Thick and Rough Skin
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Yukiko Ueda

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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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

It describes thickening of the skin with an exaggeration of normal skin markings — such as cracks, wrinkles, or scales — that gives the skin rough appearance.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fever

  • Melena (black stools)

  • Edema

  • Jaundice

Possible causes

  • Warts

    Small skin growths caused by viral infections.

  • Urticaria

    An itchy, allergic rash with red bumps, also known as "hives". The causes are broad, ranging from foods and medications to viral infections and bee stings. In most cases, the rash disappears within 24 hours, however medical attention is needed if there is facial swelling or breathlessness.

  • Lichen simplex chronicus

    A skin condition involving chronic and itchy inflammation of the skin caused by repeated scratching and rubbing.

  • Psoriasis (except for pustular psoriasis)
  • Scabies
  • Mixed connective tissue disease
  • Filariasis

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  • Do you have thickened and rough/scaly skin?

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Reviewed By:

Yukiko Ueda

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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