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Doctor insights on: Dry Peeling Fingers

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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman Dr. Whitman
Ophthalmology
41 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What causes non-dry skin is peeling on fingers and palms after a sunburn?

What causes non-dry skin is peeling on fingers and palms after a sunburn?

Sun damage: Does not have to be dry to peel. The sun actually blisters up the skin and you slough the outer layer, dry or not.

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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My finger tips are dry and peeling for the last 3 years, what should I do with it?

My finger tips are dry and peeling for the last 3 years, what should I do with it?

Doctor can evaluate: Things that cause blistering on hands or fingers include a type of eczema called dishydrotic eczema, allergic reactions (sometime to unknown substances), chemical irritants (sometimes people don't remember contact with any chemical), reactions to some plants or vegetables, infections (small pimples or abscesses), herpes 1 or 2, burns, etc... A primary care or dermatology doctor can examine hands.

Dr. Christiaan Maurer Dr. Maurer
Internal Medicine
19 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr Dr. O'leary jr
Urgent Care
15 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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The tips of my fingers are peeling but I haven't been using harsh chemicals or been sick recently. Doesn't seem like dry skin. Causes?

The tips of my fingers are peeling but I haven't been using harsh chemicals or been sick recently. Doesn't seem like dry skin. Causes?

See MD: See your dermatologist or urgent care physician. Sometimes contact dermatitis involved with contact with allergens such as nickel can cause peeling skin, as can hand eczema, vitamin deficiencies, and other skin conditions. Washing your hands and immediately applying emollient creams such as Eucerin should help but if there is itching and redness you may need a steroid cream and or taper. Good luck

Dr. David Lemme Dr. Lemme
Family Medicine
31 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Bumps on my finger that itched at first now turned hard and painful (sore) and is dry and peeling, happens frequently comes and goes?

Bumps on my finger that itched at first now turned hard and painful (sore) and is dry and peeling, happens frequently comes and goes?

Possible pomphylox: Small blisters that form along the edges of the fingers or palm (or on the feet) that start as burning bumps, then heal by either rupturing or hardening off are also called dyshidrosis. They are self limited but recur with stress and with irritation of the skin on the hands or feet. Steroid cream may help them heal faster.

Dr. Amy Tezza Dr. Tezza
Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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The skin on my finger tips is peeling off... Starting to move down my fingers and fingernails now. It's real dry and flakey moisturizing d/help.

The skin on my finger tips is peeling off... Starting to move down my fingers and fingernails now. It's real dry and flakey moisturizing d/help.

Eczema: Could be eczema ; you might want to try a cortisone cream. Unfortunately the over the counter ones aren't as effective for eczema in your hands; you might need stronger prescription strength. Also be gentle with your skin; don't expose it to a lot of water; don't wash too often as that can dry the skin and when you do need to wash use a gentle cleanser not antibacterial soaps which can be harsh.

Dr. Michael H. T. Sia Dr. Sia
Pediatrics
27 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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Since I was a kid, I always had the problem that my fingers from my hands tend to get dry and peel and crack, I don't know why and it hurts at times?

Since I was a kid, I always had the problem that my fingers from my hands tend to get dry and peel and crack, I don't know why and it hurts at times?

Could be dishidrosis: Small fluid-filled blisters called vesicles appear on the fingers, hands, and feet. Most common along the edges of the fingers, toes, palms, and soles. These blisters can cause intense itching & scaly patches of skin that flake constantly or become red, cracked, and painful. Scratching leads to skin changes and skin thickening. Large blisters may cause pain. 2 x as common in women vs men.

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Dr. Ellen Turner Dr. Turner
Dermatology
16 years in practice
Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
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My fingers get really dry and start peeling off, and it cracks at times, but I don't get blisters at all, it just happens when its summer and winter?

My fingers get really dry and start peeling off, and it cracks at times, but I don't get blisters at all, it just happens when its summer and winter?

Hand dermatitis: This could be hand dermatitis or dyshidrotic eczema. Hand dermatitis can sometimes be due to allergens that a person comes into contact with, however when it is more seasonal in nature, it is typically due to over-drying and can be treated with ceramide replacements (moisturizers) and topical steroids.

