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Top 4 Scaly Rash Causes

  1. 1.Type 2 Diabetes

    Diabetes causes that blood glucose (blood sugar) levels to become high. With Type II Diabetes, the more common type, the body does not make or use insulin efficiently. Insulin is necessary to metabolize glucose.

    You should visit your primary care physician to get screened for type II diabetes. If the screen is positive, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. There are also glucose-lowering medications that your doctor may prescribe.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, increased appetite compared to normal, vision changes, feeling itchy or tingling all over, hearing loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. The patches mostly affect the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet.

    There are many over-the-counter creams that could help which you can first try to see if your symptoms get better. However, psoriasis is a diagnosis that should be made by a physician and might need longer term follow up.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, rash with well-defined border, painful rash, scaly rash
    Symptoms that never occur with psoriasis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Non - Melanoma Skin Cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma)

    Squamous cells are the small, flat skin cells in the outer layer of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) a type of skin cancer that usually appears as a tiny, painless bump or patch. The most common spots for this cancer are the head (including scalp, lips, ears, and mouth), legs, and the backs of the hands and the arms.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will coordinate care with a dermatologist. Squamous cell carcinoma needs to be confirmed by examining a piece of your affected skin in a laboratory. If SCC is confirmed, treatment involves cutting out a patch of affected skin, scraping the cancer away, or destroying it by freezing or radiation.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    rash on sun-exposed areas, rash with well-defined border, painful rash, light red or pink bump on skin, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter
    Symptoms that always occur with non-melanoma skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma):
    rash on sun-exposed areas
    Symptoms that never occur with non-melanoma skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Celiac Disease

    Celiac disease is an immune disease in which gluten damages the small intestine. Avoid products containing gluten such as wheat, rye, & barley.

    Celiac disease is best managed by following a strict gluten-free diet. Consult with a doctor or dietician for support.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, stomach bloating, constipation, diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Scaly Rash

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is your rash:
  • Q.What color is the rash?
  • Q.Does the rash have a clearly defined border?

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Scaly Rash Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced scaly rash have also experienced:

    • 9% Dry Skin
    • 5% Headache
    • 5% Red - Colored Skin Changes
  • People who have experienced scaly rash had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Less Than a Day
    • 25% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced scaly rash were most often matched with:

    • 26% Psoriasis

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