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Diagnostic Tests for Dry skin

Diagnostic Test list for Dry skin:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Dry skin includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Note characteristics of dry skin
    • Note presence of other types of skin problems - e.g. cracking, pustules, crusting, vesicles, blisters, plaques - can help determine diagnosis.
    • Note distribution of the areas of skin affected
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count
    • Blood sugar
    • Renal function
    • Electrolytes
    • Thyroid function test
    • Raised Immunoglobulin levels and presence of certain autoantibodies may suggest diagnosis of Sjogren's syndrome e.g. Rheumatoid factor, antinuclear antibodies, antimitochondrial antibodies, Anti-Ro (SSA) antibodies
    • Erythrocyte glutathione reductase activity ( Vitamin B2 status) - not widely available.
    • HIV serology if appropriate
    • If suspect acromegaly, test growth hormone levels, growth hormone suppression tests after glucose load, IGF-1 (insulin growth factor) levels, pituitary function and prolactin levels
  • Skin scraping and microscopic examination - if suspect fungal or scabies infection.
  • Skin patch testing - used to determine allergens in allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Radioallergosorbent testing (RAST) - may help in determining exacerbating allergens in atopic dermatitis (eczema).
  • Punch or shave skin biopsy - can help diagnose cause of dry skin.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Dry skin:

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Conditions listing medical complications: Dry skin:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Dry skin' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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