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What causes peeling off of skin on palms?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: Hi there, I have had very sore peeling hands for the last couple of weeks. Sometimes this flares up on me but never as bad as right now. I am using hydrocortisone 1% daily for the last week or more plus an emollient which was recommended by my pharmacist over the last 5 days. My hands do not seem to be clearing up at all though and look terrible and really dry. I've also used some oils on them to try to keep them moist
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Answered by Dr. Johny Chacko (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please provide more history

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome to healthcare magic.

I understand from your query that you are having peeling off of your skin on your palms.

With your history in mind, I would consider the possibilities of entities called " Recurrent focal palmar peeling", " Pompholyx" , " Lichen planus " and " Tinea manum".

Could you provide me a few more details so that I can assess better?

1. Is this problem recurrent or is this the 1 st time you have had this? By recurrent, I mean to say that the hands become completely normal and starts peeling again after a few months. If recurrent, is it seasonal?

2. Do you handle any chemicals/ caustics/ do gardening?

3. Does it itch?

4. Do you notice any blisters before the peeling begins?

5. Do you have any peeling on your soles as well?

You have a feature to upload the images by yourself at the right side of the query page, please utilize that so that I can answer your query better. You can also send the image as attachment to YYYY@YYYY , with the subject as 'Attn: Dr. Johny Chacko'.

Please revert back with the additional history and clear clinical pictures.

Regards,
Dr. Johny Chacko
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What causes peeling off of skin on palms?

Brief Answer: Please provide more history Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome to healthcare magic. I understand from your query that you are having peeling off of your skin on your palms. With your history in mind, I would consider the possibilities of entities called " Recurrent focal palmar peeling", " Pompholyx" , " Lichen planus " and " Tinea manum". Could you provide me a few more details so that I can assess better? 1. Is this problem recurrent or is this the 1 st time you have had this? By recurrent, I mean to say that the hands become completely normal and starts peeling again after a few months. If recurrent, is it seasonal? 2. Do you handle any chemicals/ caustics/ do gardening? 3. Does it itch? 4. Do you notice any blisters before the peeling begins? 5. Do you have any peeling on your soles as well? You have a feature to upload the images by yourself at the right side of the query page, please utilize that so that I can answer your query better. You can also send the image as attachment to YYYY@YYYY , with the subject as 'Attn: Dr. Johny Chacko'. Please revert back with the additional history and clear clinical pictures. Regards, Dr. Johny Chacko