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Hand Rashes – American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD)

There are many ways a person can get a hand rash, but all have some aspects in common. The skin is exposed to something irritating. It reacts with a rash. Hand eczema is another name for the same thing.

Most hand rash cases are called “contact dermatitis” because they are caused by contact with substances found in the environment. A powerful irritant, like some industrial chemicals, acids or cleaning fluids, are obvious causes of contact dermatitis. More often, the irritant is milder and the problem starts out as dryness of the hands. A few of the more common irritants are over drying due to frequent hand washing, soaps, cleaning agents or even ingredients in skin and personal care products.

The inflammation appears as redness, swelling and itching. The skin looses its ability to serve as a barrier and keep the outside world out. It allows more outside irritants in. Until all the irritants are removed, the skin will not heal. Once skin becomes red and dry, even so called “harmless” things like water and baby products can irritate skin further. This is a cumulative irritant dermatitis, in that it is not one big irritant but a lot of small ones.

The tendency to get skin reactions is often inherited. People with these tendencies may have a history of hay fever and/or asthma in combination with food allergies and a skin condition called atopic dermatitis or eczema. Their skin can turn red and itch after contact with many substances that might not bother other people’s skin.

Less commonly, some cases of Hand dermatitis are allergic. This means after a period of exposure the substance caused sensitivity against it to develop in the skin to that, and only that, substance. The culprit could be anything, but rubber, metals and preservatives are common. Even prescription skin creams can do this. Then, afterward, whenever the skin is exposed to the same substance — even slightly –it becomes inflamed. An example of an allergic reaction it is poison ivy dermatitis.

The least common forms of hand dermatitis are often the most severe. Dyshidrotic hand dermatitis forms blisters under the skin, especially on the sides of the fingers and on the palms. It is internally produced, and seems to worsen with stress. Hyperkeratotic hand eczema develops thick scales and fissures. Either these may be forms of psoriasis, or at times psoriasis may look similar. These are more internally caused, and often also affect the feet.

Dermatologists use a combination of methods to heal the skin. A prescription ointment or cream will be prescribed. If this cream doesn’t seem to be helping after 7 to 10 days, call the doctor. It’s possible one may need an oral antibiotic if an infection is present. Patients with severe hand rashes may be given oral or injected steroids. Keep hands away from irritants. The next section will explain what to avoid while the skin is healing.

Frequent hand washing and water contact should be avoided. To do this, protect hands by using gloves and creams as barriers. Dirty the gloves, not the hands. Take rings off to wash because they trap soap and water next to the skin. Use lukewarm water and rinse thoroughly after washing with soap. Use a mild soap (Dove, Basis, Olay, Cetaphil) or a soap substitute (Cetaphil lotion, Oilatum-AD). Blot the skin dry carefully.

Apply moisturizer while the skin is still moist. Repeat after each hand washing, immediately after bathing and after removing gloves. The rule of thumb for moisturizers is: the messier, the better. Moisturizing creams are better because they are thicker and last longer on the skin. Lotions, which contain mostly water, are the least effective as moisturizers.

Wear waterproof gloves while peeling and squeezing lemons, oranges, or grapefruit, peeling potatoes, and handling tomatoes. Wear them for tasks such as dishes, folding laundry (the fabric soaks the moisture out of the hands), peeling vegetables or for handling citrus fruits or tomatoes. Always replace gloves that develop holes. One should have enough waterproof gloves so that the insides of the gloves can dry between uses.

Plastic or vinyl is better than latex and powder free is much better than powdered when choosing gloves for people with sensitive hands. Heavy-duty vinyl gloves are better than rubber gloves. One may become allergic to rubber. Also, if latex gloves are worn at work, keep in mind that petroleum jelly based products and some others will damage them. Be sure to use an approved moisturizer if latex gloves are worn. Buy 3 to 6 pairs and place them in convenient locations, such as the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas. Wear leather or heavy-duty fabric gloves when doing non-wet housework and gardening.

Use of thin white cotton gloves as an absorbent liner under them underneath the waterproof gloves is highly recommended. Cotton gloves can also be worn alone during the day to protect hands from irritation. These cotton gloves should be washed frequently. A greasy ointment (prescription or white petroleum jelly, “Vaseline”) applied to hands and covered with cotton gloves at night can really help.

Don’t pick at any loose ends of skin. These loose ends are best clipped off with a small nail clipper or scissor. Painful spits and cracks can be sealed with “New Skin” (or if one is really careful, Krazy glue). Minor, repeated friction with tools or papers is the main problem for some. Keep hands out of the cold, dry air and wind. Protect ones hands for at least four months after the dermatitis has healed. It takes a long time for skin to recover, and unless one is careful the dermatitis may recur.

Therapies for severe problems

Ultraviolet light, with and without a drug called psoralen is very effective even for the most severe cases. In topical PUVA, the psoralen is applied to the hands prior to putting them under the UVA light, making the skin more sensitive to the light. As a result, the allergy cells in the skin are altered. This temporarily controls the allergy.

Another therapy used to modify the cells involved in the inflammation is Grenz ray therapy. This is an older treatment that is safe and effective. Grenz ray is a form black light that has energy that borders on X-ray, but it does not penetrate beyond the skin. Both procedures require several sessions to complete, and are done in addition to all of the other treatments and precautions. Once completed, the therapeutic benefit can last up to 6 months.

