Skin Problems on the Hand

Updated November 21, 2016

If you are experiencing a rash on your hand, it could be that you are suffering from a condition called dyshiodrotic eczema, which is the medical phrase for hand or foot rashes. This condition can be aggravated by environmental influences, certain illnesses and is found more often in individuals who are "uptight" according to There is a whole host of conditions that can cause skin problems on your hands. Your doctor will need to diagnose your specific problem in order for you to get appropriate treatment.

Obsessive Washing

Dyshiodrotic eczema pops up more frequently in individuals who frequently or obsessively wash their hands. Exposure to harsh soaps, detergents, paper products and solvents can also result in this condition. Use a topical anti-inflammatory cream on your hands to reduce the pain.

Smoking and/or Genetics

It is possible to get psoriasis on your hands. This is called localised pustular psoriasis. If you are a smoker, you are more likely than a non-smoker to acquire this condition. Sometimes it runs in families and therefore is considered genetic. The discomfort associated with this condition is considerable. Painful fissures (cracks) may develop along with scaly, thick red skin and pustules. This is not an infectious disease. Topical steroids may be used to treat this condition. Keeping your hands--both the palms and the backs--moisturised will help. Cover the affected area with a waterproof dressing.

Be Careful of What You Come in Contact With

If you are suffering from allergic contact dermatitis on your hands, blisters can develop along with red, swollen itchy skin. The blisters can break and result in scales and crusts. Contact dermatitis is caused by something that you have touched and are allergic to. You and your doctor need to determine what the culprit is.

Fungus Takes its Toll

The American Academy of Family Physicians points out that you can get fungal infections on your hands. This is called tinea manuum. Usually when the hands are infected, so are the feet. Typically, one hand will be infected and both feet, or both hands will be infected and one foot. This fungus is characterised by scaly, dry hyperkeratosis of the palms. It will result in scaling. This condition is treated with topical therapy.

Children and Infants Can be Targeted

A disease called Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease typically strikes children and infants. It's a viral infection that can cause a skin rash on the hands, foot and in the mouth. The rash that will develop will be flat or raised and the spots will be red. Blisters sometimes occur. The rash will be on the palms of the hands. There is no specific treatment. Mouthwashes can numb the pain. Ibuprofen or other pain relievers can be given, as can antipyretics that reduce fever.

Those Ugly Warts

Warts can be a real problem for some people. They are very unattractive and certainly don't enhance the appearance of your hands. In addition, they can hurt. According to, common warts that appear on the hands may be small and hard, grey-brownish and dome-shaped. The wart may have black dots inside of the head, which looks like a cauliflower. Flat warts are smooth and have flat tops, thus the name. They can be yellow, light brown or pink. They are very small and can appear in clusters. Warts can be frozen or cut off by your physician if over-the-counter treatments don't work.

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Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.