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Have very dry, scaly skin on knee, painful and not getting better. What could be causing it?

I have had very dry and scaly skin on one knee for a while now but recently it feels as though there is a cyst or something under the skin. It is on the front of my knee where I kneel so is becoming quiet painful and not getting better. What could be causing it and how do I get rid of it. I work full time and so find it very difficult to get to my doctor.
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Hi, thanks for your query.

You seem to have developed prepatellar bursitis also known as coal miner's knee, housemaid's knee, or nun's knee. It is common among individuals whose professions require frequent kneeling. Prolonged and/or repetitive kneeling causes friction and puts pressure on the bursa leading to inflammation of the bursa in front of the knee.

To treat the same:
-avoid kneeling
- take rest
-use knee pads
-you may take anti inflammatory and analgesics for pain
-application of ice locally

If this does not help you may need to consult a doctor for other modalities of treatment like aspiration and rule out infection.

Hope this solves your query.
Answered: Wed, 26 Jun 2013
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