For blistered or oozing hand dermatitis, compresses may be prescribed. After the acute condition subsides in a week or so, stop the soaks and apply the prescription creams and recommended moisturizers. Recurrences will still appear, and the treatment can be repeated.

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Allergic Reactions to Hand-Washing

Hand-washing is important for many reasons—including preventing contamination of food and reducing transmission of infections. However, many people, such as health care workers, who wash their hands multiple times a day, can develop a rash on their hands. Up to 30% of healthcare workers develop hand rashes as a result of repetitive hand-washing.

There are some ways to figure out if your rash is caused. by hand-washing and to take steps to treat and prevent a rash on your hands—without sacrificing your hygiene.

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Hand rashes may occur throughout the year, and they are often worse during the dry, cold winter months. You may also notice them when you have been washing your hands more often or when you use certain products.

People who get rashes from repetitive hand-washing may experience:

  • Redness
  • Flaking
  • Blister formation
  • Cracking
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Chronic skin thickening

A rash from hand washing usually occurs on the back of the hands and can affect the spaces between the fingers. The skin on the palms is much thicker and more resistant to irritants and allergic rashes.


For people who wash their hands multiple times a day, hand rashes are usually caused by an irritant effect or an allergy. Warm or hot water can contribute to the irritant effect on the skin as well.

Sometimes contact dermatitis caused by irritation or allergies to chemicals in soaps and moisturizers can cause your rash. And atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) of the hands and feet may worsen with hand washing as well.

  • The diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis is made with the use of patch testing. 
  • Atopic dermatitis is often diagnosed during early childhood based on the clinical history and physical examination.

Another form of eczema that may worsen with handwashing is dyshidrotic eczema (or pompholyx), which occurs on the palms and fingers and can flare with stress. Dyshidrotic eczema often has the classic finding of small bumps and blisters along the sides of the fingers, as well as the palms, which resemble tapioca pudding.

While many people blame hand rashes on alcohol-based hand cleansers, these agents rarely cause contact dermatitis. Alcohol-based hand cleansers may cause burning and stinging, usually on skin that’s already broken and irritated.


Treatment of hand-washing rashes often involves moisturizing, such as at the end of a work shift and before bed. Ointment-based moisturizers, such as Aquaphor, are especially effective. Other over-the-counter products that can be effective are those that are specifically labeled for dry hands. Make sure to use a moisturizer that doesn’t cause additional irritation.

Topical corticosteroid creams and ointments may also be used, especially for the treatment of severe or persistent contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, or dyshidrotic dermatitis.

Make sure to avoid touching your face and eyes with moisturizer. Some moisturizers can cause red eyes, tearing, or breakouts on your face.


The prevention of hand rashes includes reducing the irritant effects of repetitive hand-washing. Hand-washing with soap and water is important when the hands are visibly dirty, but this isn’t the best way to disinfect your hands if it causes you to develop a rash.

Alcohol-based cleansers should be used when disinfection is the goal, as they cause less irritation on the skin than the repetitive use of soap and water. When using these products, it’s important that you rinse well before handling food.

If soap-based cleansers cause you to develop a rash, you can use alcohol-based hand cleansers as an alternative to soap. And if your hands feel dry, consider applying a moisturizer to prevent chapping and cracking.

Help! I can’t get rid of this rash on my hands

The question

I’m a healthy 34-year-old woman. A few months ago, i noticed a few tiny blisters that turn into dry, painful skin on the palm of my hand. It’s now on both palms and spreading. My dermatologist prescribed a cortisone cream and diagnosed it as eczema, but it doesn’t seem to be curing it.

What advice do you have? My diet is considerably healthy (I’m a vegetarian and don’t eat a lot of sugar).

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The answer

From your description, it sounds like your body may be reacting to something in the environment. A general term used to describe the inflammatory reaction of the skin to a trigger in the environment is called dermatitis (eczema is one type of dermatitis).

When it affects your hands in the pattern that you describe with the initial blistering progressing to dry, painful skin – this may be a more specific type of dermatitis called dishydrotic eczema. This is also known as hand eczema or vesicular eczema and can affect the feet as well.

It is not entirely clear what triggers this reaction, but it is thought to be multifactorial and due to exposure to irritants such as soap, cleansers, rubbing alcohol and occasionally may be due to exposure to metals such as nickel and materials such as latex. This is a common condition in people who work with chemicals or metals regularly such as hair stylists or mechanics or those who have regular exposure to moisture when doing tasks like cooking or cleaning.

Of note, dishydrotic eczema is more common in women and stress may also play a role in triggering symptoms.

Having seasonal allergies or suffering from skin conditions such as you do with eczema, also puts you at higher risk for this condition.

Given that it seems linked to exposure, the first step is to avoid these triggers which may help alleviate symptoms.

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  • Avoid scented products (creams, detergents, soaps)
  • Limit exposure to chemicals and water: Especially relevant if you work in an occupation where you have exposure to chemicals, wearing gloves to act as a barrier may protect your skin. At home, you may want to consider gloves when cooking and cleaning.
  • Manage stress: easier said than done, but regular exercise, eating a healthy diet as you already do and other stress reduction techniques may help manage symptoms.

Other therapies which may help to alleviate symptoms:

Topical steroids: These come in different potency creams or ointments and depending on the location, severity and your own history – your doctor can prescribe accordingly.

