If the feet on your skin is abnormally dry, you may suffer from a condition called xerosis. It is common in older adults, and it can cause discomfort and sometimes lead to skin breaks and cracks. You can treat xerosis with help from a foot doctor, so visit Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM today for help if you live in or around the Sandy area.
Xerosis develops when the skin of the feet loses too much water and oil. When your skin does not have enough moisture, it can become dry and start to crack. This could result in infections developing and could cause serious complications. Vigorous scrubbing, overwashing, central heating, excessive bathing or showering, low humidity levels, and dehydration are all contributing factors that could cause xerosis.
Everyone’s skin gets dry occasionally, but xerosis is unnaturally dry skin and/or dry skin that lasts for a long time. The obvious symptom is that you will notice the skin on your feet is not smooth and moist but is instead brittle, dry, and/or cracking.
When you suffer from xerosis, Dr. Auger will take your medical history and conduct an exam to help you determine why you are experiencing this dry skin on the feet. Dr. Auger may recommend lifestyle changes and can provide oral or topical medications to help treat the moisture problem that is leaving your skin dry. If you have developed an infection or other secondary problems caused by the xerosis, Dr. Auger can also provide treatment for these issues.
You should take action and contact a foot doctor if you have dry skin so you can get help restoring moisture and avoiding complications. Dr. Auger has treated many patients in Sandy. Call Dr. Auger today at (801) 893-9783 to schedule an appointment to get care to help your feet stay healthy.