Non-Scalp Scaly/Flaky Skin

What Causes Scaly/Flaky Skin?

Scaly/flaky skin can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose scaly/flaky skin, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "scaly/flaky skin" as a symptom.  For example, hypothyroidism.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
short-term memory failure
yellow/yellowish fingernails
hyperthyroidism in family members
major swelling at front of neck
brittle fingernails
moderate unexplained weight gain
mildly elevated TSH
fatigue for over 3 months
having low-normal TT4 level
much reduced sense of smell
T3-only thyroid hormone use
elevated basophil count
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of scaly/flaky skin.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Skin-Related Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about non-scalp scaly/flaky skin:
Is your skin scaly or flaky in areas other than the top of your head (scalp)?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Definitely not
→ Yes, somewhat
→ Yes, significantly
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either not having scaly/flaky skin or having non-scalp scaly/flaky skin, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Hypothyroidism.  Hypothyroidism can manifest as dry and/or scaly/flaky skin.
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