If untreated, dry skin can sometimes lead to dermatitis, which causes swelling, and infection. Use creams and soaps with moisturizers to keep skin soft. Apply them when the skin is damp. Avoid those with alcohol or perfumes. Also keep away from taking long, hot baths during the winter months.
While patches of dry skin can appear anywhere, it's most common on the arms, hands, lower legs, and abdomen. Also, skin in the joint areas can become red and flaky...Make sure to check these areas and keep them moist. If they become seriously inflamed, it's best to see your doctor.