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What Causes Dry Nails And Scaly Skin On Shoulders And Scalp?

I have horizontal waves on both thumbnails and dry, sometimes scaly skin, especially on my shoulders and scalp. Also, the cuticles around my thumbnails are always dry and cracked. I am 53, 5'10", 143-lbs. and in otherwise excellent health (at least so far as I know). I take no prescription meds and am an avid runner and lift weights 2-3 days per week. What do you think and could these conditions be related? Thanks.
Mon, 21 May 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.

I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

As per your case history of dry and scaly skin, my treatment advice is -
1. Don't scratch the lesion as it may worsen the condition.
2. Apply an emollient cream like Enmoist cream.
3. Take a vitamin B12 supplement.

If problem persists then consult a dermatologist.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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What Causes Dry Nails And Scaly Skin On Shoulders And Scalp?

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. As per your case history of dry and scaly skin, my treatment advice is - 1. Don t scratch the lesion as it may worsen the condition. 2. Apply an emollient cream like Enmoist cream. 3. Take a vitamin B12 supplement. If problem persists then consult a dermatologist. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.