Dry, scaly skin spots are sometimes treated with lotions, topical creams or oral medications. Treatment depends on the severity of the problem and the underlying source of the scaly skin, explains Healthline.
Scaly skin that appears in cold, dry weather or after prolonged sun exposure can usually be treated with lotions and topical creams, but if the condition gets worse or spreads, it is important to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment, says Healthline. Doctors may refer patients to a dermatologist to receive specialized treatments.
Conditions such as atopic eczema cause itchy, red scaly patches to form on the skin. This condition is common and often treated with steroid-free topical medicines; corticosteroid creams; tar-based ointments; damp dressings; mild soaps; thick moisturizers; or oral corticosteroid or antihistamine medications, according to Diana Rodriguez for Everyday Health. If allergens, such as wool, laundry detergent or cosmetics, cause the dry, scaly skin, avoid these allergens. An allergist performs tests to determine allergens triggering the reaction.
Other conditions that cause scaly skin include contact dermatitis, hypoparathyroidism and psoriasis. Each condition is different and requires unique treatment, notes Healthline. In some cases, scaling of the skin is a sign of a serious allergic reaction and requires immediate medical attention. Get emergency help if scaling skin is accompanied by swelling, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, high fever, weakness or severe fever blistering.