These are meant to be used sparingly and use caution if used near eyes/mucous membranes. If your condition and symptoms are severe, your doctor may consider a short course of oral steroids.

Antihistamines: If you have severe itch, antihistamines may be helpful to manage symptoms and can come in non-drowsy formulations over-the-counter.

Phototherapy: If the aforementioned treatments are not effective, your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist for consideration of ultraviolet light therapy which can be helpful for some people.

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It is important to note that when the skin becomes dry and painful, bacteria can enter through small cracks in the skin and result in infection – which may need topical or oral antibiotics.

Dishydrotic eczema can be a challenging condition to treat as minimizing exposure to triggers is difficult to achieve, but a focused effort and use of medication may help to relieve this common condition.

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Itchy Palms Can Be a Serious Condition, Not Just a Superstition

Have you ever heard the superstition about itchy palms and money? Hopefully, your itchy hands will bring you sudden riches, but they’re more likely to be a sign of an irritating skin condition.

Some say itchy palms are a sign of greed. Others say that if your palms itch, it means there will be money in your future.  When your left-hand itches it is said to be a sign that money will be coming your way and a itchy right-hand means money will be flowing out of your pocket.

Although the supernatural causes of itchy palms may never be known, there are many natural reasons why your hands might itch.


Eczema, also called dermatitis, is a common condition caused by inflammation of the skin. There are many different types of eczema, and symptoms can range from severe blistering to mild itching and cracked skin.

Some forms of eczema, such as dyshidrotic eczema, can present as red, cracked and scaly skin or small, itchy, fluid-filled blisters on the palms, sides of the fingers, toes, and soles of the feet. This type of eczema is often triggered by seasonal allergies or stress, and blisters can last for several weeks.

Using a mild soap and a high-quality moisturizer after bathing can help ease the symptoms of eczema. In some cases, your dermatologist may prescribe a steroid ointment or cream to reduce swelling and treat the blisters, or they may recommend an oral steroid such as prednisone.

“Excessive hand washing can also trigger eczema,” says Dr. Sital Patel, a board-certified dermatologist with U.S. Dermatology Partners Four Points. “Each time you wash your hands, some of the skin’s natural oils go down the drain, and many soaps can be especially harsh on sensitive skin. The best line of defense is to rinse your hands in lukewarm water and moisturize with thick cream or ointment often throughout the day.  For excessive dryness, you can even apply a petroleum jelly-derived ointment or thick moisturizing cream at and cover with cotton gloves at night.”


Itchy-foot soles or palms are also common symptoms of psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune inflammatory condition that affects more than 6 million people in the U.S. Psoriasis is caused when the immune system mistakes skin cells for a virus or other infection and responds by overproducing more skin cells.

Psoriasis is thought to be genetic, but it can also be triggered by factors such as stress, cold weather, hormones or infections like staph or strep throat. Some medications, like lithium and beta-blockers, have also been linked to psoriasis flare-ups.

Postular psoriasis can appear on the hands and feet as small white blisters and areas of redness. The condition is most common in women and can return several times over the course of months or even years. Inflammation of the joints is also a possible side effect.

Treatment of psoriasis typically begins with a mild topical cream and can progress to include prescription medications and phototherapy.

Dry Skin

In the winter months, the humidity of outdoor air sharply declines. At the same time, indoor heating strips moisture from indoor air. This dryness can lead to cracked, bleeding skin and itchiness.

“Colder temperatures are really hard on your skin — especially your hands,” says Dr. Patel. “The best defense is to include a high-quality moisturizer in your daily routine and use it often throughout the day.”

Frequently applying thick ointments, creams, and lotions to hands before they become dry is the best way to ensure that skin stays soft and smooth. Moisturizers should be applied after washing and drying hands and can also be used overnight with a pair of cotton gloves to retain moisture.

Using a humidifier to add moisture to dry inside air can also help to ease itchy skin on your hands — and the rest of your body.


Often, itchy palms and hands indicate an allergic reaction to something you have touched. Symptoms can present immediately or even hours later and may include a rash, extremely dry skin, hives, blisters or a burning or stinging sensation.

Your doctor may prescribe antihistamines or corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation and itching caused by an allergic reaction.

Dyshidrotic eczema can also be triggered by an allergy to nickel, cobalt or other metals that can be found in costume jewelry and other objects. An allergist can perform a patch test to determine which metals you are allergic to.

“Many household cleaners and chemicals can irritate your skin and cause an allergic or irritant reaction,” says Dr. Patel. “It is important to always wear protective gloves when using chemicals. Cotton gloves are best and should be worn under rubber or waterproof gloves to protect your skin from sweat and chemicals while cleaning and washing dishes.”


Itchy hands could also be an early sign of diabetes, a serious disease that occurs when the body does not respond normally to insulin. Eruptive xanthomatosis, a skin condition associated with diabetes, often causes itchy hands and feet. Other symptoms include small, yellow bumps surrounded by redness. Typically, when diabetes is under control, your skin condition also clears.

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Dyshidrosis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments


What is dyshidrosis?

Dyshidrosis is a skin condition that causes small blisters and dry, itchy skin. It usually develops on fingers, hands and feet. It is also known as dyshidrotic eczema (DE), acute palmoplantar eczema or pompholyx.

