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What Causes Hands To Peel
My husband is convinced that HCl causes his hands to break out, itch and then peel. Is that possible?
Absolutely: Hcl is the chemical symbol for hydrochloric acid...A very powerful oxidizing agent. It can cause serious chemical burns or sloughing of skin. ...Read more
Hand Eczema: Dishpan hands” are actually a form of hand eczema. It occurs because constant wetting and drying breaks down the skin’s protective outer barrier. Perfumes and preservatives in soaps and irritants in household cleansers can make things worse. If you already have hand eczema or are recovering from an episode, you need to avoid wetting your hands whenever possible. ...Read more
Probably not.: Unless there were dozens of insect bites located specifically on the hands and feet, it would be very unusual for a typical insect bite to trigger the hands and feet to peel. More likely is post-streptococcal infection or something called "hand-foot-mouth disease". Dyshidrosis is a skin condition that can cause peeling of hands and feet--typically associated with sweaty palms and feet that itch. ...Read more
If you had scarlet fever as a child can peeling hands many years later be caused by having had scarlet fever?
Not the cause...: Although after having Scarlet Fever you can get peeling (desquamation) of the skin on the hands/feet, this occurs towards the end of the acute illness. Years later, the cause is likely dry skin or another completely unrelated issue. The strep infection from years ago is not to blame. ...Read more
Yes: Oddly enough some people are allergic to cortisone. Stop offending agent and call your doctor. ...Read more
My son's palms of hands and soles of feet are peeling. No itching or redness. This has occurred several times. What causes this?
Hello docs! Can you tell me what could cause an 8 year old to have facial tics, nose flaring, etc. And skin peeling on hands?
Can peeling an orange, getting juice on hands, cause itching and burning? No redness on skin or visible rash.
Dry skin: Your hands must be dry and small cracks can burn and sting upon contact with acidic juice. Moisturize your hands. ...Read more
Could an allergy to antibotocs cause itchy rash on palms hands skin peel off not sure if let skin come off or moisturise?
Possible: It is possible. The only cure is avoid it. If it persist you need to see a doctor find out other causes. ...Read more
Can cold weather cause the skin on hands to peel/break/sting and sometimes bleed? Does it also make bruises heal slower?
Stop using it: Why were you applying this medication? It causes thinning skin and other problems. See your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
What can be the cause of skin peeling from palm of hand at base of thumb, also have skin peeling in arch of foot.
Severe dry and peeling skin over hand and thumb from having cast for 8 weeks. Can I use a moisturizer or will I cause an infection?
Toddler red peeling hands and feet (2 weeks) doctor says caused by Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) but says can't do anything about it. Is that correct? We just wait? She ok?
Is it possible to have a bacterial infection on your feet and hands that cause itching peeling fissures and cracked skin?
See family doctor if needed he may refer to Dermatologist.
SKIN DOCTOR. ...Read more
My fingers are peeling and itchy. No bumps, no red lesions, no fluid filled vesicles. My fingers are just plainly peeling and itchy (palm side).Cause?
My skin is peeling off b/w by thumb & index finger. It was diagonised as a simple fungal infection but the medication is not working. Cause please.
Skin peeling: Could be fungal versus dermatitis (allergic) vs eczema Some cremes (lotrisone (clotrimazole and betamethasone) in US) contain anti-fungal and steroid which would treat both issues. Also check what your hands are in contact with if caustic chemicals may be contact dermatitis and need the steroids, lotion and gloves as well to protect. Rarely psoriasis (should respond to steroid a bit) f/u with doc ...Read more
Many Possibilities: Hand peeling can be caused by several different conditions, from fungal infection to eczema to calluses or warts. If it is the whole hand, it definitely needs to be checked out by a physician (primary care or dermatology). If it's a small area, you can try a moisturizing lotion or even a small amount of Hydrocortisone cream. If that makes it worse, see a doctor. ...Read more
Sweat problem: Sometimes hands will peel as a result of a sweet gland problem called dishydrosis. If the fingertips alone are peeling, that is common with strep throat and it is recommended to be tested for strep. Sometimes contact dermatitis (touching something one is allergic to) can lead to peeling. This question is best helped with a visit to be properly evaluated. ...Read more
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