Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Physical exam and medical history

Your doctor is likely to conduct a physical exam and ask about your medical history, including when your dry skin started, what factors make it better or worse, your bathing habits, your diet, and how you care for your skin.

You may have certain diagnostic tests if your doctor suspects that your dry skin is the result of an underlying medical condition, such as an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).

Jan. 28, 2014