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Doctor insights on: Extremely Dry Skin On Palms Of Hands

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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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Dry Skin (Definition)

Skin lacking adequate moisture feels tight and uncomfortable. This can result from impaired lipid production within the skin leading to water loss. Patients with eczema are prone to dry skin. Other possible causes include low environmental humidity, excessive use of soap, or internal causes such as hypothyroidism. Application of moisturizing cream or ointment immediately ...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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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
Once
Use mild soap when washing the skin
Once
Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
Once
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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 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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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Drink lots of water
Once
Eat healthy fats such as olive oil and omega 3's
Once
Moisturize immediately after your shower while your skin is damp
Once
Avoid showering with overly hot water
Once
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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.

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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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use a gentle cleanser or shower gel with moisturizer
Daily
Moisturize while your skin is still wet after showering
Daily
Plug in a humidifier at home to help keep skin hydrated during winter
once
Drink plenty of water
Daily
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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, 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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