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Dr. Per Freitag Dr. Freitag
Orthopedic Surgery
years in practice
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Sudden dry and peeling skin on the palm side of my fingers, what could this be?

New skin cleanser?: Could be due to exposure to a new skin cleanser. Should return to normal in a few days

Dr. Julie Chao Dr. Chao
Anesthesiology
25 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Itchy, red, dry, peeling of skin between 3rd and 4th finger? What's dg? What's the tretment?

Itchy, red, dry, peeling of skin between 3rd and 4th finger? What's dg? What's the tretment?

Skin itchy: It can be dry skin, or fungal infection. Have your tried any topical ointment? If persist then see your family doctor or a dermatologist.

Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Lynn Greenhouse Dr. Greenhouse
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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My right hand fingers (middle, index) skin are always peeling and dry. It doesn't hurt or anything just sometimes itchy. It's been like this for months. A few days ago I start to notic my thumb tip skin is also peeling and now it left a blister on my t?

Dyshidrotic eczema: Without seeing it you probably have chronic hand eczema. A very common skin problem associated with chronic exposure to certain soaps or other substances or with frequent hand-washing, just to name a few. If you can identify something like that avoid it or use gloves during exposure. Barrier creams can help retain moisture. The treatment of choice is high potency steroids; you may need a script

Dr. MARTIN Girling Dr. Girling
Wound care
32 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Really dry, cracking, peeling skin on and in between toes, also small dry spots on hands and fingers and penis is also dry?

Fungal: Most likely tinea pedis. Athletes feet with what is call I'd reaction on hands. Penis prob not related. Don't use ivory soap it is pure soak and drys skin too much

Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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The skin on some fingers and thumb of my left hand is peeling since a long time. I live in Arizona (dry weather) but I don't have sunburns.

The skin on some fingers and thumb of my left hand is peeling since a long time. I live in Arizona (dry weather) but I don't have sunburns.

Atopic dermatitis: Lichenification (dry, cracking, possibly leathery, hardened, peeling skin) is a common consequence of atopic dermatitis (eczema) and other pruritic (itchy) disorders. It may also arise on seemingly normal skin. Get an eval for your diagnosis and any treatments needed. Good luck.

Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett Dr. Poinsett
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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Dry, cracked, itchy skin between fingers, skin peeling off wrists and arms from itching. Had treatment for scabies and use lotions, both unaffective.

Dry, cracked, itchy skin between fingers, skin peeling off wrists and arms from itching. Had treatment for scabies and use lotions, both unaffective.

Details are everythi: Who said scabies? Distribution and duration of skin symptoms? When treated? How many times? Others also affected? Others treated even if no itch? EXACT details of treatment? If scabies, how did you get it? No answer without these details.

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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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What makes your finger tips peel?

What makes your finger tips peel?

Finger tip peeling: Peeling of finger tips can be caused by allergies, eczema, over washing of hands, to much time in water, chemical irritants, paper products, trauma, rubber products, or any other irritants. Treatment is with topical cortisone like ultravate or vanos. In chronic cases, allergy testing is needed.

Dr. Adam Bodian Dr. Bodian
Dermatology
31 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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How to stop peeling on my fingers?

How to stop peeling on my fingers?

Hydrate: Most peeling is from dehydrated skin or an eczema type of reaction. Both may be easily treated with first drinking plenty of water. Second, every time your hands get wet (shower, wash, etc), while still soaking wet rub in petroleum jelly (vasaline, aquaphor) for 30 seconds then towel dry. This should do the trick.

Dr. Joseph Bark Dr. Bark
Dermatology
45 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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Why are the tips of my fingers peeling?

Why are the tips of my fingers peeling?

Peeling fingertips: There are many causes of desquamation of the fingertips, and you need to see a dermatologist to get these all worked out. Some of them are quite severe and indicate infection by various viruses, eczemas, hormonal problems, etc., so I would not wait. Go see a dermatologist now!

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Is it possible that a fugus caused my fingers to peel?

Is it possible that a fugus caused my fingers to peel?

Finger Peeling: There are many factors, considered to be accountable for peeling of the skin, especially of fingers, such as dehydration, sun exposure, friction/wounds, allergies, infections, medications, to much hand washing, and contrary effects of climate or environment.