This type of eczema is a chronic (long-term) condition. With treatment, most people can control their symptoms. Dyshidrosis is not contagious (cannot pass from person to person).

Who is most at risk for getting dyshidrosis?

Anyone can develop dyshidrosis. The condition is most common in adults between ages 20 and 40. In occupational or clinical settings, dyshidrotic eczema accounts for 5 to 20 percent of all cases of hand dermatitis.

Women are more likely than men to develop dyshidrosis. This gender difference may be because women are exposed to certain skin irritants more often than men. These irritants include things like nickel or cobalt in jewelry.

You are at higher risk of developing dyshidrosis if:

  • Other members of your family have the condition.
  • You have a history of atopic or contact dermatitis.
  • You receive immunoglobulin infusions. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is injections of antibodies for people with an immune deficiency.

Symptoms and Causes

What causes dyshidrosis?

The exact cause of dyshidrosis is not known. It may occur because of triggers including:

  • Increased stress
  • Allergies, including hay fever
  • Frequently moist or sweaty hands and feet
  • Exposure or contact allergy to certain substances, including cement, nickel, cobalt or chromium

What are the symptoms of dyshidrosis?

Dyshidrosis causes symptoms that come and go. These symptoms may last for several weeks at a time. The most common symptoms of dyshidrosis include:

  • Small, firm blisters on the sides of fingers, palms of hands, and soles of feet
  • Itchy, scaly skin at or around blisters
  • Pain at or around blisters
  • Sweating heavily around areas of skin affected by blisters
  • Dry, cracked skin that appears as blisters fade
  • Thickened skin where itchy, blistered skin appears

The skin on your fingers, hands, and feet may thicken if scratched frequently. Large blisters or large areas of blisters may become infected and can be painful.

Management and Treatment

How is dyshidrosis treated at home?

For many people, effective treatment of dyshidrosis starts with an at-home skin care routine. Home care might include:

  • Using warm water instead of hot water when washing your hands
  • Soaking your hands and feet in cool water to improve symptoms
  • Applying cool compresses 2 to 4 times each day, for up to 15 minutes each time, to reduce discomfort or itching
  • Applying moisturizers frequently each day to improve dry skin

Your doctor may recommend medications such as topical corticosteroids or oral antihistamines. These antihistamines include fexofenadine (Allegra®) or cetirizine (Zyrtec®). These medications help reduce inflammation and itching.

What if home treatment isn’t enough for dyshidrosis?

Sometimes doctors recommend prescription-strength creams, like clobetasol. These treatments can reduce pain and itching.

In more severe cases, skin care routines and medications like antihistamines are not enough to control symptoms. If other treatments do not work, your doctor may recommend further treatment options, including:

  • Systemwide corticosteroids: Sometimes, topical corticosteroids are not enough to relieve symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe an oral or injectable corticosteroid, such as prednisone (Deltasone®).
  • System wide non-steroidal immune suppression: Long term use of oral steroids is not recommended. Medications such as methotrexate or mycophenolate mofetil may be used in treating chronic disease.
  • Phototherapy: Exposing your skin to UV light may improve symptoms. You may receive phototherapy treatments at your doctor’s office or at a hospital.

What should I expect after dyshidrosis treatment?

This condition usually disappears with treatment, but it may come back later. You may need to follow a specific skin care routine at home or continue using medication to reduce symptoms.


Can dyshidrosis be prevented?

Dyshidrosis is a chronic, or lifelong, medical condition. While it may not be possible to prevent dyshidrosis, you can take action to reduce your likelihood of further flare-ups.

Prevention methods include a good skin care routine and medications such as antihistamines to manage symptoms. Further therapies, like phototherapy, can help as needed.

Outlook / Prognosis

What is the prognosis (outlook) for people with dyshidrosis?

There is no cure for dyshidrosis. You may have infrequent flare-ups throughout your life. However, you may recover from mild dyshidrosis without treatment.

Skin irritation from hand washing

Hand hygiene is an essential public health measure in fighting disease spread, especially during the pandemic. More than ever, people are urged to wash their hands regularly and diligently with soap and water to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

With more washing, sanitizing and disinfecting, the skin might become dry and develop dermatitis, a skin inflammation that can appear as red, itchy, cracked, or sore skin.

Samuel Hwang, professor and chair of the department of Dermatology at UC Davis Health, shares best practices to help prevent and treat dry skin induced by over-washing.

Excessive hand washing causing skin irritation

The skin works as a shield protecting the body from germs. Its outermost layer has oils and wax to help maintain the skin’s natural moisture.

Using soap and constant scrubbing when washing can irritate the skin barrier, leading to the loss of its natural oils. Many soaps contain ingredients that can trigger dermatitis. This is especially a problem for people with sensitive skin, eczema or a history of allergies to cosmetic products. With time, the skin might develop dryness, redness, itching, flaking, and, in some cases, cracks.

Wash, pat dry, then moisturize

Dry, cracked skin makes it easier for germs to enter the body and cause inflammation. To prevent skin inflammation, Hwang recommends five basic skin-friendly hand hygiene steps:

  1. Use mild, fragrance-free soap to remove dirt.
  2. Avoid using too much soap that creates a thick lather.
  3. Wash with warm, not hot water, for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Pat dry the hands with a towel.
  5. Once hands are dry, apply a moisturizer immediately.

