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    Hi I have cracked scaly skin on my hands and between my fingers and cant get rid of it I have been to my GP twice and been mis-diagnosed both times, given ineffective creams and tablets it is driving me nuts please help!





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    In about March 2010 after masturbating and then sleeping without washing the next day I had developed white patches on my penis head (glans). Well I regret it now but basically I panicked and scratched the skin badly and left my self with scar marks there, almost like deep lines on my penis head. Ever since the skin on my penis can be very dry. The skin now a days looks ok when my penis is flaccid and it can be ok when I get an erection. But after I get an erection and the penis goes flaccid again the skin looks withered, dry, wrinkly and scaly. The skin goes like this also after ejaculatio. After being to the doctors I have used Canesten but to no affect. I am now using Bio OIl to try and stop the skin going like this but im not sure if this will work, I am a virgin so I know the problem is not an STI. Does anyone have any advice?? Thanks.





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    I have itchy bottom for last six months now white scaly patches appeared on the affected itchy area Night the itch is high than day,I apply keto ointment on the skin for relief.what could be the cause and treatment.





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    What is it when you whole body itchies and. It goes red like miskito bites on your body. It help when I put coldness on to it.

    Possibly plaque psoriasis...?

    hi im 20 years of age and i have an oval shaped mark on the side of my breast the center of the mark is like normal skin but the outer edge of the mark is raised and it looks red and scaly it resembles ringworm but its not but its not itchy what could it be ??





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    I am 52, had a hysterectomy at 47 and gradually I have had increased itching round the vulva area. The skin looks very pale and a bit scaly and also sometimes splits. The itching seems to intensify 10 fold during the night when I could scream as the need to scratch is so awful. It keeps me awake half the night unless I use Eurax which will numb it for around 4 hours but a second dose doesn't seem to work then. I am going out of my mind with this constant itching. Is this normal for a woman who is going through the menopause? It puts me off sex as well as the skin seems to taut and likely to split. Any ideas from anyone with a similar problem will be gladly received! The hair in this area has gradually started disappearing as well, as over the years I presume it more skin is turning into scar tissue





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    I've recently developed a red itchy rash inbetween my breasts. The skin there is scaly and rubs away quite easily when I scratch it. I do have quite large breasts so I thought maybe it might be some sort of fungal infection because of heat and moisture but i've tried athlete's foot treatments for about a week (twice daily)and it doesn't seem to be working. Please could someone help me out?





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    Start off by keeping this area clean and try cleaning it 2-3 times a day or as much as needed. Your skin would be rubbing away easily because of sweat and friction on you skin from clothing and other parts of your body. If rash persists try an anti-fungal cream.

    I have suffered with the same problem or years, I am 41 years of age. there is no smell or discharge and Im sick of being told its thrush - been checked for STD years ago just in case!! it starts with an itch always outside my vagina and round my pubic hair, I itch till it bleeds and cracks open - it then heals after a few days with a scaly skin which is so dry it itches and there I go again scratching till its raw - its like being on a roller coaster - I have used allsorts of over the counter creams, this is every minute of the day - I bath in salt water and dont use any smellies doen there. getting really fed up now as I think it may be some form of skin psoriasis? any help would be appreciated and its getting me down. thanks





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    I have experienced the same symptoms as for 18 months now. Initially, I was treated by my GP for thrush, then referred to a genito-urinary clinic after 6 months. They did all the usual STI checks and came to the conclusion it was contact dermatitis and gave me a mild steroid cream saying it was due to an allergy. 6 months later, still no improvement so back to the GP. I was still suffering from itching, burning, stinging, bleeding and splitting around the labia/clitoris and now also the anal area. Again, my GP gave me a thrush treatment so I turned to doing my own research. I recently returned to my GP and asked to be referred to a female genitalia dermatology clinic. My own research has led me to believe this could be vulval psoriasis or similar and all the advice shouts to being referred to dermatology NOT gynaecology. I have a hospital appt in a month's time. The white scaly patches (although sometimes a shiny red patch in this area) mentioned by some comments, are a symptom of lichen sclerosis and lichen planus. My GP tells me I haven't got this but as the long-term effects can change the architecture of the vagina, I will take the dermatologist's advice on this!

    I have had constant itchy lower legs with what I think is heat lumps , this has been going on for just over a year. it's red and my lower legs are now quite scarred, the lumps are usually red, raised and sometimes quite firm with dry scaly skin from scarring and constant scratching. I've used so many different creams from different antihistamine creams and antibacterial cream and camaline lotion for chicken pox nothing has worked so far , I've been to the doctors and haven't even asked to look at my legs , they've just given me strong antihistamine tablets , I know I've only been taking them for a week but I've seen no improvement, some one please help me I can't take it anymore!!!does anyone know what this may be??





