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Peeling skin on the palm

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Hello,
I have a bizarre problem of peeling of skin on my palms. It happens just after winter ends and summer sets in. I have been noticing this every year during the months of March. Hope I get the cause and remedy for this problem in this forum. I have attached a photo as well.
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Hello,
Various possibilities such symptoms 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 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. During the day, hydrate and protect hands from sun damage and sunspots with a protective and moisturizing cream. At night, repair them with creams formulated from glycolic acid—a must for improving skin texture and tone. For a more intensive nighttime treatment, apply cream and then cover hands with gloves or socks.

If still the symptoms do not improve then pls get a clinical examination done by a dermatologist. Fungal infections have to be ruled out then.

Hope it helps. Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries.Kind regards.



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Hello Kindd, you are so kind. Thanks for taking time and posting that reply. I will sure follow your advise and keep you posted on the improvement. Kind regards. bpsrini
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I've had this condition for 15 years now.  It happens every year X2 like clockwork.  The cycle has just begun again.  Every year I look online to see if there is a cure / treatment and every year there isn't.  This looks horrible (especially if you have to show your hands or shake someones hand) and for me is extremely itchy and painful.  My dermatologist says "when they are moist dry them and when they are dry moisten them"  that's all he offered.  
Good luck with this people.  
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Vitamin E oil does wonders. Grab a bottle from a local health foods store, and apply it where your skin is peeling.... Leave it on for 25-30 minutes, gently massaging once in a while, then wipe off excess with a towel and put on a gentle, unscented lotion. -OR- put it on before bed, and keep it on, wearing gloves to bed.
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Vitamin E oil does wonders. Grab a bottle from a local health foods store, and apply it where your skin is peeling.... Leave it on for 25-30 minutes, gently massaging once in a while, then wipe off excess with a towel and put on a gentle, unscented lotion. -OR- put it on before bed, and keep it on, wearing gloves to bed.
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My hands look a LOT like the picture in this thread.  For the past 10 years they have peeled in cycles.  It takes about a month because after one spot peels, it spreads and large areas of my palms are regenerated.  Finger pads especially.  There can be anywhere from 2 months to 12 months between cycles.  Shedding is prone to happen if I've had sweaty palms for hours or days at a time (stress), dry weather, hot tubs and swimming pools

Untold hours of Googling and reading forums... the past 10 years.  I swear this condition changed me socially because I was conscious of my palms shedding.  It started when I was 14, probably from the stress of starting high school.  I would avoid holding hands with girls and became all aloof and idealistic to make up for the fact I wasn't getting poon i knew I potentially had in the bag, because I'm a reasonably attractive dude.

Anyway I finally found the NAME of the condition.  Trying to get the word out for anybody who, like me, always pays with a credit card instead of cash so that I don't have to expose my palm to accept change.

http://healthh.com/exfoliative-keratolysis/

exfoliative keratolysis

Best remedy is lactic acid and urea.  For example Wal-Mart and Rite Aid carry Amlactin.  Strange smell, but it helps!!
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I'm glad I've met someone with my exact same problem. I thought I was the only one in the world. lol. The only difference is mine starts in December and ends around February-march
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Hello, I'm Nigerian and I have the same problem. Mine usually starts at the end of December and lasts through January. I thought I was the only one who had it but it seems I'm not alone. This is probably the 4th or 5th year its happening and I hope I someday outgrow it or find a cure. It's very uncomfortable.
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No Chibuikem, you won't outgrow it. I am Nigerian too, over 60 and mine come just about the same time, late December till about February, give and take one or two weeks. And its been on over 40 years. Two/three years now it has been almost non existent or very mild and I thought it was gone. This year however it is back with a vengeance which made me Google it. Mine however does not itch nor is it painful; just peels off and gets rough when dry. Made me stop shaking hands when the condition starts. I will try remedies stated above and see if it helps. I have learned to simply live with it and use Vaseline regularly. Not sure there is much more you can do about it.
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