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Peeling, Cracking skin on fingertips

A friend has developed thickened skin on his fingertips, which progresses to the skin peeling and deeps cracks developing on the tips of his fingers only.  He has seen a dermatologist and they have prescribed several creams and he received a steroid injection approximately one month ago.  The condition improved for a time but is now worsening again.  He has been told that it is a type of eczema but it is not improving and is wondering if it could be due to an allergy.  He uses a computer quite a bit but also some manual repair.  Has anyone experienced a similar condition?
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Hello,

Various possibilities for peeling fingertips are trauma and allergic or irritant contact dermatitis like washing dishes without wearing gloves,contact with harsh detergents,soaps and lotions that contain perfume can cause hands and fingertips to become irritated and peel.Sometimes cold, dry air can cause  peeling and dermatitis or fungal infections can also cause peeling. In your case I feel that it can be due to eczema or contact dermatitis.

Wash the areas several times with fresh water. Do not use any cosmetic products at the sites.You can apply some calamine lotion at the rash as it will help in soothing the skin. For mild-moderate symptoms a weak steroid may be used (e.g. hydrocortisone as dermacort), whilst more severe cases require a higher-potency steroid (e.g. clobetasol propionate, fluocinonide).

Symptoms can be exacerbated by dryness of the skin. Use good quality moisturizers to prevent moisture loss from the skin.

If still the symptoms do not improve then pls get a clinical examination done by a dermatologist.

I hope that helps.Kind regards.

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