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A 37-year-old female asked:

i often suffer from extremely hot, and very red hands, but it can happen at anytime for no particular reason.do you have any ideas as to why?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Raymauds: Raynaud's phenomenon (rp) is a condition resulting in a particular series of discolorations of the fingers and/or the toes after exposure to changes in temperature (cold or hot) or emotional events. Skin discoloration occurs because an abnormal spasm of the blood vessels causes a diminished blood supply to the local tissues.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Why do I have red hands during the winter months? They are either very cold, which is typical, and occasionally they are very hot. I'm not a diabetic.

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shane Parmer
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Hyperemic Response: In many individuals cold exposure to the hands causes the vessels to dilate and a hyperemic response occurs. The result is usually very warm, very red skin changes. It can be the body’s response to cold where the tissues can become ischemic with build-up of toxins due to the decreased circulation. This response helps wash toxins away and the tissue to recover.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I cure my red hands in winter?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: If it is eczema, use moisturizing ointments multiple times a day on you hands to keep moisture in. Also, steroid creams can help reduce inflammation. The 3 first rules for eczema care per dr. Ronald hanson of phoenix children's hospital (who edits the largest pediatric derm book) are: 1) moisturizing, 2) moisturizing, and 3) moisturizing!
A 31-year-old member asked:

How to cure extremely dry, cracked, peeling, red hands?

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
?allergy: Take a good look at what you are coming in contact with during your day. Obviously avoid anything that irritates your hands. And you always need to wonder if you are allergic to something. You may need to see a dermatologist for allergy patch testing.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What causes blotchy purple and red hands?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Raynaud's phenomenon: Raynaud's phenomenon is a vasospastic disorder causing discoloration of the fingers, toes, and occasionally other areas. Named after french physician maurice raynaud (1834–1881), the phenomenon is believed to be the result of vasospasms that decrease blood supply to the respective regions. Stress and cold are classic triggers.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

Hi I have red hands the last month or so.What might it be?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Need more info: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. Palmer erythema may be due to thyroid hyper-function, mercury poisoning, among other causes, If the symptom persists beyond three weeks, see a doctor. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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