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Dry skin and peeling on palms and soles

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 25, 2010
  • 04:17 PM

Ever since I was a kid my palms and soles were dry and at the contact of water for about 5 mins it would leave them white as though they had absorbed water. And when it absorbs water the peeling of my skin on the palms and soles are easier.

Throughout my life there are, what I call, "Peeling seasons" where my hands (palms) and upper half of my fingers start peeling or more than usual. And these are dry peels not moist peels. When I peel the skin off my palms and fingers, the lower layer looks nice, somewhat moist and smooth. And then, after a few days it goes back to the regular dry palms and dry upper-half-of-fingers.

When I rub my hands (palms) on my arm it almost feels like sandpaper. And the skin on my palms look kind of thick even though it isn't.

I have tried lotion and moisturizer and it only gives temporary moistness, but most lotions make the peeling worse while providing moisture.

Whenever I wash my hands with soap it smells like soap, but throughout the day after about 3-5 hours my hands stink with a pretty sour smell. My hands were dry throughout the day so I doubt it's because of sweaty hands.

My soles and toes are a bit different. They don't really have any "peeling season", but rather peel regularly (not a lot). The dry skin that gets peeled off are pretty thick (maybe about 1-2 mm)

My feet doesn't stink as much as my hands though, which is kind of weird. And the peeling regions usually look kind of red/pink whereas for other people (normal skin) it takes on their normal colour.

Not sure if this helps, but my nails are all looking normal (not white or receding) with the exception of my left thumb nail having a vertical dark line that doesn't disappear.

To add more, it doesn't spread to other parts of the body or to other people.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks!

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  • I have had the exact same problem for years, everything! Down to the details! Please help.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2010
    • 08:05 PM
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  • I think you both may have inherited keratin disorders.There are many different types depending on which type of keratin is not being made properly by your body.One type is Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis The disease is caused by mutations in either keratin 1 or keratin 10. Treatment options include urea or alpha-hydroxy acid containing creams as well as topical and systemic retinoids. Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis is also known as bullous congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma (of Brocq) and disorder of cornification type 3. Wiki may help with extra information en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratin_disease However there is a lot more information here http://lacelula.udl.es/aprendre/casos/pdf/lanemac.pdfAlthough a lot of it is very technical, (actually really complicated)epidermolysis bullosa simplex is another possible keratin disorder you may have.Anyway there are lots of different karatin disorders, all of which cause skin problems. Best of luck
    chrismia 159 Replies
    • October 20, 2010
    • 01:57 PM
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  • I think you both may have inherited keratin disorders.There are many different types depending on which type of keratin is not being made properly by your body.One type is Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis The disease is caused by mutations in either keratin 1 or keratin 10. Treatment options include urea or alpha-hydroxy acid containing creams as well as topical and systemic retinoids. Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis is also known as bullous congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma (of Brocq) and disorder of cornification type 3. Wiki may help with extra information en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratin_disease However there is a lot more information here http://lacelula.udl.es/aprendre/casos/pdf/lanemac.pdfAlthough a lot of it is very technical, (actually really complicated)epidermolysis bullosa simplex is another possible keratin disorder you may have.Anyway there are lots of different karatin disorders, all of which cause skin problems. Best of luckI was actually thinking that it could be a keratin disorder. Thanks.I personally think that it isn't Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis because the "scaling" isn't concentrated around my joints, it isn't dark, but only red with the dry skin on the outside appearing a little whiter, and my skin isn't that fragile (I can high five people, clap, do sports, etc. Just like normal) My skin doesn't hurt even after a shower of any length (even up to an hour or more). The only problem is pretty much how it looks, especially in public.My doctor says that it could be fungal, but I sort of doubt it. My skin does not itch at all, it just peels, absorbs water, and looks bad.I wish I knew what my problem was.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2010
    • 05:17 AM
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