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When should I see a doctor about my dry, itchy skin?

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If your dry, itchy skin doesn't get better within 2 weeks, call your doctor. In some cases, dry skin and itching can be caused by an allergic reaction or a skin disorder such as eczema or psoriasis, which may require specific treatments.

Severe itching can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition, including liver disease and cancer. That's not likely, but it's something your doctor would check out.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry Skin and Keratosis Pilaris."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Skin Problems: Dry, Itchy Skin." 

Eczema and Sensitive Skin Education: "Guide to Bathing & Moisturizing for Eczema and Sensitive Skin."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Topical Treatments for Psoriasis."

American Cancer Society: "Skin Dryness."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry Skin and Keratosis Pilaris."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Skin Problems: Dry, Itchy Skin." 

Eczema and Sensitive Skin Education: "Guide to Bathing & Moisturizing for Eczema and Sensitive Skin."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Topical Treatments for Psoriasis."

American Cancer Society: "Skin Dryness."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 20, 2019

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