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Good evening, I am Dr Elliot and hope that I can help.
Do you develop any rashes over your skin or is it generally dry?
Thanks, ***** ***** Do you find you gain weight easily? or have to work very hard to lose weight?
So one of the main causes of having to work hard to keep weight off and dry skin is hypothyroidism. Therefore I would suggest you arrange some blood tests to check as this is treatable and may resolve these issues. Equally if the test is normal, this does indeed suggest that this is a dermatology problem, and therefore worth considering the cause, could there be a mild type of widespread eczema, psorisis, or even allergy. All three will have different forms of treatment.
Your Gp would be able to arrange a blood test for you and refer you to see a dermatologist if it was then appropriate
Good question, however unfortunately without some blood tests and then looking at your skin, I cannot answer at this point
Okay, it would be worth repeating, comparing two thyroid function levels would be useful to determine if there has been a reduction. However it is worth checking iron, b12, folate among a list of others
It is not as straight forward as making the body produce more. It could be a systemic cause. You can however replace it by using a regular emollient, but this will help your skin, but the same problem will return once you stop
However, please do moisturise regularly to help prevent damage to your skin
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I would check that you are not anaemic and that your iron is normal. This is unlikely to be due to not being conditioned (physically) if you are exercising regularly. If the blood test is normal, then I would suggest investigating asthma. Does the inhaler help at all?