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    I started itching with a rash of small red lumps on my arms around 6 months ago. The itching was so intense i would scratch till the lumps would bleed consequently leading to scabs which i would also scratch off with more bleeding. This has now progressed all over my body from the neck down. I must have hundreds of lumps. Like yourself i have used countless creams and antihistamines to no avail. I even treated myself for scabies in desperation ! About a month ago after a referral to a dermatologist i finally had a skin biopsy and some blood tests. i have now recieved the results confirming a condition called Nodular Prurigo. The cause is unknown. I am due to start UVB treatment on Monday. This is the only thing known to help. I hope this works because if it doesn't i will go out of my mind !

    Do you have varicose veins? If the itching is on your lower limbs it could be varicose eczema. A low dose steroid is good for specific areas and compression hosiery can help.

    I am 23 and have always suffered from ezcema. About 2 years ago I developed ezcema on my nipples. It goes through cycles; it starts off as red, itchy and scaly. The skin then sloughs off and it becomes painful and looks like a raw open wound, continually weeping plasma. It has been treated with steroid creams, moisturisers, antibiotics and antihistimines by mutilple doctors and a specialist dermatologist. None of these treatments have had a long term effect. It has continued to get worse, but everytime I go to see my doctor it seems better. The doctor therefore doesn't seem to grasp how painful and upsetting this is. It is very different from the ezcema I have on other parts of my body. Could it be something other than ezcema?





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    Hi, I am 16 and I have suffered ezcema since birth and hasn't been easy to cope with. But the cycle that you have wrote sounds normal. I some times had it red, itchy and scaly and it also is really painful but this is normal effects or ezcema getting at its worse stage but if you go to the beach one day go in the sea for about an hour no matter how much painful it is still stay in there and then put on your cream(s) and you would see difference it might not be a lot but it will get better if you apply your cream(s) before and after you have a bath or shower. Your condition is ezcema nothing else I am sure of it. I hope my advice has helped you and answer your question.

    I have a few scaly patches at the tops of my thighs,I`ve been to the doctor & have been prescribed ointment which is basically like vasaline.I have also used aqeous cream, but none of them have helped.The patches don`t itch, but they are a bit sore at times,& I wish that I could get rid of them. Has anyone any suggestions as to what might help?





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    hydrocortisone cream seems to help the affected area on the inside of my thighs, it doesn't feel nice but i get relief for a while and i get more choice of what to wear. it's normally used for people with dry or damaged skin (especially eczema sufferers). key thing is never to pick or scratch at things, i know from force of habit that it most deffinately doesn't help :/

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    hi am 14 years old.I got the scaly skin fall off me at night and day time, and it really ich,i put cream on but it still ich no matter what i put on the cream doesn't work i try E45 alrealdy.The doctor Explain every but i think he missing out something. P.S my body full with scaly skins all over my body. what cream should i used please tell me if you know thank you.....





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    I am very glad I watched this program today. I developed this itchy scaly legs that is worst in Winter few years back.My GP says it is dry skin an expensive cream will cure it. Well I do use expensive creams already so should not develop scaly itchy legs. Please may I know the creams prescribed for the young black lady that was treated. Thank you





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    My son 18 months has x-linked ichthyosis, i don't know the cream used on tv but we use balneum plus cream and balneum bath oil which has urea and lauromacrogols in and helps break down the scales we also use hydromol intensive which i think is newish it hydrates his skin and also has urea in making his skin smoother and less scaly in appearance, and for his scalp we use oilatum shampoo, not sure about the spellings but these work well for us, i have been to the doctor loads of times when he was a baby and tried loads of cream combinations until we found the right one for his skin, if you get referred to a dermatologist they have sample creams to try. These creams don't make the problem go away we use them 3 or 4 times a day just to control the problem and in the winter his skin gets drier and more scaly, it reduces the appearance of his problem but it is still there, and as his condition prohibits him from sweating we have also been advised to use sun sense sunscreen just thought id mention it as i had never heard of it and summers approaching so his skin will need protecting i hope this helps someone.





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    Not yet. Keep up the treatment until your foot has no more dry scaly skin or scabs. You are almost cured, you are almost there. Goodluck, because I know this skin ailment is a pain in the butt.

    im in my late 20's got a condition called lichen planus for 9 yrs had spots couple here n there on wrists under my breasts groin area but markedly on my rt leg n ankle quiet dark blackish grey patches with hard scaly skin quiet itchy some times n i cant resist scratching and finally bleed as a result its got to a state now where my skin is really hard to touch n white scaly patchy bump not in line with normal skin surface used steroids creams n pills 5 yr ago but in vain only ended up putting on loads of weight as a result ever since then never wore any clothes other than log legged jeans to hide my condition i am too embarrassed to consult a doctor I'm also not sure what is the difference between L.Aureus and L. Planus can u please help as i would be getting married soon n my partner is unaware of my condition n m worried...please suggest some remedy thanx.





