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Your Thickened Skin on the Back of the Hand May Also be Known as:
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Top 9 Thickened Skin on the Back of the Hand Causes

  1. 1.Hand Callus

    A callus is a hard, thick layer of skin that develops when the skin experiences lots of friction and pressure. A callus may cause discomfort, but is of no big concern.

    Callus doesn't need any specific treatment. If it bothers you, you can trim away excess skin, and try to avoid friction and pressure to prevent the callus from coming back.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thickened skin on the hand, thickened skin on the hand with visible lines
    Symptoms that always occur with hand callus:
    thickened skin on the hand with visible lines
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Dupuytren Disease

    Dupuytren Disease, also known as Dupuytren's contracture, is a condition that gradually causes connective tissue (fascia) under the skin of the palm to thicken and become scar-like. Although Dupuytren's isn't painful, it does restrict movement. The thickened tissue forces several fingers - usually the ring and pinky fingers - to curl in toward the palm.

    You do not need treatment. In many cases, the condition remains mild and causes little interference with the use of the hand. Consider seeing a primary care physician (PCP) if you are not able to place your hand flat on a table top or if your hand function is significantly affected.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    finger joint stiffness, thickened skin on the finger, hand bump, swollen hands, thickened skin on the palm of the hand
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Corn

    A corn is a hard, thick layer of skin that develops when the skin experiences lots of friction and pressure. A corn may cause discomfort, but is of no big concern.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by trimming away excess skin, and using shoe inserts to reduce friction and pressure to prevent the corn from coming back.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thickened skin on the hand with visible lines, hand bump with lines through the thickened skin
    Symptoms that always occur with corn:
    thickened skin on the hand with visible lines
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Angioedema

    Angioedema is a condition which can cause swelling and puffiness of the face, mouth, tongue, hand or genitals. It is often related to an allergic reaction to food, medicines or insect bites.

    Allergic reactions can be dangerous and therefor you should be brought to the nearest Emergency Room for evaluation and treatment. Call for an ambulance if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fainting, vomiting, trouble swallowing, tightness in throat or trouble breathing.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), diarrhea, swollen face, swelling on one side of the face
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  5. 5.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.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut, freeze, or burn it off.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored foot bump, marble sized foot lump, small foot lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored foot bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  6. 6.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections").

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic today or tomorrow. Treatment of an abscess includes incision and drainage. It is likely you will be prescribed antibiotics as well. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful foot lump, marble sized foot lump, pink or red foot bump, large foot lump, yellow or white foot bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Nail Infection (Paronychia)

    Paronychia is an infection of the nail folds, typically caused by Staph. Aureus. Or a fungus.

    You should go see a retail or urgent care clinic in the next day or so. You can treat this with an antibiotic such as clindamycin or bactrim.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous finger pain, fingernail pain, fingernail swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  8. 8.Callus

    A callus is a hard, thick layer of skin that develops when the skin experiences lots of friction and pressure. A callus may cause discomfort, but is of no big concern.

    Callus doesn't need any specific treatment. If it bothers you, you can trim away excess skin, and using shoe inserts to reduce friction and pressure to prevent the callus from coming back.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thickened skin on the foot with visible lines, thickened skin on the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with callus:
    thickened skin on the foot with visible lines
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  9. 9.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is often caused by trauma or surgery.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut out the cyst.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored foot bump, marble sized foot lump, small foot lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored foot bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Thickened Skin on the Back of the Hand

  • Q.How long have you had this thickened skin?
  • Q.Do the skin's natural lines go through the thickened skin?
  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Thickened Skin on the Back of the Hand Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced thickened skin on the back of the hand have also experienced:

    • 16% Side Pain
    • 16% Back of the Hand Swelling
    • 16% Foot Bump
  • People who have experienced thickened skin on the back of the hand had symptoms persist for:

    • 50% Over a Month
    • 15% Less Than a Week
    • 11% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced thickened skin on the back of the hand were most often matched with:

    • 30% Hand Callus
    • 30% Dupuytren Disease
    • 23% Corn

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