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Scales

  • Definition
    • Scales are a visible peeling or flaking of outer skin layers. These layers are called the stratum corneum.

  • Alternative Names
    • Skin flaking

  • Causes
    • Scales may be caused by dry skin, certain inflammatory skin conditions, or infections. Eczema, ringworm, and psoriasis are examples of skin disorders with scales.

  • References
    • High WA, Tomasini CF, Argenziano G, Zalaudek I. Basic principles of dermatology. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, eds. Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 1.