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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Hand Skin Changes

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced hand skin changes. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)

    Dermatitis is the inflammation ("-itis") of the skin ("derma" is a layer of the skin). It can be caused by any number of causes, from allergies to infections to autoimmune issues. Dermatitis of Normal Variation (also called, "NOS") means that all of those other causes of your rash have been ruled out. This is very common.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red rash, itchy rash, painful rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific dermatitis (skin inflammation):
    red rash
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.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
  3. 3.Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. This condition most often affects skin of the hands, and may occur after repeated and prolonged exposure to substances such as water, detergents (soaps, bleach), solvents (such as gasoline), acids, powders, dust, and soil. The onset of the skin reaction is usually within 48 hours of coming in contact with the substance.

    1-2 days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with well-defined border, itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, painful rash, red rash
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    rash with well-defined border
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  4. 4.Hives

    Urticaria are itchy, temporary rashes that rarely become swollen. It is often referred to as "hives."

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red or pink, rough patch of skin, itchy rash, curved rash, insect bite or sting, hives, red swollen bumps or patches with a pale center
    Symptoms that always occur with hives:
    red or pink, rough patch of skin
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Churg - Strauss Syndrome

    Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) is an extremely rare disease which involves inflammation in certain types of cells in the blood or in tissues. This inflammation causes injury to many organ systems, and the cause of CSS is not known well by doctors.

    Extremely rare disease, and consultation with a specialist is required to determine the outlook.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), muscle aches, shortness of breath, cough
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Keratoacanthoma (a Common, Benign Skin Change)

    Keratoacanthomas are rapidly growing lesions that occur primarily on sun-exposed skin in older persons. The majority of lesions involve the face and upper extremities, although they frequently occur on the lower extremities, especially in women.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    itchy rash, rash on sun-exposed areas, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter, skin-colored rash, skin-colored, large (>1/2 cm) bump
    Symptoms that never occur with keratoacanthoma (a common, benign skin change):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  7. 7.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hand Skin Changes

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Are there bumps on your rash?
  • Q.Is your rash raised or rough when you run your hand over the area of skin?
  • Q.What color is the skin change?

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Hand Skin Changes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hand skin changes have also experienced:

    • 3% Fatigue
    • 3% Headache
    • 2% Facial Redness
  • People who have experienced hand skin changes had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced hand skin changes were most often matched with:

    • 50% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • 25% Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)
    • 25% Irritant Contact Dermatitis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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