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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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  • More dandruff than before

  • My skin is scaly

  • Even more dandruff now

  • My skin is dry

  • Dandruff got worse

  • Worsening dandruff

  • Dry scaly skin

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About the Symptom

Superficial painless peeling of the skin is called scale. This can be very localized or widespread, and is due to inflammation, trauma, infection and certain genetic conditions.

Possible Causes

Generally, Scaling skin can be related to:

  • Anosacral Cutaneous Amyloidosis

    Anosacral cutaneous amyloidosis is a rare condition that affects the skin from the anus to the sacral region (bottom of the spine). It occurs due to abnormal protein deposits in the skin. The exact cause is unclear, and it is more common among Asians.

  • Keratosis Palmoplantaris

    There are many types of keratosis palmoplantaris, all involving skin thickening, usually on the palms and soles. The condition is harmless and can be inherited or acquired due to health or environmental factors.

  • Erythroderma

    This is a serious and potentially fatal skin condition characterized by inflammation and redness affecting nearly all the body's skin. It can be triggered by various factors, including specific medications and viral infections.

  • Erythrasma
  • Radiation Dermatitis
  • Discoid Lupus Erythematosis
  • Cheilitis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Lymphomatoid Papulosis
  • Pityriasis Versicolor

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you have flaky, scaly skin?

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References

  • Has C. Peeling Skin Disorders: A Paradigm for Skin Desquamation. J Invest Dermatol 2018; 138:1689.

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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