Scaly skin conditions

Skin diseases that have excessive scale or flaking (papulosquamous disorders) are due to epidermal inflammation or proliferation. We list localised and generalised scaly skin disorders by their duration and body site

Localised scaly rash present for < 6 weeks

Dermatophyte infections








Generalised scaly rash present for <6 weeks with fever

Scarlet fever




Kawasaki syndrome

Exfoliative dermatitis

Generalised scaly rash present for < 6 weeks without fever

Pityriasis rosea

Acute guttate psoriasis

Pityriasiform or lichenoid drug eruption

Localised scaly rash present for > 6 weeks

Seborrhoeic dermatitis


Discoid lupus erythematosus

Pityriasis versicolor

Keratosis pilaris

Annular erythema

Palmoplantar keratoderma

Crusted scabies

Widespread tinea corporis


Chronic plaque psoriasis

Lichen planus

Pityriasis lichenoides

Pityriasis rubra pilaris

Cutaneous T cell lymphoma

Scaly condition by body site

Solitary scaly lesions

Scaly Scalp

Scaly patches on the face

Scaly patches on arms and legs

Scaly skin folds

Scaly patches on the trunk

Scaly patches anywhere or everywhere

Scaly palms and soles

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