There are several factors that can cause xerosis such as:
- Bathing or showering habitually more than once a day
- Using non-moisturizing soaps
- Not applying lotion to re-moisturize the area
- Using excessively hot water when showering or bathing
By applying a moisture-rich lotion to the area, you should be able to see results fairly quickly.
If you notice the dryness escalating and the skin becomes itchy and scaly, it has progressed to prurtius. Again, this condition is easily treated by re-moisturizing the area with lotion. However, if the condition persists for more than two weeks, this could indicate the presence or a viral or bacterial infection. In this case, you would want to visit your podiatrist to obtain antibiotics to treat the infected area.
Xerosis is a fairly common ailment and shouldn’t create any unnecessary cause for alarm.