“One cannot over moisturize,” Hwang said. “As people cannot avoid hand washing, it is recommended that they use thick hand cream immediately after washing to keep the hands moisturized.”

Hwang also advises people to use creams and ointments instead of lotions. Petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) is an excellent moisturizer that does not contain skin irritating ingredients such as lanolin and preservatives. They can also use soap rich in moisturizing ingredients such as avocado oil, shea butter and coconut oil.

If the dermatitis gets really bad, a dermatologist may have to prescribe a steroid ointment to reduce the inflammation.  


Hand Eczema | About and Treatments

Hand eczema

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Why does eczema appear on the hands?

How is hand eczema treated?

What are the treatments for severe hand eczema?

Practical tips for looking after your hands


Person scratching hand eczema

Hand eczema is one of the most common types of eczema (also referred to as ‘dermatitis’). It mainly affects the palms but can also affect other parts of the hand. The main symptoms are dry, itchy and red skin affecting the whole hand, including the fingers. Other symptoms may include cracking, soreness and bleeding. In some cases, blisters may develop. The skin is generally dry, scaly and thickened, and the fingers can become quite swollen when the eczema is flaring. If the eczema is severe over a long time, the hands can become very painful, making it difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks such as doing up buttons, holding a pen or using a computer.

The skin forms part of the immune system and helps to protect against infection. It not only provides a physical barrier, but the layers of skin contain specialised cells that destroy invading foreign proteins (antigens) such as bacteria and viruses. In people with eczema, the immune system overreacts in the skin, making it red and itchy.

Why does eczema appear on the hands?

There can be a variety of reasons why eczema appears on the hands. For example, the hands can be affected by irritant or allergic contact dermatitis or both at the same time.

Coming into contact with irritants such as dust, detergents, cleaning agents, airborne sprays or even just frequent hand-washing can cause irritant hand eczema (irritant contact dermatitis of the hands). The skin on the palms of the hands is much thicker than elsewhere on the body (apart from the soles of the feet) and is normally able to withstand a great deal of wear and tear. But in people who regularly immerse their hands in detergents or solvents, the protective barrier of the skin breaks down, and eczema may develop. People who have this form of hand eczema often have a history of eczema in childhood.

Allergic hand eczema (allergic contact dermatitis of the hands) arises as a result of an allergic reaction to a particular substance in the environment. It is possible to be allergic to a number of different substances, but common causes of contact sensitivity include nickel, fragrances, preservative chemicals, rubber and various plants, amongst other things. Once a person’s immune system has identified a substance as ‘harmful’, they will react to the substance every time their skin is exposed to it, and this reaction becomes more severe on every exposure to the allergen.

When an allergic reaction of this kind is suspected, your GP should refer you to a dermatologist, who will normally perform patch tests to try to identify the allergic cause.

Pompholyx eczema (also known as dyshidrotic eczema/dermatitis) is another type of eczema that affects the hands (and feet). Usually pompholyx eczema involves the development of intensely itchy, watery blisters, mostly affecting the sides of the fingers, the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Some people have pompholyx eczema on their hands and/or feet with other types of eczema elsewhere on the body. This condition can occur at any age but is most common before the age of 40 years.

The onset can be very sudden and the cause is unknown, although it is thought that factors such as stress, sensitivity to metal compounds (such as nickel, cobalt or chromate), heat and sweating can aggravate this condition. The skin is initially very itchy, and if you scratch, the blisters burst causing soreness and weeping. The skin will then dry out and often peel. Pompholyx can occur as an isolated event or may come and go in cycles. For more information, please see National Eczema Society’s factsheet on Pompholyx eczema.

How is hand eczema treated?

It is important to avoid any relevant irritants or allergens, and apply emollients and topical steroids as necessary.


Emollients are medical moisturisers (creams, gels and ointments) that are available over-the-counter in pharmacies and on prescription. They should be used frequently throughout the day – even when the eczema is not active/flaring – to keep the skin moist and prevent it from drying out. Ointments are effective for very dry skin, but you might find them too greasy to use during the day. If so, use an ointment at night – under a pair of cotton gloves – and apply a cream frequently throughout the day. A leave-on emollient or an emollient soap substitute should be used for washing, since soap de-greases the skin and can also act as an irritant. It is a good idea to carry around a small pot of emollient to use for handwashing during the day, so you can avoid detergent hand washes. For more information and practical tips on emollients, please see National Eczema Society’s Emollients factsheet.

Topical steroids

Topical steroids treat active eczema by reducing inflammation; this will reduce red, sore and cracked skin. Hands usually require stronger steroids (the skin of the palms is thick), so potent topical steroids are usually prescribed (moderately potent for children). They should be used for a short treatment burst, generally 2 weeks. If the skin is infected, you may be prescribed an antimicrobial treatment in the form of a cream or even a tablet. For more information, see National Eczema Society’s Topical steroids factsheet.


Wearing gloves may help to protect your hands from irritants and allergens, although you will still need to establish a good skincare routine using a soap substitute and an emollient cream or ointment. Ensure that the gloves give complete protection and that the insides remain dry. For general purposes and household tasks, rubber or PVC gloves with a cotton liner, or PVC gloves worn over cotton gloves, should suffice. Even when the eczema has cleared, the hands can remain very sensitive, so the use of cotton gloves within rubber gloves can be helpful when performing wet tasks.

