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What causes the skin to peel off the fingertips? 2021 - Healthy Miss

The peeling of the skin on your fingers can be alarming. If itching, burning, or pain is accompanying this symptom, it could be caused by an allergy or a common skin condition like eczema. If peeling is the only symptom, it's possible fingers sucking or spending too much time in the water. If the problem persists for several days or is chronic, a dermatologist can diagnose the condition and prescribe treatment or medication.

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Finger sucking

Dander on the fingers is not uncommon in infants and toddlers who soothe themselves with finger-sucking, according to dermatologist Alan Rockoff Brookline, Massachusetts. In children with this condition, the skin begins to peel off from the top of the finger up to about halfway - usually the part of the finger that spends the most time in the child's moist mouth. The condition will go away once the child stops sucking their finger, but by then it could be a recurring problem. However, the child most likely does not feel any discomfort.

Allergies

Allergens, not to be confused with irritants such as solvents and detergents, are products that most other people do not normally react to. Nickel from jewelry is a known allergen that can irritate the skin and cause peeling. Latex (rubber products) is another common skin allergen. People who are allergic to latex should avoid rubber gloves and even some shoes.

Hand eczema

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) describes eczema as "the itch that rashes." It is characterized by peeling, blotchy, red, flaky skin. Hand eczema can be caused by chemical irritants, trauma, and paper handling. For those who have chronic hand eczema, these things can make their condition worse and are more likely to experience other skin problems.

Hand eczema can take months to clear and is not uncommon for it to interfere with normal activities. The AAD recommends protecting hands from soaps and detergents and wearing gloves in cold weather. A dermatologist may recommend a product to help keep hands hydrated.

Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is an inherited disease that affects about 40 percent of Americans, according to the AAD. The skin can develop a texture like sandpaper and can itch in cold weather and in low-humidity climates such as Arizona. The AAD recommends the use of ointments that contain lactic acid or urea, or the use of topical retinoids. The online Keratosis Pilaris Community reports that treatments like suntan, laser treatments, and avoiding certain foods can clear a flare up.