Asteatotic eczema

Also known as eczema craquel.

An inflammatory dermatosis that arises on xerotic skin.

Occurs primarily in the winter and is seen most frequently in elderly patients with xerosis.

Associated with diuretics that promote the development of asteatotic eczema.

Usually occurs on the anterolateral aspect of the lower legs.

The skin becomes dry and scaly, then red plaques develop from scratching.

Treatment is similar to that of xerosis.

Use of topical corticosteroids and topical lactic acid 12% cream or lotion are beneficial.

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