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A 19-year-old female asked:

what could cause burning inside the top of my hands off and on that leaves redness?

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Dr. Michael Sokol
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Likely dermatitis: This sounds like a contact dermatitis from a substance you're coming in contact with like a hand cream or soap or a set of gloves you are using. See your doctor or a dermatologist.
Dr. Jerome Zacks
Cardiology 51 years experience
Possible allergy: Sometimes, one reacts to substances one comes into contact with during the normal course of the day, such as a soap or detergent. Such a skin reaction is termed a "contact dermatitis". If this seems a possibility in your case, try avoiding the offending substance or try using rubber gloves with a cotton inner lining. If it persists, see your dermatologist.

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My hands arealways cold & now my knuckles are blue, what does this mean? Do I have to go to the hospital? Almost always cold

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Always : Always to most people mean that is something that has been going on for a long time. If that is the case then you may not need to rush to the hospital if always means that all of a sudden it happened and now its there all the time then you should call your pcp or see someone. There are many reason for cold hands and purple knuckles. The purplish cast of the knuckels sugggest a disturbance in circulation. What causes the circulation disturbance well thats what you want to find out. The list ranges from chronic circualtin issues due to smoking, atheroscleosis, or hardening of the arteries, hormonal or endocrine problems including diabetes, or thyroid didease. Arthritis, inflammatory disorders, neurological problems, medication, or just beng someone who tend to have cold hand and feet. The key thing is to have your general health checked out to rule out other issues but if it is new and sudden then gat to see a medical provider soon.
A 49-year-old female asked:

Could RA be from years and years of overworked hands and if so why wouldnt workers comp cover it? I can't afford health ins. But everyone including me says I have RA workers comp would only cover a month of antiinfammatory meds. But they say I have to pay

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Dr. Gary Sterba
Rheumatology 47 years experience
Rheumatoid : Rheumatoid arthrtis is a disease that has to full fill a number of criteria to be diagnosed and even then it may be difficult to diagnose , you can see the criteria in the link , but you also have to have some trainning to identify correcty that the symptoms and signs of the disease are the correct ones . Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease , meaning that the body will react against it self , and its joint causing destruction , this is not because of over work this is a disease that behaves in this way. You need to clarify what is your diagnosis and what treatment you need . Workman comp is someting else , and it also needs to be taken care maybe by a different route.
A member asked:

What can I use for bad chapped hands?

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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Lotions: You could use over the counter lotions. A topical steroid cream may help as well. You may want to limit hand-washing as well if safe to do so.
A 62-year-old male asked:

What does it mean if both of your hands constantly go numb?

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Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Nerve compression: Numbness is typically an indication that you may have a nerve entrapment syndrome such as carpal tunnel syndrome which is a nerve compression in the wrist or possibly cubital tunnel syndrome which has a compression at the elbow. Evaluation by a hand surgeon and nerve conduction studies can help identify the source and proper treatment options.
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A 22-year-old male asked:

Why do I sweat on my hands?

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Dr. Imad Khreim
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Multiple: Multiple reasons can be behind that, more commonly anxiety and occasionally a disruption of the sympathetic innervation . Best if you see your physician so he can evaluate the condition and decide what is the underlying cause and consequently the proper treatment for it.

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