Scales are a visible peeling or flaking of outer skin layers.
Common Causes Scales may be caused by dry skin, certain inflammatory skin conditions, or infections.
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Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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