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    Embarrassing Bodies TV Programe lits up my hope again... I am now 27YO, and i have suffered scaly skin on my entire body, especially my legs are full of scar marks since i was little girl. And these marks won't fade away, and i find that is really hard for my skin to recover from injuries like mosquito bite, abrassion and so on. I had tried to consult doctor before, and he said my case are more likely to Hyper-pigmentations. My skin problem has totally affected my social life with friends, because i couldn't wear swimsuit or shorts during summer, because of scare to show my scaly legs. I was hoping my wish can be heard, and i was hoping there is a solution for me, to change the condition of my skin appearence and i wish i can wear shorts together like normal people will do daily. Addition, i am currently using Derma Blend body covered creme to covered my scar, when i really need To expose my legs. Really hope to hear a good news from u. Thank you very much.





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    I have dried cracked and itchy skin that is very dry for years Ive used every cream there is to use on my skin but i find it only inflames it more and drys it out quicker my skin goes very tight around my face eyes and mouth and arms my legs are scaly and my skin doesn't seem to sweat, i also have on my back red blotch's that are uncomfortably itchy my problem area's are all over my body i was wondering if there is any help at all since i think Ive used everything prescribed to me





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    I have scalp and skin psoriasis and I've found dermaspray which is fantastic no more red scaly skin. You can even apply it in your hair its non greasy and contains no chemicals whatsoever. This was my last resort as none of the products my dermatologist worked for me.





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    Hi i suffer from eczema on my arms legs and neck...it is actually under control bt there is is a bigger concern...i have scaly skin on my legs which is embarassing so it stops me from wearing skirts n shorts a lot of the time.it looks like snake skin! Also my skin is very very dry!!very flaky due to the weather n hard water in the UK.is there anything that can be done?





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    I have similar problems on my hands where they go very inflamed and a red rash, i went to the doctors and he prescribed me with some cream... i went when it was at its worst so it was a stronger cream than usual but within a few weeks it had cleared :) it still becomes like that sometimes when im stressed or run down according to the doctor but if i put the cream on it seems to control it quicker! hope it turns out ok!

    I am 14 years old, i had eczema all my life, its got really better the past few years but my skin is really scaly and dry. I put cream on it all the time but its still dry! Also I cant put anythink on my face because the skin will flare up, sometimes even with water! Thanks.





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    Hi i'm 45 and I have dry and scaly skin on my armpits and it has been there on and off for over a year. I have used canestan and timodene cream, but not completely cleared up. Please help.





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    I know the feeling having a son with the same condition. I have bought several lubricating creams for him, but none of those seems to work. I have researched online and I have seen a lot of people recommending SR Lotion. I can feel there's truth to it. After seven days, the skin start flaking and we're waiting for the scaly skin to finally shed this time.

    My Sister abd I have suffered ichthyosis all our life - both born with it, tried all creams under the sun !!! The ONLY one that truly works is : 10% UREA IN SUNFLOWER SEED OIL (it is NOT greasy), and the skin eats it - available thru the GP it is made up specially to order via the Chemist here in UK. Its the only answer for this condition other than natural sunlight, I believe the Sun puts Vitamin D into the skin - which this condition does not produce enough itself, hence the scaly, dry, flaky condition. Do try the above cream and have near normal skin.





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    My boyfriend has dry scaly itchy skin in his groin area and on his bum cheeks .. No matter what creams or moisturizer is used it just won't go away.. How can he get rid of the itch he's too embarrassed to see a gp





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    i have this disease condition since childhood(my lower leg skin appears like scaly) , and taken treatment from many doctors. but there is no cure. can you please prescribe me any cream which can cure my skin condition. thank you





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    Like many of these ladies I have been getting creams and antibiotics for years for thrush to no avail, I have an itch, discharge and scaly skin around my vagina and begining to think it is psoriasis, what can you suggest?





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    I have had re occurring thrush a wk b4 my period for over a year! My doctor tells me to use canes tan.it temporarily works but comes back again the following month! I now have broken red scaly skin from the scratching.please help!





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    I have found some little brown scaly patches on my major labia but there is no itching, no burning Recently I went to gynacologist she said as I loose some weight that's why the skin appears like this, but I am so worried please help me out





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    Hi everyone, I am 22 year old female from the Caribbean. I now live in the UK. I found myself on here after I have been looking at different websites for skin irritation amongst other things. The strange thing about my problem is that it only affects me when I am in the UK. I see none of my symptoms when I am in the heat. (sun). I'm really not sure if it is related. I get very bad dry, scaly and darkened skin which makes me look older than my age and really affects my confidence. I have tried absolutely everything. I just want to know if anyone else has has this peculiar problem?





