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Reiter's - Peeling Skin

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 5, 2006
  • 08:06 PM

I have had continuous peeling of my palms/fingers and feet/toes for the last 3 years. Doc's have diagnosed as Keratolysis Exfoliativa. I had prostatitis prior to the peeling skin over 3 years ago and was tested for everything (std and otherwise) and nothing was found (including cultures and PCR - mycoplasma). Never had arthritis, but did have a recent bout with KB (w/vesicles) on one sole, which is typical of Reiters.

Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions? Should I expect things to get worse with time or better? Thanks very much. –Nick

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  • I'm not sure what is going on with you. I'm not familiar with reiter's! However I have been dealing with peeling from the soles of my feet, toes and around my finger nails for about 7 months now.My nails have become very soft on both fingers and toes. It is very frustrating. There are times that I can barely wear shoes due to the pain it causes. I went to a dermatologist and all she was interested in was, what did I think of my appearance and was I interested in any botox for the laugh lines I have developed over the years. I told her I had earned any lines I had and I thought they added character. She gave me some salve to apply and told me to soak my feet in rock salt 2 x per day. Well, it hasn't gotten any better and soaking in rock salt is extremely painful!!! Not sure where to go from here. I truly feel that something else is going on. I will add you to my prayer list and hope that you will get some answers in the near future. Take care and don't give up. Linda;)
    gsch12 11 Replies
    • November 29, 2006
    • 00:33 PM
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  • Hi.Just reading your article.My 13 year old son has peeling skin on his hands and feet, and a small part of his knee. its like he is shedding the top layer of his skin.He has no pain, thank goodness. But don't know what it is. I wondered if it got any better for youEmail beverley.winton@yahoo.co.uk
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  • I've had Reiter's for about 9 years now, and I too have had the peeling skin, mainly on the soles of my feet. My undertsanding is that because Reiter's is in the same family of arthritis as Psoriatic arhritis that sometimes you can get some similar symptoms such as the scaling on the feet and palms. I am a little confused though - you say you've never had arthritis, but that IS what Reiter's syndrome aka Reactive Arthritis is. Do you mean you have never had many arthritis symptoms? And if not then how did you get the diagnosis of Reiter's?
    resilient 1 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 11:18 PM
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  • I don't know about Reiter's, but have heard of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis which is caused by MRI's. There is a big lawsuit going on right now with it and it causes the skin to peel. It's caused by the gladium dye or however you spell it. Do a google search on it, you might want to bring the possibility up with your GP.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 04:31 PM
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  • I'm not sure but my son has been peeling on his hands and feet since he was 2 he is now 11. He has just recently gone through one of his Shedding episodes I call it where his hands blister up and then the blisters begin to pop and the skin gets real real tight where he can barley bend his fingers and then they begin to peel large chunks of skin at a time over a period of 7-14 days and then new skin comes in and he is fine. The odd thing is that his hands do this almost every Jan and his feet the same almost every July. They say Eczema is what he has but I am not buying it. Any insight would be greatly appreciated
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2008
    • 06:15 AM
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  • hi my 4 yr old daughter has had a skin virus for about 4 weeks, and now all the skin on her fingers and toes has started peeling like she is shedding the top layer of skin.my doctors just said to leave it they wont be able to say if its permant untill its been a few weeks. is there anything i can do for her? anything i should keep her away from. thanks
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  • hi my 4 yr old daughter has had a skin virus for about 4 weeks, and now all the skin on her fingers and toes has started peeling like she is shedding the top layer of skin.my doctors just said to leave it they wont be able to say if its permant untill its been a few weeks. is there anything i can do for her? anything i should keep her away from. thanksI would like to know if you found out what your daughter had. I have a granddaughter withthe same thing, it just started a few weeks ago, had her to the Dr. and she said she did not know what was going on, she is going for quite a few tests. The skin is peeling on herfingers and toes, big patches just seem to peel off, not painful so she says. Please let me know how you got along. Thanks.
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  • I have had continuous peeling of my palms/fingers and feet/toes for the last 3 years. Doc's have diagnosed as Keratolysis Exfoliativa. I had prostatitis prior to the peeling skin over 3 years ago and was tested for everything (std and otherwise) and nothing was found (including cultures and PCR - mycoplasma). Never had arthritis, but did have a recent bout with KB (w/vesicles) on one sole, which is typical of Reiters.Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions? Should I expect things to get worse with time or better? Thanks very much. –NickMy Reiters began at about 9 or 10 years old (I'm in 40s now) with Balanitis. This was variously misdiagnosed over the years. About 10 yrs ago, I saw an allergist for allergy issues, and he turns out also to be a reumatologist (sp?) and asked about the Balanitis. Then I got describing what I thought was Athlete's Foot and he looked at it (small red dots, like a mild rash, not blisters, under the arch) and said I had Reiters. Since then, that foot (left) has proceeded to get very crusty, flaking skin (hyperkeratosis, I think) over the sole area (not the top) and toenails have likewise gotten sort of softer and flakier and rough looking.HOWEVER, I never had the arthritis symptoms. Apparently my case is chronic but exhibits only what might be deemed secondary symptoms. The Doctor said it's unusual to have the foot thing on only one side, but, there it is.
