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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Palm Rash

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

  1. 1.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.

    Pityriasis Rosea will go away on its own within 2-8 weeks

    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
  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
  3. 3.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
  4. 4.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored groin bump, marble sized groin lump, small groin lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored groin bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  5. 5.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.

    In most cases, excellent prognosis, and 95-98% of SCCs can be cured if treated early.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    rash on sun-exposed areas, rash with well-defined border, painful rash, light red or pink bump on skin, scaly rash
    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
  6. 6.Mole on the Hand

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    unchanged hand bump, small hand lump, black or brown mass on hand, bump's smooth border, uniformly black/brown bump
    Symptoms that always occur with mole on the hand:
    unchanged hand bump, black or brown mass on hand
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  7. 7.Friction Blister on the Hand

    Friction blisters are very common and occur when fluid accumulates beneath the outer layer of the skin. They’re caused by friction from carrying heavy objects or repetitive use.

    Friction blisters heal within 1-2 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand pain, blister on the hand, blister caused by friction, constant skin changes, rash with bumps or blisters
    Symptoms that always occur with friction blister on the hand:
    blister caused by friction, blister on the hand
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.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.

    7-10 days

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Palm Rash

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.What color is the skin change?
  • Q.Are there bumps on your rash?
  • 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:

    • 3% Tendency to Bruise Easily
    • 3% Red Palms
    • 2% Hand Tingling
  • People who have experienced palm rash had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 33% Pityriasis Rosea
    • 33% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Hand
    • 33% Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)
  • 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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