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Acne

Struggling with acne? You’re not alone. Acne is one of the most widespread skin diseases and almost everyone has suffered from the condition at some point. If you have questions related to acne, we’ve got you covered. Check out our QnA section with hundreds of commonly-asked user questions about acne along with expert answers.

Eczema

Eczema is a chronic condition that results in itchy, red, scaly, dry, and rough skin. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with eczema, you are bound to have questions about this skin problem. Take a look at our comprehensive QnA sections to find user-submitted questions and responses from our in-house skin experts.

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Psoriasis

Being diagnosed with psoriasis can be a nasty surprise, but knowing more about the skin condition can help ease your anxiety. Find expert answers to some of the most widely-asked questions on psoriasis submitted by other users in our QnA section.

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im hvng red dry patches on my left arm…..could it be psoriasis? What are its symptoms and tell its treatments also.
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Answered by
Dr. Abhishek De
We advise you to consult a dermatologist as without seeing it's very difficult to comment. Assuming its psoriasis...psoriasis brings red, itchy, dry patches topped by silvery scales on your skin. It has various forms with respective symptoms. Plaque psoriasis, for example, the most common type, has raised dry red lesions covered with whitish-silver scales. These plaques may ache, swell or itch and usually emerge on knees, elbows, scalp and back; though they may appear anywhere. Skin inflammation and exfoliation over maximum body surface accompanies plaque psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis, on the other hand, involves tiny, drop-shaped red-pink lesions cropping on large stretches of the body like torso, arms, legs, and scalp. Pustular psoriasis has pus-filled raised bumps surrounded by tender red skin. The condition can affect different parts of the body. Depending on the type, acuteness and affected areas, your doctor will determine a treatment. First-line therapies involve topical applications like corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, emollients, steroids, coal tar, calcineurin inhibitors and dithranol. However, if the symptoms are too adverse, phototherapy may come into the picture involving rectification with UV light. In the severest cases, systemic treatments (oral or injected drugs working throughout the body) are the last resort. Various treatments are teamed with one another in most cases. We suggest you consult a dermatologist for accurate diagnosis and treatment of your skin issue.
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need a medicine for psoriasis on my scalp. my patches are very very dry, thick, harsh and large. Can u please name a few good creams. Tried many otc ones – shampoos, gels, ointments, but to no effect.
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Dr. Abhishek De
Coal tar based scalp shampoos helps in mild scalp psoriasis. Mild steroid like hydrocortisone lotion can be used at night in inflamed areas. In case coal tar, salicylic acid and other OTC products have failed to improve the patches on your scalp, you can rely on prescription drugs containing higher concentrations of these compounds. Variety of other medicated preparations are also available to treat moderate-to-severe scalp psoriasis like topical vitamin A or D derivatives, steroid drugs, immunomodulators and biologics. These include dithranol, tazarotene, calcipotriene, calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate, cyclosporine, MTX, acitretin, etc. In case of a bacterial or yeast infection brought on by scalp psoriasis, the doctor may prescribe you antimicrobial drugs. For deeper absorption, soften and shed the plaques before swiping any of these topical drugs. Dampen the scalp with lukewarm water and lather OTC products with salicylic acid, urea, lactic acid, pyrithione, selenium sulfide or zinc. Comb the scalp in soft circular motions targeting to slough off the softened plaques and rinse them off completely with a salicylic acid shampoo. A prescription will be mandatory for most of these medicines due to the possible side effects. Once gone, you can avoid repeat symptoms by making medicated shampoos your regular cleansers.

Hair Fall

Hair fall is extremely common and can be a cause for concern. If you have questions on your mind regarding the condition, feel free to check our list of user-submitted questions and then read the answers from verified, top doctors.

Dandruff

Dandruff is a chronic skin condition that normally develops on the scalp and leads to flaking skin. This common condition can be annoying but the good news is that it is easily treatable. Take a look at our user-submitted questions on the subject along with answers from top, verified doctors.

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What cause dandruff on head? My scalp havinng white white dandrugfg everywhere that falls on me and my dress. So shame I feel in bus n everywhere in office. Pls tell what cud be causing it as I want to end the root only/ of the problem. My age IS 52. Cann IT BE due to my getting old?
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Dr. Abhishek De
It is hard to know the precise causes of dandruff. However, research points at certain genetic and environmental factors. Scalp fungal infection can be caused by the yeast Malassezia. Although existing on the scalp of most of us, Malassezia flares up in some individuals, causing skin cells to multiply and fall off as dandruff. As Malassezia feeds on the oils in the hair and scalp, people with oily scalp or hair are more likely to get dandruff. Poor personal hygiene is hardly considered a reason for dandruff; however, not washing your hair enough can cause dandruff through build-up of skin cells that itch and flake off. Skin sensitivity to certain substances in personal care products can also cause contact dermatitis that turns the scalp red and itchy. Seborrheic eczema or dermatitis is a common skin condition that affects the scalp and other oily body areas, causing red, scaly patches and dandruff. Neurological disorders like Parkinson's disease, HIV infection and conditions that weaken the immune system are other risk factors to developing dandruff. As for age, dandruff is usually most acute in young adulthood and less common in those aging above 50. Yet, it can be a lifelong condition and affect older adults. One of the root causes of dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, however peaks in three age groups, namely, infancy, puberty and the years between 40s and 60s.

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