Why are my palms itchy?
Itching is often caused by skin conditions, but may also indicate a more serious underlying problem. The feeling of itching on the hands negatively affects the work life and reduces the quality of life. This article also describes ways to relieve the itching sensation and prevent it from recurring.
According to superstition, it was believed that the itchy palms of the right and left palms symbolized the that a person would give or receive money.
However, there are legitimate medical reasons why a person’s palms start to itch.
– Hand eczema
– Allergic reaction
– Drug reactions
– Nervous disorders
Itching can be annoying no matter where it occurs. This can be particularly irritating to the hands as it can interfere with daily tasks.
The following conditions are among the most common causes of itching of the palms:
According to the National Eczema Association, about 10% of Americans suffer from eczema in their hands.
This non-contagious disease can cause itching of the palms, red skin, tears, dryness and sometimes blisters.
There is one type of hand eczema called dyshidrotic eczema, which causes the person to have small itchy blisters, especially on the hands and sometimes on the feet.
People who suffer the most from hand eczema suffer from certain occupations where their hands are exposed to excessive moisture or corrosive chemicals.
Occupations in the risk group of hand eczema:
– Health care
People with a family history of eczema also have a higher risk of developing this disease.
- Allergic reactions
Itching in the palm is sometimes due to repeated exposure to an irritant or chemical that eventually leads to an allergic reaction. This is called contact dermatitis.
An allergic reaction may occur 48 to 96 hours after exposure to an allergen.
Common allergens or irritants are:
– Metals like rings and other jewelry
– Latex gloves
– Antiseptics or antibacterial substances
– Powder and soil.
– strongly chlorinated water
Repeated exposure may be required before an allergic reaction develops. After a few moments, the body releases histamines that cause itching and irritate the skin.
If a person is diabetic, too much blood sugar can cause dry skin, which also causes itching.
This itchy skin may appear with or without red or flesh-colored bumps on the palms and other parts of the body.
- Drug reactions
If a person has a allergic reaction to a new drug, reactions to histamine in the body can cause itching.
Especially palms can itch in this case, as histamines accumulate in large numbers in the hands and feet.
A person should talk to their doctor before stopping to take a prescription drug, unless the symptoms are severe.
Autoimmune disease, referred to as primary biliary cholangitis or primary biliary cirrhosis (CBP), can cause itching and blemishes on the palms.
CBP affects the bile ducts that connect the liver to the stomach. The bile circulating between these two organs collects in the liver, causing lesions and scars.
In addition to the itching, a person with this disorder may experience the following:
– Spotty palms
– Bone pain
– Dark urine
CBP is more common in women.
A person with CBP may take a prescription medicine called cholestyramine (Questran) to reduce the symptoms of itching.
- Nerve disorders
Sometimes nerve damage to the hands caused by conditions such as diabetes can cause itching.
Other functional disorders of the hand nerves can have similar effects, including carpal tunnel syndrome.
In carpal tunnel syndrome, pressure on the middle nerve of the hand leads to numbness, weakness, itching and pain in the hands. Itching or discomfort usually begins in the palms and usually occurs at night.
If a carpal tunnel syndrome is suspected, a person should consult their doctor. The doctor may recommend avoiding repetitive activities or wearing a wrist splint. In extreme cases, the pressure on the nerves can be reduced by surgical intervention.
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