Some jobs may recommend the use of barrier creams to protect employees’ hands. We would advise that people with hand eczema always use protective gloves (which should be provided by their workplace) and never barrier creams. Discuss any concerns with your Occupational Health department, who will provide the correct gloves for hand protection in the workplace.

What are the treatments for severe hand eczema?

If your hand eczema is severe, discuss the possibility of a dermatology referral with your GP. The referral may be for diagnosing contact allergy (patch testing) or for treatment, which may include a short course of oral steroids or immunosuppressants (e.g. azathioprine, ciclosporin, or methotrexate). Alternatively, dermatology departments may recommend alitretinoin (Toctino) or phototherapy, as described below.

Alitretinoin (Toctino)

Toctino is an oral treatment licensed for use in adults with severe chronic hand eczema that has not responded to treatment with potent topical steroids. Toctino is not known to be helpful for treating eczema on any other part of the body.

The active ingredient in Toctino is alitretinoin, a type of chemical that is naturally found in the body, and is known as a retinoid (as it is related to vitamin A). Toctino comes as a capsule in two strengths – 10 mg or 30 mg – and is taken once a day with a meal. Your doctor will decide which strength you need. Toctino has been shown to be effective in patients with severe hand eczema. It works by reducing the inflammation associated with eczema as well as damping down the response of the immune system. The treatment period is usually 12-24 weeks, depending on how your condition responds to this treatment.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most frequent side effects are headaches, dry lips and skin, flushing, changes in blood fats (e.g. cholesterol) and decreased levels of thyroid hormone. Not everyone will experience these, but if you notice any side effects while taking Toctino, you should discuss them with your doctor, who may reduce your dose.

WARNING: Toctino is not to be taken by women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive. The drug can only be prescribed if a pregnancy test is negative. Regular pregnancy tests will be taken during treatment. You must avoid becoming pregnant during treatment and for 1 month after stopping treatment (e.g. by using two effective methods of contraception). Patients receiving accompanying treatment with the specific antibiotic group of ‘tetracyclines’ should not take Toctino due to the risk of the drugs interacting with each other.


Phototherapy (UVB or PUVA), using either UVB or UVA rays administered by a special foot/hand light box, may be recommended if this treatment option is available locally to you. Assessment and treatment (2-3 times a week) would usually take place in a dermatology department. In some areas of the UK you may be loaned a light box so you can administer your treatment at home, although you will continue to be monitored by the dermatology department. Prior to treatment, your hands are coated in a light-sensitising solution called psoralen (the ‘P’ in PUVA). Phototherapy treatment usually continues for a few months until the eczema has resolved.

Practical tips for looking after your hands

  • Use a soap substitute or your usual leave-on emollient to wash your hands with, and avoid plain water. Pat your hands dry with a soft towel rather than rough paper towels, and then re-apply your leave-on emollient.
  • Never wash your hands with soap while wearing a ring as it can collect under the ring and cause irritation. Rings should not be worn during housework, even when the eczema has visibly healed, as cleaning products and dust can become trapped under them and irritate the skin.
  • When drying your hands, take special care between the fingers where the skin is more prone to dryness and cracking, and build-up of soap residue.
  • When washing up, use plastic or non-allergenic rubber protective gloves with cotton liners, or – even better – use a dishwasher. Try not to wear plastic/rubber gloves for more than 20 minutes at a time as they can cause the skin to sweat, which can aggravate eczema. Avoid direct contact with detergents, cleaning agents, solvents and stain removers.
  • Do not peel citrus fruit, onions, chillies or garlic with bare hands. Many fruits and vegetables are irritants. If you do handle them with bare hands, wash your hands as soon as possible afterwards and apply an emollient.
  • Wearing rings (especially those made from inexpensive metals that may contain nickel) may worsen hand eczema.
  • People with a history of hand eczema need to carefully consider their choice of career, as certain occupations carry the risk of contact with substances that may cause irritation and/or allergy. These commonly include: hairdressing, catering, healthcare professions, metal work, floristry, mechanics, domestic/cleaning work, some types of engineering, and printing.

To obtain the information on this page in a PDF format, please download our Hand eczema factsheet, below.

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Features of the rash in adults

Quite often, a rash appears on the palms of adults, and it can have a different nature of origin. According to experts, the causes of the rash in adults are the same as in children, although there are some peculiarities.The most common type is spots from 2 mm to 3 cm. Their appearance is due to the expansion of blood vessels.

Occasionally a rash in adults can be in the form of papules – nodules or seals of the skin. The nodules are cone-shaped, flat, elongated, multifaceted, and depressed in the center. After treatment, there are no traces of them, but there are unpleasant exceptions.

It is worth noting that a rash in adults can appear due to autoimmune and sexually transmitted diseases, herpes, sepsis, meningitis, and so on.

In an adult, a rash on the palms and feet occurs quite rarely, since the skin is much coarser and thicker than that of a child. However, rashes can occur frequently on the back of the hands. Blisters can indicate the presence of allergic dermatitis, eczema, or herpes. Pustules may indicate the presence of furunculosis, folliculitis and other diseases. If blisters occur, we can talk about the presence of an allergic reaction to local contact with the allergen.

Spots can cause dermatitis, vitiligo, leukoderma, and nodules are formed in psoriasis, dermatitis, lichen, eczema.

