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Red Palms Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your red palms symptoms with Buoy, including 4 causes and common questions concerning your red palms.

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  1. 4 Possible Red Palms Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

4 Possible Red Palms Causes

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


Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. Scar tissue forms because of injury or long-term disease. In the United States, alcoholism and Hepatitis C are the most common causes. Scar tissue cannot do what healthy liver tissue does - make protein, help fight infections, clean the blood, help digest food and store energy.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms:

Urgency: Primary care doctor


Hemochromatosis is a condition where there is too much iron in the body. Most commonly, this occurs due to faulty genes (usually the HFE gene) in iron regulation. When the disease is due to genetic reasons, it is called Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH). HH is a lifelong (chronic) disease, while other causes of hemochromatosis — too many blood transfusions, diseases that destroy red blood cells, and taking too many iron supplements — resolve with treatment and time.

Symptoms include liver disease, diabetes, skin discoloration, arthritis, and heart failure. However, if treated, these symptoms can be mostly or completely avoided.

Hemochromatosis can be diagnosed with blood testing. It is treated by medical phlebotomy (bloodletting), chelating agents (metal binders), and a low-iron diet.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), joint pain, decreased sex drive, frequent urination

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Overactive thyroid

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid glands control how fast one burns calories and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, trouble sleeping

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis is a general term for multiple conditions that cause painful inflammation and stiffness throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that is autoimmune in nature, meaning that the body's immune system which normally protects the body by attacking foreign pathogens mistakenly begins attacking the own body's tissues. In adults, RA is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis caused by autoimmunity.

RA is caused by the immune system attacking the lining of the joints (synovium). This immune activity results in inflammation in the synovium that causes it to thicken and expand. The thickening destroys the cartilage and bone of the joint and causes the tendons and ligaments of the joint to weaken and stretch.

Over time, the cartilage loss continues, the space between bones becomes smaller, and eventually the joint becomes loose, painful and unstable. As the condition becomes more advanced, RA can also affect multiple organ systems, including the eyes, skin, lungs and the cardiovascular system.

Diagnosis is through physical examination, blood tests, and X-rays.

Treatments include lifestyle modifications, several classes of medications, and sometimes surgery.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, depressed mood, joint pain, muscle aches, daytime sleepiness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Red Palms

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

  • Have you been experiencing dizziness?
  • Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Are you sweating more than usual?
  • Is your heart beating more quickly or slowly than usual?

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

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Red Palms Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced red palms have also experienced:

  • 6% Fatigue
  • 3% Hand Tingling
  • 2% Swelling Of Both Hands

People who have experienced red palms were most often matched with:

  • 33% Cirrhosis
  • 33% Hemochromatosis
  • 33% Overactive Thyroid

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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