We just have to ascertain first if these dry patches are not fungal in nature. Fungal infections may present as dry looking patches due to the fine scales that characterize them. You have noted these patches in various parts of the body, is this correct? Other differentials will be nummular eczema and xeroses (dryness). I do not think keratosis pilaris would fit in as you have mentioned of "skin patches". Keratosis pilaris however involves larger areas of skin.
Have you had this assessed by your physician already?
nope, didn't want to make a trip to the doctor if I didn't need to. It seems fairly benign at this point, but I wouldn't mind trying to figure out what it is, It just feels dry, not scaly!
You may continue moisturizing these patches. Try Vitamin E cream for ready absorption. This may be a fungal infection or a dermatitic skin condition. Using a mild and bland cleanser like Cetaphil or Neutrogena may help prevent further dryness of the skin or irritation. You may apply an antifungal cream over the area just to see if the dry patches respond to the medications.
i have the same thing on my shoulder i went to the doctor he told me it was skin mold and to use canestan on it even for a week after it goes away? hope that helps its caused by sweat not drying quick enough?
I have the same thing. I have eczema, but I've never noticed these til summer. One is just below my bra line and I noticed a second one a couple days ago and it's above my pant line about half an inch. I have serious ointments because my eczema is so bad and none of these have them go away. I picked at one like a scab and it seem to have made it worst and a little bigger. I'm scared and I'm curious if anyone truly knows what this is.
Hello, I have the same things, I have had these for a few years now they are all over both of the tops of my arms and have begun to merge together. These patches occur mostly during the summer and do not tan. I have recently started having them on my back which are much more itchy than those on my arms. I went to the doctor 2 years ago when I first noticed them, they just gave me anti dandruff shampoo and told me to cover the areas and leave for 10 minutes before I showered. This did not help and they did not say what it was, I have not been back since. I think some GP's are quite useless and would like some genuine help to get rid of them.
I just recently developed these bizarre dry patches . First one on my arm and then one on each shouder - same spot/same time they formed and then one on my ribcage now. I have never had any skin issues or exzema, but have had extreme stress for the past 2 months that they have developed. The winter has also been unusually dry and causing severe hand, dryness, and fingernail peeling. Not sure what to do!
Same thing here, Single spot showed up on my arm next to my elbow. Almost perfectly round, dry but smooth not flaky or protruding. Same as well with the dry air this winter and going through some extreme stress... showed up right around the 2 month mark as well. trying to figure out how to get rid of it, hoping the spring moisture will help. never had skin problems before and after this stress and winter my skin is itchy, but that one spot doesn't itch just dry.
I really wouldn't worry. I'm 18 and been suffering from these since i was about 13. I rarely got them, but when i do they last about a month or so. My dad says it's a 'time of the year' because he gets dry patches. I used to also get them in times of stress. It used to be on the side of my wrist, it's currently on my lower inner thigh, i've had them on my arms and all over the place. Put E45 cream on it daily, and let it heal itself. Try Aloe Vera or Tea Tree Lotion Oil, they calm it down for me.
Don't worry :) just one of them weird body things.
(i went to the doctor with this and they didn't know what it was)
What kezpiece123 had was 100% Tinea Versicolor. And your doctor did in fact know what they were doing. Anti-dandruff shampoo is a treatment for it, albeit not the most effective one. It's a fungal infection and probably what the OP has.
Use lotramin or lamasil daily on the area and it should clear it up quickly.
Hey i'm 16 and I have small patches on my ankle and hands I don't know what to do :( I have tried moisturiser but it comes back 0o0
Mine are on the tops of my foot around the ankle,thats all.