin: Types, Risk Factors & Treatments
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What causes dry skin? 19 possible conditions

Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition marked by scaling, itching, and cracking. It can occur for a variety of reasons. Some people have naturally dry skin and may experience frequent symptoms. However, even the oiliest skin can get dry at times. Skin... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Allergic Eczema

When your body comes in contact with something that could make you ill, your immune system promotes chemical changes to help your body ward off disease. You are exposed to thousands of substances each day, and most wil...

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2

Psoriasis Overview

Psoriasis is a chronic disease characterized by red patches on the skin, often accompanied with silvery-white scales of dead skin cells. It is not contagious.

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3

Dehydration

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Dehydration takes place when your body loses more fluid than you drink. Learn about signs and prevention.

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4

Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland produces a hormone that controls how your cells use energy (metabolize). Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn't produce enough. Untreated, it can cause complications like obesity and heart disease.

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5

Primary Hypothyroidism

Primary hypothyroidism means your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones. Learn about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.

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6

Heat Emergencies

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Heat emergencies are health crises caused by exposure to hot weather and sun. Heat emergencies have three stages: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.

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7

Diabetes Insipidus

Diabetes insipidus (DI) is a rare condition that occurs when your kidneys are not able to conserve water. It results in extreme thirst for water and frequent urination. There are several types of DI, and they can ofte...

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8

Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects salivary and lacrimal glands. Read about signs and symptoms.

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9

Hypoparathyroidism

Hypoparathyroidism is a rare condition that occurs when the parathyroid glands in the neck don't produce enough parathyroid hormone (PTH).

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10

Cholera

Cholera is a serious bacterial disease that can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration. Find out if you're at risk.

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11

Stasis Dermatitis And Ulcers

Find detailed information on stasis dermatitis and ulcers, including causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

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12

Ichthyosis Vulgaris

Ichthyosis vulgaris, also known as "fish scale disease," is a generally genetic skin disease that causes dry, dead skin cells to accumulate in patches on the skin.

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13

Type 2 Diabetes Overview

Type 2 diabetes is a common chronic metabolic disease that leads to abnormally high levels of blood sugar in the blood. This blood sugar is also referred to as glucose.

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14

Toxic Megacolon

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Toxic megacolon is a rare, life-threatening widening of the large intestine and is usually a complication of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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15

Dissection of the Aorta

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

The aorta is a large artery that carries blood out of your heart. If you experience a dissection of the aorta, it means that blood has entered the wall of the artery, between the inner and middle layers. This can happe...

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16

Burns

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Burns are characterized by severe skin damage that causes the affected cells to die. Most people can recover from burns without serious health consequences.

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17

Hashimoto's Disease

Hashimoto's disease is a condition that damages the thyroid's ability to function properly. It can cause a goiter, or enlarged thyroid, which can make the front of the neck look swollen.

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18

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that can result in severe weight loss. Learn more about warning signs and treatment.

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19

Corns And Calluses

Corns and calluses are patches of hard, thickened skin typically found on your feet..

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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