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Your Palm Rash May Also be Known as:
Bump on palm
Lump on palm
Palm bump
Palm lump
Rash on palm

Top 10 Palm Rash Causes

  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.

    You can treat this at home and the rash should go away on its own. In the meantime, you can use an anti-histamine (both by mouth OR as an ointment), or a topical corticosteroid to treat the itch and/or pain due to the rash.

    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.Non - Specific Skin Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific skin rash:
    rash
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

    Tinea Corporis is a common fungal infection of the skin. This rash is sometimes called "ringworm" and results in ring-shaped redness that is often itchy.

    Ringworm can be treated with topical antifungal ointment such as Lamisil. Apply the ointment directly to the rash and the surrounding skin, and keep the area as dry as possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry skin, rash, red rash, itchy rash, curved rash
    Symptoms that never occur with ringworm (tinea corporis):
    groin skin changes, fever, scrotal itch, groin itch, facial skin changes, hand skin changes, genital skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Hand - Foot - and - Mouth Disease

    Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a mild, contagious viral infection common in young children. It is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by using a topical oral anesthetic to relieve the pain of mouth sores. Over-the-counter pain medications other than aspirin, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may help relieve general discomfort.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    loss of appetite, cough, fever, sore throat, new headache
    Symptoms that always occur with hand-foot-and-mouth disease:
    spontaneous skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Benign Skin Growth

    Seborrheic keratosis is a condition that causes wart-like growths on the skin. The growths are benign (not-cancerous) and look like stuck-on plaques.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign. However, if the lesion changes at all you should visit your physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constant skin changes, itchy rash, rash with well-defined border, abdominal skin changes, neck skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with benign skin growth:
    constant skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with benign skin growth:
    cherry red lower leg bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  6. 6.Molluscum Contagiosum

    Molluscum Contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin that usually affects young children, sexually active young adults, and patients with a weakened immune system.

    You can go to a primary care doctor, who might recommend cryotherapy (freezing it off) or ointments. That being said, molluscum contagiosum often goes away on its own.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with bumps or blisters, skin changes on arm, leg skin changes, head or neck skin changes, genital skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with molluscum contagiosum:
    fever, headache
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  7. 7.Non - Melanoma Skin Cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma)

    Squamous cells are the small, flat skin cells in the outer layer of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) a type of skin cancer that usually appears as a tiny, painless bump or patch. The most common spots for this cancer are the head (including scalp, lips, ears, and mouth), legs, and the backs of the hands and the arms.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will coordinate care with a dermatologist. Squamous cell carcinoma needs to be confirmed by examining a piece of your affected skin in a laboratory. If SCC is confirmed, treatment involves cutting out a patch of affected skin, scraping the cancer away, or destroying it by freezing or radiation.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    rash on sun-exposed areas, rash with well-defined border, painful rash, light red or pink bump on skin, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter
    Symptoms that always occur with non-melanoma skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma):
    rash on sun-exposed areas
    Symptoms that never occur with non-melanoma skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. The patches mostly affect the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet.

    There are many over-the-counter creams that could help which you can first try to see if your symptoms get better. However, psoriasis is a diagnosis that should be made by a physician and might need longer term follow up.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, rash with well-defined border, painful rash, scaly rash
    Symptoms that never occur with psoriasis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

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

    You should go to your local pharmacy or retail clinic to be treated. The usual treatment for atopic eczema involves avoiding irritants and other triggers, using moisturizers to prevent inflammation, as well as steroid creams and ointments when the inflammation flares up.

    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
  10. 10.Pityriasis Rosea

    Pityriasis rosea is a common skin condition with no known cause. It is not contagious and does not usually lead to any dangerous complications. It most often appears as a larger "mother" patch which comes first, surrounded by smaller "daughter" patches which appear soon after.

    If the rash itches, an antihistamine such as Benadryl can help relieve symptoms. Otherwise, Pityriasis rosea does not require any treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    rash, itchy rash, curved rash, rough patch with red spots around it
    Symptoms that always occur with pityriasis rosea:
    rash
    Symptoms that never occur with pityriasis rosea:
    blue-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Palm Rash

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is your rash:
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Is your rash raised or rough when you run your hand over the area of skin?

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Palm Rash Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced palm rash have also experienced:

    • 5% Muscle Aches
    • 5% Fever
    • 3% Joint Swelling
  • People who have experienced palm rash had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Less Than a Day
    • 25% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced palm rash were most often matched with:

    • 25% Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)
    • 13% Non - Specific Skin Rash
    • 13% Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

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