question-icon

What causes erythema of the palms?

default
Posted on Mon, 19 May 2014
Question: Thank you Doctor.
For the past several months, (4) I have noted that on both palms of my hands, there is a silver dollar size of mildly pink and a bit dry area....No itching per se.
Have used 1% over the counter hydrocortisone cream and try and lotion my hands frequently.
Just wondering what prompted this issue...
Thanks, XXXXXXX
doctor
Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
photograph required

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Erythema of palms is usually seen in liver disorders. Can you please upload a photograph of your palms.
This will help me in giving a closer diagnosis.
There is an option to upload photographs on right side of query page.
Please utilize that.

Awaiting your response.

Thank you
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
doctor
default
Follow up: Dr. Rahul Kumar (20 hours later)
Dr. XXXXXXX ..
I am not that savvy to upload pics.
Yes, liver issues are the probable cause...(wine).... Not good, I know.
The erythema is unnoticeable to anyone but myself. A good lotion hydrates and helps.
OK, so why the palms of one's hands? Interesting.
Thanks, XXXXXXX
doctor
Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar (26 hours later)
Brief Answer:
get liver functions test

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX
In liver disorder, there occurs hormonal imbalance.
Liver metabolizes many hormones, in particular estrogen.
When the levels of this hormone increase in blood, it causes vascular dilation.
As palms are very vascular, the erythema is first noticed on these.
Please get liver function tests done.
Thank you
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Shanthi.E
doctor
default
Follow up: Dr. Rahul Kumar (2 days later)
Thank you very much, will do the liver function test.
doctor
Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar (23 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Welcome

Detailed Answer:
You are most welcome.
Please let me know the results.
Thank you
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
doctor
Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Rahul Kumar

Dermatologist

Practicing since :2010

Answered : 6303 Questions

premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
What causes erythema of the palms?

Brief Answer: photograph required Detailed Answer: Hello, Erythema of palms is usually seen in liver disorders. Can you please upload a photograph of your palms. This will help me in giving a closer diagnosis. There is an option to upload photographs on right side of query page. Please utilize that. Awaiting your response. Thank you