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Dry Skin - Xerosis

Dry skin, also known as xerosis, is a common complaint during cold weather, in arid climates and among the elderly. It is caused by water loss from the uppermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum. Environmental factors such as low humidity and excessive exposure to soaps and detergents can foster water loss through damaging the skin barrier. Dry skin is often itchy and xerosis is the most common cause of itchy skin. Dry skin becomes more prevalent during winter months because exposure to both cold windy air and indoor heating is drying to the skin.

Diagnosis

Dry skin is usually a diagnosis that can be made clinically by observing skin with fine scale, cracking or fissuring. Sometimes dryness is just one manifestation of underlying inflammation and a biopsy may be needed to rule out inflammatory dermatoses such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis or a fungal skin infection. Certain diseases such as hypothyroidism, HIV and Sjogren syndrome can cause dry skin and if dry skin does not respond to treatment additional testing to rule out such diseases may be necessary.

Management

Treating dry skin involves replenishing the water content in the skin. This is best achieved by bathing in cooler water with a gentle soap immediately followed by liberal application of moisturizing cream. Excessive washing should be avoided. Environmental modifications such as keeping room temperature as low as comfortable during the winter and the use of room humidifiers can also be beneficial.

Prevention

Consistently adhering to gentle bathing habits and daily use of moisturizer can prevent dry skin problems. Exposed skin should be protected from winter cold through the use of gloves and scarves. For dry skin on the hands, moisturizer should be applied each time the hands are washed. Rubber or vinyl gloves should be worn when cleaning with chemicals or washing dishes. Excessive use of hand sanitizer should be avoided.

Coping

If a patient follows the above recommendations but dry skin persists, evaluation by a dermatology professional may be needed to discover the reason for the persistent xerosis.

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The music and the abience in the office was superb!

#12018-02-05

I love the Edith Piaf music being piped in - that was an awesome touch.

#22018-06-28

That I was seen by the doctor and did not feel rushed.

#32017-11-11

Andrea was very responsive to my original request to be seen, and you provided a very quick appointment even though I was not a patient. As an architect, I especially appreciate the attention to detail in how you have retrofitted the office.

#42018-03-04

Everything -- quiet, understated

#52017-11-28

Dr. Ringpfeil is extremely knowledgeable about her field. She also put me at ease immediatley and made me feel quite at home. I will definatley return once a year for her to check me. Her assistant and the receptionists were most helpful and very nice and more than happy to comply with their patients' wishes. Should anyone be searching for a dermatologist, I highly recommend Dr. Ringpfeil.

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The doctor answered all of my questions and concerns

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I especially enjoyed the atmosphere and the music. It made my visit very enjoyable.

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receptionist should not be so quick to refuse insurance before fully understanding the the type of insurance and how it functions

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You often have a long wait time in the room for the doctor. When she does come in it is not for a very long time.

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Your rain spouts put water into the driveway to the back parking lot. As it gets colder, it will freeze and create a dangerous pathway for clients

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