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Dry, hard skin on knuckles of middle, small fingers. History of diabetes, high BP. Cure?

Hey, The knuckles of my middle and small finger on both hands, have a hard dry skin . There is no pain or no problems of sort. I have tried softening it applying lotions, keep cleaning it, still of no use. Not sure what the problem is. I am diabetic and have high cholesterol and blood pressure . Please help with the cause and resolution.
Asked On : Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Jul 2012
Hi there Anshul.

The condition you describe is commonly referred to as 'knuckle pads'.\

There can be various causes including frictional or metabolic reasons but most commonly they occur in genetically predisposed individuals or are idiopathic in nature.

Diabetes & high blood pressure do not have a direct role to play.

One may try some emolllients used frequently & topical salicylic acid based creams but will require a prescription & it is perhaps best that one consults with a skin specialist dealing with cosmetology nearest you.

Do hope this helps clear the air for you & the lesions will soon get better if not disappear & you grow comfortable with them. Cheers & Good luck!

Dr Praveen Rodrigues MD
Dermatologist, Cosmetologist, Venereologist
St Martha's Hospital & Vikram Hospital,
Bangalore, India.
Answered: Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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