Thick and Rough Skin

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Yukiko Ueda, MD

Dermatology

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

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

  • 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)

    A skin disease caused by the immune system attacking skin cells, thought to be genetic as well as triggered by other things such as environment, illnesses and stress.

  • Scabies

    A highly contagious disease caused by Scabies mites. It can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, or contact with the clothes/furniture of infected persons.

  • Mixed connective tissue disease
  • Filariasis
  • Tanger disease (familial high-density lipoprotein deficiency)

Related serious diseases

  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome / toxic epidermal necrolysis

    This is a serious condition that affects the skin and mucous membranes. The skin develops rashes, then blisters and peels off - it is potentially life threatening. The cause is not always clear, but may be due to a reaction to medication, or due to an infection. There may also be contributory environmental and/or genetic factors. People with a compromised immune system are at higher risk.

  • Pseudoaleseriosis / Skedosporium disease

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have thickened and rough/scaly skin?

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