Dry skin is a pesky irritation that, for many, signals winter is well under way.
But Dr. Vicki Whitacre of the Zanesville- Muskingum County Health Department said it can also make you sick.
"You want to avoid a lot of cracking," she said. "You can get an infections and get into real problems with infection in your skin if you don't take care of it."
During cold and flu season continous washing of hands or using hand sanitizer can also dry out hands.
"that successive exposure to the water and along with the soap it does dry it out," she said. "People forget to wear gloves and to cover their skin as much as possible. You need a little chapstick because your lips tend to dry out."
Dr. Whitacre said to make sure you protect exposed skin while outdoors and wear sunscreen.
Drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy diet to keep skin hydrated.