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Dry skin (xeroderma) may be caused by external factors, like cold temperatures, low humidity, harsh soaps, and certain medications, or internal factors, such as thyroid disease, diabetes, psoriasis, or Sjogren's syndrome. Symptoms and signs of dry skin include itching and red, cracked or flaky skin. The main treatment for dry skin is frequent, daily lubrication of the skin.

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      • Can I transmit the gene for psoriasis to my children?
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      • What is the treatment for psoriasis?
      • What creams, lotions, and home remedies are available for psoriasis?
      • What oral medications are available?
      • What injections or infusions are available for psoriasis?
      • What about light therapy for psoriasis?
      • Where can I get more information on psoriasis?
      • Is there a national psoriasis support group?
      • What is my long-term prognosis with psoriasis? What are complications of psoriasis?
      • What does the future hold?
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      Itching Article
      • Itch facts
      • What is an itch?
      • What are associated symptoms and signs of itching?
      • What causes itching?
      • How is the cause of itching diagnosed?
      • Should I scratch the itch?
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      • What are oral itch treatments?
      • Can itching be prevented?
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      • What are possible complications of itching?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) for itching?
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      • Athlete's foot facts
      • What is athlete's foot?
      • What are the symptoms and signs of athlete's foot?
      • What does athlete's foot look like?
      • Is athlete's foot contagious?
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      • What is the treatment for athlete's foot?
      • What home remedies are available for athlete's foot?
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      • When should I seek medical care?
      • What are possible complications of athlete's foot?
      • What kind of doctor treats athlete's foot?
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      • What is diabetes?
      • What is the impact of diabetes?
      • What causes diabetes?
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