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Doctor insights on: Dry Flaky Skin On Palms Of Hands

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Flaky Skin (Definition)

Skin is the outermost tissue covering the body. Flaky skin can break off in thin, ...Read more


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What could cause dry skin on the palm of one's hands?

What could cause dry skin on the palm of one's hands?

One idea. ..: I've learned I can't second-guess rashes without seeing them in person, but read about dishydrotic eczema / pompholyx and see whether you might not have this. Just my thought. ...Read more

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I have a skin blemish on the palm of my hand. Started out 1/4 of the size but has grown in the last 2-3 months. No pain or itching. Dry dead skin.?

I have a skin blemish on the palm of my hand. Started out 1/4 of the size but has grown in the last 2-3 months. No pain or itching. Dry dead skin.?

Needs medical check: Depending on its color, it may be an infection or melanoma (if it is brown or black). You should seek medical check up for diagnosis and treatment. Such lesions can sometimes be dangerous to leave them alone. Goof luck ...Read more

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Sometimes get really itchy palms on both hands but not red and not always dry skin. What can it be?

Sometimes get really itchy palms on both hands but not red and not always dry skin. What can it be?

See details: If you believe the folklore it means you are going to come into money. Could it be related to anxiety? ...Read more

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What is this? Flaky skin, I have had it for years on one foot and now my hands have it, it only gets itchy if my body gets really hot. I have pictures

What is this? Flaky skin, I have had it for years on one foot and now my hands have it, it only gets itchy if my body gets really hot. I have pictures

Eczema: Flaky itchy skin is often due to overgrowth of skin cells and is often called eczema. There are genetic and environmental factors (such as temperature, humidity, chemical stress, picking at it, etc) and people with the tendency often go through periods of clear skin and periods of symptoms. Sometimes opportunistic fungi or bacteria make things worse. Your practitioner may recommend treatment. ...Read more

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Often, palms/hands & soles/feet itch after shower (sometimes maddeningly)No new soaps, meds, etc. Skin isn't dry. Hydroxyzine doesn't help. What causes this?

Often, palms/hands & soles/feet itch after shower (sometimes maddeningly)No new soaps, meds, etc. Skin isn't dry. Hydroxyzine doesn't help. What causes this?

Dyshydrosis: Evaporation of water from skin of palms and feet results in comparative dryness compared to environment. This causes loss of energy from the surface and irritation of nerves. Application of Vaseline ointment generously before and after bath may provide relief. ...Read more

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I have a rash on the palms of my hands for about 9 months now. It feels like something eating my skin and leaves them cracked sore and dry.?

I have a rash on the palms of my hands for about 9 months now. It feels like something eating my skin and leaves them cracked sore and dry.?

Dermatologist helps: Dry, cracked skin on the palms can be eczema or an allergy to something (gloves, tools, creams, etc.), plus maybe yeast or fungus growth in addition to eczema. The over-the-counter Hydrocortisone is usually not strong enough for palm eczema, since the palm is thicker skin. A patient can see a primary care doctor for treatment, though the doctor may the patient refer to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Small red dot rash, itchy, dry skin on top all over body! Nothing on palms of hands or soles of feet? What is it? Help!

Small red dot rash, itchy, dry skin on top all over body! Nothing on palms of hands or soles of feet? What is it? Help!

Need an exam: Rash would need an exam. But can be viral if red small dot on the palms or soles, but hard to tell from your description. Have a doc take a look. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has had wrinkly palms of hand and fingers for a week. Not dry skin. Lotion doesn't help. Should be see a doc?

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My 4 year old has had wrinkly palms of hand and fingers for a week. Not dry skin. Lotion doesn't help. Should be see a doc?

Wrinkly palms.: Some possibilities are excess exposure to water, some antibiotics, or genetic. Recommend consultation with the Pediatrician. ...Read more

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Skin is dry in the legs & arms. Also right hand palm got dry & developed scales as started dishwash recently. Now using vaseline jelly in the free times?

Skin is dry in the legs & arms. Also right hand palm got dry & developed scales as started dishwash recently. Now using vaseline jelly in the free times?

Eczema or allergy: Eczema is a dry skin condition that can occur anywhere on the body but especially the hands from overwashing. Use protective gloves when doing housework and avoid using drying soaps. Use moisturizing soaps without fragrance such as aveeno, (oatmeal) cetaphil, cerave, dove, neutrogena. Moisturize with creams frequently especially after bathing, showering and washing hands. Vaseline and aquaphor are good. ...Read more

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Dry skin all over my hand. What could be the problem?

Dry skin all over my hand. What could be the problem?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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My skin of hand is become dry and having cuts and redish?

My skin of hand is become dry and having cuts and redish?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot! Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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My right hand has a dry spot im guessing on it. My skin feels different in that area.

