What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin (xerosis) is a quite common issue, and it can be caused by a wide range of factors including climate, skincare routine, age, and genetics. It most commonly affects specific parts of the body such as the elbows, arms, and legs. Dry skin is not a major medical issue in most cases, but it can cause itching and discomfort, as well as cracked or scaly skin.
What Are The Causes of Dry Skin?
Dry skin is most common in the wintertime due to cold, arid weather, but may also occur year-round for a number of other reasons. A common factor of dry skin is age, as your skin will naturally become thinner, lose collagen deposits, and produce less oil and sweat as you get older. Dry skin can also be connected to skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or ichthyosis, as well as other medical issues such as diabetes, HIV, or thyroid or kidney disease. Your skin may dry out as a side effect of certain medications including statins and diuretics. Finally, lifestyle factors such as poor diet and smoking cigarettes may contribute to dry skin as well.
Other typical causes of pain in the abdominal area include:
- Diverticulitis, an inflammation of the small intestine
- Pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas
- Kidney stones
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- GERD – gastroesophageal reflux disease, characterized by heartburn and acid reflux
These and other general causes of abdominal pain can affect both sexes, but some kinds of pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic area are unique to men or women.
Abdominal Pain for Women
In addition to general abdominal issues, women can also experience abdominal pain related to conditions affecting the reproductive system, such as menstrual cramps, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, or cancer of the uterus or ovaries. These conditions can cause pain in the lower abdomen, as well as “referred pain” felt elsewhere in the abdominal area.
Abdominal Pain in Men
Men can also experience abdominal pain from conditions unique to their reproductive organs. Testicular problems such as torsion of testicular cancer can make pain felt in the abdominal area, and hernias can also pose a risk. An enlarged prostate can also contribute to abdominal pain when it causes urinary tract obstruction.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms of Dry Skin?
What Are The Risk Factors of Dry Skin?
How is Dry Skin Diagnosed?
A dermatologist can typically diagnose dry skin through a basic physical examination of the affected area. They may ask about your medical history, as well as diet and other lifestyle factors, to help determine the specific nature of the issue.
What Are Possible Treatments For Dry Skin?
What Are The Risks If Dry Skin Is Left Untreated?
Are There Other Related Conditions To Dry Skin?
Dry skin can be related to a variety of other conditions, including ichthyosis, eczema, psoriasis, or diabetes.