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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Good afternoon.
User :   good aftrn
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   i have dry skin problem
User :   skin is breaking in winter
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Since when are you facing this problem?
Doctor :   Are you there?
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User :   s
User :   this winter
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness?
User :   30, female
User :   no
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor for these current symptoms?
User :   not yet
Doctor :   Have you tried any measures to treat this problem?
User :   ya moisturizing creams as my skin is dry , this skin breaking is only happend in hands,
User :   back side of palms
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Skin drying is caused by many factors
Doctor :   1. Nutritions - lack of essential vitamins - vitamin B4, vitamin E deficiencies are the commonest
Doctor :   2. Low body hydration
Doctor :   3. Certain infections
Doctor :   4. Endocrine and hormone disorders
Doctor :   5. Certain immune disorders
Doctor :   and so on.
Doctor :   Apart from this, many a times an exact cause is not determined and are associated with genes and hereditary factors.
User :   nw tht it has happnd only on my hands, wat could b the reason?
User :   also, my elbows and knees are dry
Doctor :   Any of the above reasons could be the factor that has caused these symptoms.
Doctor :   Dryness restricted to skin folds, are common in nutritional deficiencies and rarely with immune dysfunctions.
Doctor :   Having said this, most often it is impossible to find a permanent solution for the problem.
Doctor :   Measures of treatment can only help in preventing symptoms.
Doctor :   Those measures include the following.
Doctor :   1. Avoid frequent bathing with hot water
Doctor :   2. Use regular moisturisers (preferrably ones containing vitamins supplements in them).
Doctor :   For better results, use the moisturisers when the skin is still wet, this will help in regulating the moisture
User :   is thr ne medicated ointment / lotion?
Doctor :   3. Avoid any harsh soaps. mild soaps such as dove or pears are better.
User :   inspite of moisturiseres ths condition has occured
Doctor :   4. Along with the local applications, you need to improve on your diet and water consumptions.
Doctor :   Include a healthy balanced diet containing plenty of fruits, vegetables.
Doctor :   You will also need essential oils such as liver oils in your diet.
Doctor :   5. If you have any of the below symptoms - you will need evaluations
Doctor :   Over weight, irregular periods, preferrence to cold weather, reduced appetite, depression and so on.
Doctor :   If such symptoms are associated with your dry skin, then you will need evaluation to see if you have hypothyroidism.
Doctor :   In that case, treatment for hypothyroidism is essential.
Doctor :   Most often these measures will help you in treating the present problem,
Doctor :   however a few may be resistant to these measures
Doctor :   In such instances, you will need steroid preparations/creams/ointments
Doctor :   Hence if these measures fail to improve your symptoms, I suggest that you consult a dermatologist who will help you in obtaining these steroid containing medications.
Doctor :   Finally, most often there are reports that stress and psychological factors do play a role in treatment of dry skin.
Doctor :   Hence it is also essential that you include proper and regular sleep, regular diet, physical exercise and relaxation techniques when planning the treatment.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
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