Dry skin can be itchy, unsightly, and irritating and hard to find relief. If you’d like to find out what’s behind your dry skin, visit Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Bend, Oregon. Dermatologist Dawn Allison, MD can diagnose and treat your dry skin’s underlying causes. If you have dry skin that isn’t improving, call Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.
Dry skin is a widespread condition that may cause your skin to flake or develop rough patches. Typical signs and symptoms of dry skin include:
Most cases of dry skin are minor and heal on their own. However, severely dry skin that doesn’t dissipate may lead to more serious complications, such as infection, if left untreated. Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against invading germs, so cracks from dry skin may allow bacteria to enter.
Dry skin has numerous possible causes, many of which are environmental. Some of the most common causes of dry skin include:
First, Dr. Allison performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history to determine what might be causing your dry skin. If she suspects your dry skin may be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as hypothyroidism, Dr. Alison may request diagnostic tests.
Most cases of dry skin resolve on their own with some lifestyle changes. If your case is mild, Dr. Allison may recommend using moisturizer or avoiding specific environmental conditions that cause dry skin.
If a more severe skin disease cause your condition, such as dermatitis or psoriasis, Dr. Allison may prescribe a medicated cream or ointment.
If chronic dry skin is causing pain, severe itching, or just won’t go away, Dr. Allison can help you find relief. Call Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.