Infections, especially children, often have such a symptom as a rash on any part of the body of a different nature. Such diseases include: chickenpox, meningococcal infection, and many others. A rash on children’s palms is often an undeniable sign of the development of such ailments.

Allergy can also manifest itself as a similar lesion to the skin of the palms or feet in children or adults. Sometimes it appears at the site of contact with the allergen. In other cases, the substance enters the body with breathing or with food, and rashes appear in response to this, as a general reaction.

Inflammation on the skin of the feet and palms can appear even with subsequent suppuration of the opening vesicles and pustules. This happens when infectious agents are attached to the lesions on the skin.

In principle, all factors that cause a rash on the palms of children can provoke similar symptoms in adults. This applies to:

  • Contact, cold and systemic allergies. The reactions of individual intolerance are accompanied by itching and discomfort.Allergies on the palms of the hands in adults are quite rare.
  • Enterovirus infection.
  • Meningococcal infection.
  • Scabies.
  • Helminthic invasions.
  • Classic “children’s” infectious diseases – measles, rubella, scarlet fever, chickenpox.

True, staphylococci in adults do not cause a rash on the palms and body. The pathogenic activity of such bacteria leads to the appearance of more serious symptoms – boils, carbuncles, etc.Also, adults do not have prickly heat on the palms.

There are other causes of a rash on the palms in adulthood, including:

  • Eczema.
  • Syphilis.
  • Yersiniosis.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Herpes.

It is within the power of a dermatologist or a therapist to identify the causes of the rash and make an accurate diagnosis.

In adults, a rash on the hands is provoked by some skin ailments:

  • Eczema.It is a chronic, non-contagious ailment in which a rash forms on the palms in the form of blisters, erythema and papules. Rashes can form on other parts of the hands. The elements of the rash often merge, forming erosive or weeping areas. The progression of the disease can lead to the appearance of crusts and scales on the skin. Most often, the elements of the rash itch, there is a risk of a secondary infection.
  • Psoriasis. This is another non-contagious dermatological disease that can begin with damage to the back of the palms, the area between the fingers and the fingers themselves.Rashes in psoriasis have the appearance of well-defined papules, painted in a bright pink color. Reddish and dry spots rise above the surface of the epidermis, which itch and flake. Peeling, bleeding, damage to the nail plate is possible.

Syphilis rash

Infection with treponema pallidum can lead to various skin rashes. A rash on the palms and hands can appear with secondary syphilis, when the pathogen spreads through the blood through the body.The rash may differ and look like:

  • Roseol. These are specks of a pale pink color (sometimes darker, red and even brown), not exceeding a centimeter in diameter. They appear gradually, but rather symptomatically. The red rash on the palms brightens when pressed, does not cause discomfort and pain, and disappears over time.
  • Papules. These are nodules that protrude slightly above the skin. They seem even and smooth, and a few days after formation they peel off somewhat.This does not cause discomfort.
  • Pustules. This rash looks like small blisters. They can be filled with fluid – blood or pus, sometimes burst and form weeping sores.

Other causes of the rash

Among the possible causes of the appearance of a rash on the palms in adults, there is also:

  • Yersiniosis. It is an intestinal infection that can be transmitted to humans from animals (for example, through insufficiently processed food or water).The disease causes symptoms of intoxication (temperature, loss of appetite), dyspeptic symptoms. This ailment is characterized by a rash on the palms and feet (like socks and gloves), which looks like specks and papules, small dots and rather large spots. It is usually distinguished by a pink-red color, hemorrhagic inclusions are clearly fixed in it. Rashes sometimes cause a burning sensation, and after they disappear, the epidermis on the legs and arms flakes.
  • Herpes. A rash in the form of blisters on the palms of adults is a symptom of herpes (the same as on the lips).The occurrence of such rashes happens if the herpes virus has penetrated the damaged skin in such areas of the body. The activity of the pathogen initially causes pain at the site of future rashes, some redness and swelling. After that, bubbles swell on the skin, a transparent liquid is visually visible in them. They cause pain and noticeable discomfort, and after 3-4 days they ulcerate, forming small crusts, which subsequently disappear.

Undoubtedly, only a doctor can determine whether a rash on the palms is a symptom of a serious illness or a manifestation of insignificant disturbances in the functioning of the body.Therefore, self-medication with such symptoms is not the best solution.

Causes of a rash on the palms of the hands

A rash on the palms and feet of a child often occurs due to infectious diseases. Among the most common diseases are:

  • rubella;
  • scabies;
  • measles;
  • chickenpox.

With these diseases, rashes can be all over the body. Each parent should be able to distinguish between skin rashes in the presence of an infection in order to take timely measures to eliminate the disease.

Measles is accompanied by a fever, and the rash is located on the entire surface of the skin. Chickenpox also spreads throughout the body, but differs in that blisters form on the skin. Rubella is characterized by the fact that the rash is localized on the palms, thighs and abdomen. In this case, the rash has a red tint, does not cause significant discomfort. Scabies appears as a small rash on areas of the body that have folds.

The rash can manifest itself in the presence of fungal diseases, psoriasis, as well as vascular diseases.