    Garbageman 1 Replies
    • January 22, 2009
    • 00:21 AM
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  • I'm not sure what is going on with you. I'm not familiar with reiter's! However I have been dealing with peeling from the soles of my feet, toes and around my finger nails for about 7 months now.My nails have become very soft on both fingers and toes. It is very frustrating. There are times that I can barely wear shoes due to the pain it causes. I went to a dermatologist and all she was interested in was, what did I think of my appearance and was I interested in any botox for the laugh lines I have developed over the years. I told her I had earned any lines I had and I thought they added character. She gave me some salve to apply and told me to soak my feet in rock salt 2 x per day. Well, it hasn't gotten any better and soaking in rock salt is extremely painful!!! Not sure where to go from here. I truly feel that something else is going on. I will add you to my prayer list and hope that you will get some answers in the near future. Take care and don't give up. Linda;)I get the feeling that this may be Gallbladder related. Do you have any other issues with health or pain anywhere? What is your diet? Do you exercise?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2009
    • 03:57 AM
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  • I would like to know if you found out what your daughter had. I have a granddaughter withthe same thing, it just started a few weeks ago, had her to the Dr. and she said she did not know what was going on, she is going for quite a few tests. The skin is peeling on herfingers and toes, big patches just seem to peel off, not painful so she says. Please let me know how you got along. Thanks.My 5 year old daughter just started this same thing.....skin just peels off from the nail bed over the top and is working it's way down the inside of her fingers. Just noticed her toes are doing it too, although the soles of her feet have done this before. Either of you find out what it is yet?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2010
    • 02:59 AM
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  • I have a similar condition and my doc told me to watch my intake of acidic foods and especially pop. I noticed improvement within a month!
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  • My brother is is 11 years Old and had a Virus for about 2-3 weeks. We Never found out what it was. His symptoms included puking and a fever. They ran many tests and still *****r found out thankfully it is over now. However after the disease left he has gotten hands and feet that are peeling and cracked. It doesn't look to pretty. The peeling is only on the fingers and toes. Any idea on what is going on???
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 3, 2010
    • 07:03 PM
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  • My Reiters began at about 9 or 10 years old (I'm in 40s now) with Balanitis. This was variously misdiagnosed over the years. About 10 yrs ago, I saw an allergist for allergy issues, and he turns out also to be a reumatologist (sp?) and asked about the Balanitis. Then I got describing what I thought was Athlete's Foot and he looked at it (small red dots, like a mild rash, not blisters, under the arch) and said I had Reiters. Since then, that foot (left) has proceeded to get very crusty, flaking skin (hyperkeratosis, I think) over the sole area (not the top) and toenails have likewise gotten sort of softer and flakier and rough looking.HOWEVER, I never had the arthritis symptoms. Apparently my case is chronic but exhibits only what might be deemed secondary symptoms. The Doctor said it's unusual to have the foot thing on only one side, but, there it is.I'd like to know if you have intense itching with this? I have skin peeling on my right foot arch. I have a day of intense itching that has no relief. By later that day or next morning, huge patches of skin are peeling. It is on the arch and has moved to the side but has not effected my nails. My doctor gave me a steroid ointment but it has not really helped.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 7, 2010
    • 02:50 PM
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  • I have had a re-occuring case of only my ring finger forming a thick dead skin layer then peeling off causing red skin to appear underneath which is very painfull, then it heals, and starts over again when I'm stressed out from work. And I have monitored my actions to check whether I'm using my finger in a way that might cause pressure on this specific finger tip but I'm not.What I don't understand is that this is not an infection because it has been there for over a year coming and going and it never infects anything surrounding it.Would someone please tell me what that is?
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  • Almost all of you are describing eczema. I have had it for many years, it gets better and worse. It's an immune system response and responds to allergies, moisture, or dryness. Stress or conditional changes, the weather and so on all affect the situation. The best things I've ever found are: LacLotion (prescription)- good for the tougher skin that can build up and the flaking (which is a response to tender skin underneath, the body builds more and more skin to defend, which dries and eventually cracks, painfully, especially between toes, sides of the nose, behind the ears and so on). And over the counter there is DermArrest Eczema or Psoriasis, which I found actually worked better for the itching, if it's present, and drying the little blisters that can come up under the skin, they are deep, and can be horrible. Good luck to you all. There is no cure for eczema and many, many doctors don't recognize it or try to treat it. They can't really do much for it. Benadryl can be helpful if the attack is sudden. I always wear flip-flops and haven't had trouble in years. Don't use soaps or products with fragrance and especially not alcohol in them. Best wishes to you all.
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