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What does it mean when your hands peel?
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Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gerry Tolbert
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
In brief: Peeling hands
Although exfoliative keratolysis, psoriasis, hand dermatitis, tinea manuum and psoriasis are the major causes for peeling of the skin on hands, there are numerous other reasons that can be at fault.
Any type of allergy, rash, fungus, medication or irritations can cause skin peeling in some people. Additionally, sun burns, dry skin and excessive perspiring can cause skin peeling on the hands.

In brief: Peeling hands
Although exfoliative keratolysis, psoriasis, hand dermatitis, tinea manuum and psoriasis are the major causes for peeling of the skin on hands, there are numerous other reasons that can be at fault.
Any type of allergy, rash, fungus, medication or irritations can cause skin peeling in some people. Additionally, sun burns, dry skin and excessive perspiring can cause skin peeling on the hands.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology
In brief: PEELING PALMS
Peeling palms (keratolysis exfoliative) is a very common harmless condition.
It occurs in many people in the springtime. It is thought to be a symptom of a cold or upper respiratory infection, although not all doctors believe in this theory. Any topical cream like aquaphor healing ointment, cetaphil cream can be used to mask the peeling. Not to worry!

In brief: PEELING PALMS
Peeling palms (keratolysis exfoliative) is a very common harmless condition.
It occurs in many people in the springtime. It is thought to be a symptom of a cold or upper respiratory infection, although not all doctors believe in this theory. Any topical cream like aquaphor healing ointment, cetaphil cream can be used to mask the peeling. Not to worry!
Dr. Jerome Litt
Dr. Jerome Litt
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