Could be eczema: If it's red and flaky, it could be eczema. Eczema is characterized by dry, itchy, flaky skin - typically found in patches, often on the arms (at bend of elbow) or behind knees, but can also be found on the face, hands or feet - anywhere that is exposed to irritants like soaps or other chemicals. Other reasons for the dry area could be fungal infection, psoriasis, or other irritation in that area. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is getting dry skin patches that are very red on his hand. What could this be from?

Eczema: There are a few considerations, but eczema would be one that is fairly common. Dry skin itself is also common and can sometimes cause dry patches. Try using a non-perfumed cream or ointment right after showering while the skin is still damp, as well as 2-3 other times a day. If still a problem he should see his doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I have darker, dry skin on my hand? It's only in certain areas and only on my right hand.

Moisturize: There are many reasons for patches of dry and dark skin on your hands - it could be just dry skin that is darkened by the sun, it could be atopic dermatitis (which is just irritated skin from being so dry), it could even be a mild fungal irritation. First thing to try is gentle moisturizers and sunscreen! ...Read more

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Can hand sanitizer make dry skin?

Can hand sanitizer make dry skin?

Yes: Most hand sanitiziers have alcohol in them which can dry out your hands, make sure to find one without it in the ingredients. ...Read more

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How can I tell what cream is best for dry skin on feet and hand?

How can I tell what cream is best for dry skin on feet and hand?

DRY SKIN FEET & HAND: Try them all. Eucerin, neutrogena, aveeno, (oatmeal) cerave, curel, and a dozen other companies make them there is no best. Everyone is different. What's good for you may not be good for your friends. Good luck! ...Read more

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My hand and leg is itching very much from last one week. I don't have dry skin. I m not able to control any more. Plz help me what's going on?

My hand and leg is itching very much from last one week. I don't have dry skin. I m not able to control any more. Plz help me what's going on?

Difficult to dx: Itching without seeing the skin. Is there a rash? Taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth may help with itching if it is due to an allergic reaction, but may not solve the problem. Be careful, benadryl (diphenhydramine) may cause drowsiness. Consider an virtual visit or inbox consult with a picture to help with diagnosis and/or recommendations. ...Read more

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Cleaning my house and some pine sol got on my fingers after an hour I forgot to clean my hand it was dry. I bit some skin off can I be harmed by this?

Cleaning my house and some pine sol got on my fingers after an hour I forgot to clean my hand it was dry. I bit some skin off can I be harmed by this?

No: A tiny amount of basically soap dried on your hand and possible ingested an hour later will do no harm. More harm form a dirty house! ...Read more

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Iv been washing my hands to much and noticed my skin was dry, burning and broke open skin I'm sceared that all my hand washing will harm my unbornbaby?

Don't fret.: It will be alright. Be kind to your hands. Use a gentle soap. Use a moisturizer so that your skin doesn't dry out so much and crack. Congratulations. Be well. ...Read more

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My husband has only one hand with severe dry cracked skin and nails are dry and fungal?

Contact dermatitis?: If he is using that hand for routine work and coming in contact with something he is allergic to he can get skin inflammtion and irritation.
Try to avoid direct contact with some thing that is irritant, e.g. If detergent than wear Gloves, If gloves are the culprit than use Latex free glove.
Try OTC Hydrocortisone cream fo 3 days. If not better or getting worse, please see your doctor for propei ...Read more

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Skin in backside of hand is dry and seems like I have cuts without even knowing it, is it cold weather?

Patch test: In addition to barrier repair creams which seal tecracks in the skin, the additional of essential fatt acids to the diet such as flaxseeds, evening primrose oil, or boar oil can e helpful. A chronic hand problem can also represent a contact dermatitis, sensitivity to chemicals you touch. Patch testing can determine if there is an allergic component. ...Read more

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Is dry skin a possible route for HIV transmission from infected blood on a object to dry skin on a persons hand?

Is dry skin a possible route for HIV transmission from infected blood on a object to dry skin on a persons hand?

Only if a cut: In general, contact via skin with HIV+ blood or fluids is relatively lower risk if the skin is intact, whether dry or not. However, as dry skin has the possibility of having more microscopic wounds than other healthier skin, the HIV could have an easier portal of entry. If you are worried you contracted HIV you should go to your doctor for testing and post-exposure medications immediately. ...Read more

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Possible infection from dog saliva onto broken dry skin on my hand. Will watch for symptoms. Can I pass p. Multocida infection onto others?

Possible infection from dog saliva onto broken dry skin on my hand. Will watch for symptoms. Can I pass p. Multocida infection onto others?

If it was: Your dog or a domesticated neighbors' dog with current vaccinations... And you have no particular reason to suspect the animal was rabid...And you are in good health, not on immune suppressants or receiving cancer chemotherapy...And you washed the area within a reasonable time, then you may be over-reacting a bit. ...Read more