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Doctor insights on: Dry Flaky Skin On Palms Of Hands

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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The skin of my hand is very dry after washing some things using bleach (sodium hypochlorite) even after a few weeks. Will this get better on its own?

The skin of my hand is very dry after washing some things using bleach (sodium hypochlorite) even after a few weeks. Will this get better on its own?

Nutritional approach: Take Vit A & E & omega3 fish oil or cod liver oil. Externally apply plain vaseline or coconut oil. No hot showers, only warm water- minimal soap.