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5 Potential Hand Itch Causes

  1. 1.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    This is a long-term, recurring condition but symptoms are manageable with care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Hand

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hand itch, hand redness, scabbed area of the hand
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the hand:
    hand redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Allergic Reaction to Poison Ivy / Oak / Sumac

    Plants of the Toxicodendron genus are found throughout the continental United States, and exposure to these plants is a leading cause of contact dermititis, a medical term used to describe irritation and itching of the skin.

    With treatment, symptoms should resolve from a few days to two weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash, itchy rash, red rash, skin changes on arm, stinging or burning rash
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac:
    itchy rash, rash
    Symptoms that never occur with allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    small hand lump, hand itch, painful hand lump, skin-colored hand bump, pink or red mass on hand
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  5. 5.Anaphylaxis

    Anaphylaxis is the sudden onset of breathing or heart rate changes that are caused by a whole-body allergic reaction. This can be a deadly situation.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, headache, stomach bloating, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hand Itch

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to glues, fragrances, preservatives, hair dyes, soaps, detergents, or other common household chemicals?

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Hand Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hand itch have also experienced:

    • 5% Hand Swelling
    • 4% Foot / Toe Itch
    • 4% Swelling of Both Hands
  • People who have experienced hand itch had symptoms persist for:

    • 34% Less Than a Day
    • 30% Less Than a Week
    • 19% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced hand itch were most often matched with:

    • 55% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • 22% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Hand
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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