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Xeroderma Information

Winter itch affects men and women of all ages.Xeroderma (from the Greek words for "dry skin"), a common condition often leading to winter itch, occurs when moisture levels in the outer layer of the skin are low. Moisturizers and emollients are frequently uses as a palliative treatment. Xeroderma is most common on the lower legs and thighs, the abdomen, arms and scalp. Itching, scaling and peeling of the outer skin layer, and cracks in the skin are symptoms.

Common Causes of Xeroderma

Like winter itch, xeroderma is a very common condition. It happens most often in the winter months (both northern and southern hemispheres) because cold air contains only a small amount of moisture, and when heated has a low relative humidity. This low relative humidity causes the skin to lose moisture, which leads to itching, cracking and peeling. Xeroderma is made worse by frequent bathing or showering, particularly if harsh soaps are used.

A variety of other factors can also cause xeroderma and winter itch, including a deficiency of vitamin A, vitamin D, some illnesses, extreme overexposure or underexposure to sunlight, and some medications.



Effective treatments do exist for winter itch.