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Palm Rash Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your palm rash symptoms with Buoy, including 8 causes and common questions concerning your palm rash.

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Contents

  1. 8 Possible Palm Rash Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

8 Possible Palm Rash Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced palm rash. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Pityriasis rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a common skin rash and is thought to be due to a type of herpes virus. It is not contagious and is not sexually transmitted. Most susceptible are teenagers and young adults.

Symptoms include a single large scaly patch somewhere on the body. In the next 7 to 14 days similar oval pink patches on the arms, legs, and trunk appear, sometimes in a pattern of lines.

There may also be itching, fatigue, and body aches along with the rash. Anything that raises body temperature, such as exercising or a hot bath, may worsen the rash.

The condition may last for a few weeks and is normally gone after three to four months. Sometimes flat brown spots are left as the rash fades.

Pityriasis rosea can resemble other conditions, so getting an accurate diagnosis is important. Diagnosis is made through blood tests and skin cultures.

Treatment involves topical medications for itching, as well as antiviral and anti-inflammatory medications by mouth to aid healing. Cool baths and reduced exercise will also help.

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

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.

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

Non-specific dermatitis (skin inflammation)

Nonspecific dermatitis, or contact dermatitis, simply means inflammation of the skin from many different causes.

Most nonspecific dermatitis is caused by skin contact with a substance that provokes a reaction, which could be anything from plants to soap to jewelry to fabrics. Some may be due to an autoimmune condition, where the body's immune system attacks itself.

Risk factors include a family or personal history of allergies, asthma, or other condition which weakens the immune system; or constant contact with metals, plant life, or chemicals.

Symptoms commonly include red, swollen skin rash with itching, blistering, or oozing, which may become painful and infected.

Dermatitis itself is not contagious but can interfere with quality of life. A medical provider can help with managing the symptoms.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, and sometimes skin biopsy and patch testing.

Treatment involves using protective measures if the substances cannot be avoided; making nutritional improvements to strengthen the immune system; using corticosteroid or other creams; and phototherapy.

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

Lipoma

Lipoma is a word that translates as "fatty tumor," but a lipoma is not cancer. It is simply a growth of fat between the muscle layer and the skin above it.

The exact cause is not known. The condition does run in families and is associated with other unusual syndromes such as adiposis dolorosa, which is similar. Lipomas most often appear after age 40.

Symptoms include a soft, easily moveable lump beneath the skin, about two inches across. A lipoma is painless unless its growth is irritating the nerves around it. They are most often found on the back, neck, and abdomen, and sometimes the arms and upper legs.

It is a good idea to have any new or unusual growth checked by a medical provider, just to make certain it is benign.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination, biopsy, and imaging such as ultrasound or CT scan.

Most of the time, treatment is not necessary unless the lipoma is unsightly or is interfering with other structures. It can be removed through surgery or liposuction.

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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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.

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

Mole on the hand

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

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

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.

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

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by different types of enteroviruses. There is no connection to hoof-and-mouth disease, which only affects livestock.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is very contagious. The virus is carried in the secretions of the nose, mouth, rash blisters, and feces of an infected person.

Anyone coming into contact these substances, even through the air, can contract the disease.

Most susceptible are children under age 5, though the disease can occur in older children and adults.

Symptoms include sores and blisters inside the mouth; reddened, blistering skin rash on palms of hands and soles of feet; loss of appetite and dehydration due to difficulty with eating and drinking; and fever.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination and sometimes testing of throat swab or stool sample.

Treatment involves supportive care with fluids, rest, and mild pain relievers. Do not give aspirin to children. Antibiotics only work against bacteria and cannot help against a viral illness.

There is no vaccine against hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Frequent and thorough handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of the illness.

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

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

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

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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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 were most often matched with:

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

People who have experienced palm rash had symptoms persist for:

  • 29% Over a month
  • 27% Less than a week
  • 25% Less than a day

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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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.