Last Updated: 2023-07-07
Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.
Sebostasis, pityriasis simplex corporis, pityriasis simplex capilitii, pityriasis simplex faciei.
Dry skin, which can be triggered by various underlying diseases.
Very common, especially in older age.
- Advanced age
- Drying out due to intensive hygiene measures
- Atopic eczema
- Ectodermal dysplasia
Dry skin, with hyperkeratosis and scaling. Dermoscopically, the Whites Scale Sign can be seen. This should also be seen as an indication for re-lubricating measures.
Mostly on the lower legs, but possible all over the body.
Severe xerosis may result in exsiccation eczema.
Very good with adequate re-lubrication.
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