Dry, Irritated, Red Skin: Around Eyes, Front Of Neck, Inside Of Elbows....

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Asked by TBrooks5789

Dry, Irritated, Red Skin: Around Eyes, Front Of Neck, Inside Of Elbows....

I have a horrible problem with getting severely dry skin around my eyes, on the front of my neck just below my chin, and on the insides of my elbows. It doesn't matter how much lotion I use on those areas; my skin is still dry, flakey, sensitive, and reddened. It also gets so bad that it cracks, and it itches so badly that I often end up with sores from scratching so much. After a bad episode, my eyes always look extremely aged and have bags underneath.

Any advice to what type of condition I could be suffering from? It is local and only affects those specific areas. I haven't been to a doctor, as I have had no health coverage since 2001 and can't afford to make an appointment. This has been going on for at about 8 years. Also, I am a 27 year old male, in case age/sex might help with diagnosis of a problem, and my family medical history includes that my mother has had skin cancer and a brain tumor, and many of her family members have had multiple types of cancers and tumors. My father has a rare kidney disease, polymyositis, and a rare kidney disease. I know that with this type of genetic pattern I am not in the best of luck, as these things are generally genetic. Could my skin affliction be a symbol of an underlying disorder/disease?

Answer

TBrooks5789,

I know it has been a while since you posted, but I wondered if you have found any relief from your symptoms. I am not a doctor and can't diagnose you, but did you ever find a way to meet with a physician? Did your symptoms ever lessen, or did they get worse? Did it turn out to be eczema like another community member suggested?

If you were able to discuss your symptoms with a physician or found some relief, please consider returning to the community and letting us know what you've learned. I'm sure your discoveries could be of great benefit to others on the site!

Best of luck,

James

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