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Remedy for dry and itchy skin - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i suddenly developed dry and itchy can i cure this?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi doc
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   29 and male
Doctor :   since when have you noticed these symptoms?
User :   4yrs now
Doctor :   Where exactly have you noticed these symptoms?
User :   all over my skin
User :   wounds dont heal on time again
Doctor :   Do you notice redness or any other colour discoloration?
User :   whenever i have a cut on my skin it does not clear out
Doctor :   Do you notice thickened skin?
User :   my skin has become very dark and dull
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes/thyroid problems?
User :   no
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor in the past for these issues?
User :   yes but none has been able to give me a solution
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Since I cannot perform a physical examination on your skin, I cannot pinpoint the exact cause for your symptoms.
Doctor :   However based on your description, I shall provide you with these information.
Doctor :   Extremely dry skin can cause itching.
Doctor :   Hence the problem may be the dryness of the skin.
Doctor :   These can occur due to unknown causes or as a part of other medical problems such as thyroid hormone dysfunctions.
Doctor :   Hence I suggest you these measures.
Doctor :   1. Avoid bathing for more than once a day, and preferrably do not use hot water.
Doctor :   You can apply some mineral oils in the water that you bathe.
Doctor :   Avoid using harsh soaps.
Doctor :   most of the deodarant soaps can be harsh and preferrably avoid them.
Doctor :   3. When using towel after bathing, avoid excessive brushing of the skin with the towel.
Doctor :   4,.
Doctor :   4. Use moisturisers liberally after each bath and
Doctor :   there after.
User :   but i also noticed that wheneva am jogging, sand particles tend to come from inside my throat
Doctor :   5. sun exposure with dryness can increase itching, hence use sun screen lotions over sun exposed areas.
User :   like i've got sand inside of me
User :   this is strange though
Doctor :   The source probably is external and not internal.
Doctor :   And for your dry skin, my last advice is to see a doctor to help in evaluating if any other medical illness such as thyroid problem is causing your symptoms.
User :   from past history when these particles come out of my inside, the condition improves
User :   what kind of doctor can i see for a thyroid tesr
User :   and what kind of test can i do?
Doctor :   It is either the mucous secretions or probably the dust and other particles getting settled which are removed by the secretions.
Doctor :   Thyroid problems are diagnosed based on the symptoms, signs and thyroid function tests.
Doctor :   Hence I suggest you to see a doctor before you take up those test( if you want those tests).
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
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