depression guide, depression tips
 
 
 

PMDD

Basics of PMDD

PMDD Medication
PMDD Treatment
Symptoms of PMDD
What is PMDD
 

Psychiatric Disorders

Acute Psychiatric Disorder

Acute Specialist Care
Akinetic Mutism
Aphonia
Arrangements for Early Treatment
Assertive Community Treatment
How many affected persons attend primary care
How Many Affected Persons Seek Help
Identification of Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care
Mutism
Primary Care Team
Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Disorders
Psychiatric Service
Rates of Psychiatric Disorder in the Community
Selective Mutism
Social Psychiatry
Work in Primary Care by the Psychiatric Team
 

Psychotic Disorders

Bipolar Disorder
Brief Psychotic Disorder
Delusional Disorder
Mood Disorder
Psychotic Disorders
Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizophreniform Disorder
Shared Psychotic Disorder
 

Schizophrenia

Catatonic Schizophrenia
Disorganized Schizophrenia
Etiology of Schizophrenia
Hebephrenic Schizophrenia
Paranoia
Paranoid Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia
 

Skin Disorders

Aphthous Ulcers
Athlete's Foot
Atopic Dermatitis
Barnacles of Aging
Bowens Disease
Bullous Pemphigoid
Cholinergic Urticaria
Urticaria Pigmentosa
Xerosis
 

Sleeping Disorders

Aromatherapy for Insomnia
Child Sleeping Disorder
Common Sleeping Disorders
Hypersomnia
Idiopathic Hypersomnia
Parasomnias
Sleeping Disorder
Sleeping Disorder and Dreams
Sleeping Disorder Type
Tempurpedic Mattresses
Types of Dyssomnias
 

Somatoform Disorders

Conversion Disorder
Hypochondriasis
Pain Disorder
Somatization Disorder
Somatoform Disorder
Types of Somatoform Disorder
Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder
 

Trauma Disorders

Depersonalization Disorder
Dissassociative Identity Disorder
Trauma Disorders
 
 
 
Xerosis     

Xerosis is a very common type of skin disorder. Xerosis is a dry skin condition that recurs especially in winter. It can have many different causes, including general dehydration, Vitamin A deficiency, and diabetes. Xerosis is often seen in eczema and atopic dermatitis. In short it can be said that Xerosis is a medical term for dry skin.

Causes

Xerosis is caused by lack of moisture. This is most common during the winter months, when the air is dry. Bathing with hot water, and spending a lot of time in the hot sun, and the skin's natural aging process also remove moisture and oils from the skin leading to Xerosis.

In healthy skin the sebaceous glands release an oily substance called sebum, which keeps the skin moist whereas in dry skin this barrier is no longer intact so the skin suffers from increased moisture loss. Central heating, air conditioning, poor ventilation, chemicals, detergents, soap and solvents can also lead to Xerosis.

Symptoms

Firstly one can diagnose Xerosis by its appearance and some of the main symptoms that can be seen on a person suffering from Xerosis are itching, flaking and fine lines can be seen on the skin. Many people who have diabetes also suffer from Xerosis of the foot and it can lead to many complications such as ulcers, infection and cracks in the skin.

Treatment

The treatment for Xerosis is to return moisture to the skin. You can do this by applying moisturizing oils or lotions, using mild soaps when bathing, and avoiding rubbing the skin dry after a shower or bath. The best time to moisturize the skin is right after a shower when the water helps in trapping the moisture in the skin. You can increase the humidity in your home during the winter months by using a humidifier. Severe xerosis, as in diabetic patients, is treated with a prescription medicated lotion. In some cases, xerosis can cause severe complications in diabetic patients, which may also lead to amputation of the foot.

Xerosis is a skin disorder that can happen to anybody because it is mainly caused due to extremely dry skin. To avoid Xerosis one should always try to take proper care of the skin (specially during winters) by keeping it well moisturized.

 
 

Please add your Tips or Comments Below!

 
 
 

Copyright © 2009 I am in Depression.com - Depression Guide