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What is thickened and scaly skin?More
MechanismThickened and scaly skin is due to an accelerated replacement of epidermal cells associated to an inflammation. It is characterized mainly by the presence of raised red patches on the skin, which are often itchy and topped with dead skin (scales).Affected areasThe most commonly affected areas are those exposed to friction: elbows and the outer edge of the forearms, knees, lower back, scalp and nails.
Involving environmental factors (stress, emotional trauma, certain medications, hormonal status, sunlight or certain infectious factors) and an excessive immune response in people with a genetic predisposition.