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    Hi Shaista, I am a 33-year-old living in Australia, and I really only deal with ichthyosis in the winter, as the air becomes cold and dry. The UK and the Caribbean are two different places in terms of the weather.

    i have got swollen legs and feet ,which has left me with dry scaly (flakey)skin and blisters which can cause infections if they burst i have had vasculitis that has left me with mononeuritis multiplex (dead nerves in feet and hands)my dr. has said it is water retention which i take water tablets with no help.my legs are red which my dr said was blood in the water escaping thro my skin and probally causing the blisters and the flaky skin he gave me e45 cream to help it softens the skin butis not the answer?????





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  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Acne scarring

    We're Coming to Get You!

    The Docs are back, and this time they're coming to get you! Read more →

  • Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    The doctors revisit famous cases of skin problems, finding out how their patients are getting on now... Read more →

  • Teeth grinding

    Episode 3 - Rural

    This week's episode includes a woman leaving pieces of skin everywhere, and cases featuring lumpy eyes, boils on the groin and some truly terrifying teeth. Read more →

  • Headlice

    Episode 2 - Kids

    This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that may prove to be life saving; a woman with a sore bottom whose problem is much deeper than it seems and a teenage girl with a severe scaly scalp. Read more →

  • Hypo pigmentation

    Episode 5

    Episode 5 featured conditions as diverse as Gynaecomastia (that's man-boobs to the rest of us), Vaginisimus, hereditary Crohn's Disease, Anal Warts,some problem ears and a skin pigmentation problem. Meanwhile Dr Jessen hit the nightspots of Birmingham… Read more →

  • Athletes Foot

    Episode 1

    The first set of cases through the EI doors included cases of Piles, Flatulence, Athlete's Foot, Skin Tags, Inverted Nipples and Vaginal Discharge. The boys of Moseley Rugby club were on hand to drop their towels for a lesson on testicular self examina… Read more →

  • Episode 5

    Episode 5 - Series 7

    Dr Christian and Nurse Joy Tickle do a double act on the truck in Birmingham tackling some untreatable skin conditions. Read more →

  • Christian

    Bodies Behaving Badly

    Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions including bladder control, sunburn and STIs. Read more →

  • Episode 3 - Series 7

    In the clinic this week: a man with the sorest Penis Dr Christian has ever seen, a woman born without a vagina and a builder whose mystery allergy has left his skin weeping all over. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 8 - Oral

    This week's episode includes a man whose armpits are making his life hell, a couple with severe sexual discomfort and a case of very painful privates. Read more →

  • Acne lazer treatment

    Episode 7 - Back to the Clinic

    This week the doctors are inviting some of their most serious cases back to the clinic to find out exactly how they've been getting on with their treatment, and to find out if they've conquered their embarrassment! Read more →

  • Peridinal Sinus

    Episode 4 - Feet

    This week's episode includes a podiatry roadshow, a mouthful of manky molars and a painful case of cystic acne. Read more →

  • Verrucas on the foot

    Episode 4

    Episode 4's patients included one suffering from the penis bending disease Peyronies, a lady with bothersome Bad Breath and a very surprised owner of a 3rd Nipple. Excess Hair was also on the EI agenda, as were Verrucas that had become a family affair… Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 5 - Holiday

    This week's episode includes a visit to the airport where the Doctors see holiday goers bring back more than just souvenirs and tans. Read more →

  • Folliculitis

    Episode 9 - Rally

    This week's episode includes a woman with a hair-raising illness, some unwanted leakage, an itchy scalp and a wake up call for Dr Christian… Read more →

  • Dr Pixie

    Episode 12 - Under The Knife

    In this special episode, the doctors find out what happens when surgery goes wrong... Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Night terrors

    Episode 2 - London

    This week's Embarrassing Bodies takes on the capital as the mobile clinic hits old London town! Read more →

  • Episode 6

    Episode 6 - Series 7

    In the clinic Dr Christian helps a man get treatment for a super sore penis and a woman whose bottom cyst had left her wanting 'more junk in her trunk'. Read more →

  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

  • Anal Operation

    Vaginas

    The EI team roll into Norwich to setup a clinic in one of the country's busiest shopping centres. This time the Docs are getting stuck into the Vagina, and there’s no room for coyness ladies! Read more →

  • Beach

    Boys, Boys, Boys

    Episode 3 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies takes a closer look at binge drinking, diabetes and chronic acne. Read more →

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