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Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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  • Dry skin because of winter

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Content updated on Dec 10, 2023

About the symptom

Skin dryness occurs when the skin loses moisture and hydration. It can lead to skin scaling, itching, cracking and redness.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Facial edema

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Lower leg edema

  • Edema

  • Recent weight loss

  • Altered mental status (delirium)

Possible causes

  • Psoriasis (except for pustular psoriasis)

    A skin disease caused by the immune system attacking the skin cells, which leads to red-brown reas of thickened skin with a silvery scale. It is thought to have some genetic predisposition and then triggered by factors such as environment, infections, and stress. Rarely it can be due to medications.

  • Asteatotic eczema

    Rashes caused by extremely dry, unmoisturized skin. This is common in dry weather, like winter, and in older people because the number of oil pores decreases with age.

  • Atopic dermatitis

    Allergic rashes. Risk factors include genetics, other allergic diseases, new skin products, and allergic foods. Childhood eczema cases can resolve by adulthood, but it can also occur in adults.

  • Pruritus
  • Menopausal syndrome
  • Anorexia nervosa / bulimia nervosa
  • Palmoplantar pustulosis
  • Hypothyroidism

Related serious diseases

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)

    A diabetes complication where the body can't use sugar properly, often due to a lack of insulin hormone. Immediate medical attention and hospitalization are necessary.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Is your skin dry?

  • Does your dry skin worsen or crack during winter?

  • Is your skin itchy?

  • Do you feel any pain or tingling in the affected skin areas?

  • Do you have a fever?

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References

  • Gade A, Matin T, Rubenstein R. Xeroderma. [Updated 2023 Oct 29]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK565884/

Reviewed By:

Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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