A rash on the palms (and feet) in adults and children appears for the same reasons. Consider the factors contributing to the occurrence of rashes on the palms:

  • allergic reaction. Hands are most often exposed to contact with highly allergenic substances – household chemicals, cosmetics, clothing, pets, food and other antigens, resulting in a rash on the palms;
  • inflammatory process resulting from exposure to cold temperatures, ultraviolet rays, heat, radiation, electric current;
  • Dyshidrosis (prickly heat, eczematous dermatitis) is a manifestation of perspiration disorders, which is expressed in the form of watery blisters.Most often, the rash itches, but sometimes the rash does not cause discomfort. Pathology is provoked by pregnancy, allergies, prolonged interaction with water, cosmetics, washing and cleaning products. To avoid infection, the bubbles should not be combed;
  • eczema rash – occurs due to a reaction to an allergenic substance or infection. For example, enteroviral sore throat – a disease caused by an intestinal virus that affects the palms and feet in adults and children, after which the rash passes into the oral cavity and a rise in temperature is likely;
  • Autoimmune diseases – psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis.

Causes of rashes on the palms

Carrying out treatment

If a rash appears, the palms lose their aesthetic appearance, plus there is a risk of a certain disease. That is why doctors recommend contacting specialists after its first manifestations. If this is a child, then you should contact a pediatrician, for adults it is better to go to a dermatologist right away.

The essence of therapy will depend on the nature of the origin of the irritation. Accordingly, various antihistamines, compresses, phototherapy and a number of other methods can be used.The main thing is to correctly determine the cause of the rash in the palm of your hand, the effectiveness of treatment directly depends on this.

A rash on the palms and feet of a child is a serious pathology that requires competent complex treatment. This problem may indicate a complex illness in which the child needs immediate help.

Every parent is worried if the baby is impaired. Particular excitement is caused by a rash on the palms and feet of a child, since it is quite difficult to diagnose it correctly.There are certain factors that provoke the appearance of rashes on the skin, which can only be recognized by a competent specialist.

These diseases must be taken very seriously, because if the disease is neglected, it can have a devastating effect on the child. Only a qualified doctor can establish the correct diagnosis and prescribe the required treatment.

Rash on the baby’s palms and feet can be associated with the most common non-compliance with the rules of personal hygiene.A rash can occur with the wrong hygiene product.

Many parents ask themselves the question: if there is a rash on the feet and palms of a child, what to do. Complex therapy is required, which implies the use of ointments and creams that help eliminate itching. Treatment is prescribed strictly individually, depending on the reasons that provoked the rash.

In case of bacterial diseases, antibiotics are indicated, viral infections – antiviral drugs, mycoses – antifungal agents.Depending on the severity of the course of the disease, the doctor may prescribe means for external use, which must be used together with the tablets.

In case of allergies, you need to exclude the allergen, take antihistamines. Scabies is treated by applying sulfuric ointment to the affected area.

It is very important to know not only on the palms and feet of children, but also how to alleviate the condition of the child. It is imperative to observe hygiene, wear clothes made from natural fabrics, make baths with baking soda or decoctions of medicinal herbs.

A rash in a child’s palms can appear due to various reasons. It can be of different forms, therefore, only a doctor should make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment.

In the presence of a small rash on the palms or other parts of the body, the development of an infectious disease can be suspected. In this case, pimples are accompanied by fever, chills, sore throat or abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and coughing.

The listed symptoms may indicate a child’s infection:

  • rubella;
  • measles;
  • chickenpox;
  • scarlet fever;
  • meningococcus.

The most dangerous is meningococcal disease, as the rash with it bleeds and is accompanied by fever. If left untreated, death can occur. Therefore, it is important at the first symptoms to urgently seek medical help in order to save the life and health of the patient.

Since children are actively exploring the world, they often have allergies. Local allergies most often make themselves felt due to contact with various substances: house dust, field plants or other allergens.

If a child is allergic to something, his skin may not only become covered with rashes, but at the same time the body temperature may rise, itching, cough may occur.


Rashes can occur due to inflammation of blood vessels and small capillaries. The doctor diagnoses a hemorrhagic rash. Diseases of the cardiovascular system and internal organs can also manifest as punctate subcutaneous hemorrhages. Hemorrhagic rash is treated only in a hospital under the strict supervision of a doctor.

Sometimes prickly heat or other unpleasant symptoms on the body of a child occurs due to non-compliance with the rules of personal hygiene.

If a rash appears on the child’s feet, do not self-medicate. Show it to the doctor, as the treatment must be prescribed correctly and individually. To make a diagnosis, the doctor may ask the parents whether the temperature has risen, what kind of stool the child has, whether there are headaches or muscle pains, how the baby behaves, whether he complains of a rash.

The foot may become covered with a rash due to diaper dermatitis, prickly heat, measles, chickenpox, urticaria, psoriasis, insect bites.

Sometimes parents begin to smear the rash with brilliant green or other ointments. This should not be done until the doctor has seen the child.

Infectious diseases;


Inflammatory processes;

Vascular diseases.

Infectious diseases often spread to the entire body, including the feet and palms.These diseases include rubella, chickenpox, measles, meningococcal infection, and many others.

The cause of a rash on the palms can be allergic reactions, as often the lesion occurs at the site of contact with the allergen. The substance can enter the body with food, causing the rash to spread throughout the body.

The inflammatory process can be manifested by subsequent suppuration on the skin of the feet and palms, as well as the subsequent opening of the rash.This happens if an infection joins the rash.




Wool of some animals;

Household dust;

Some plants.

Runny nose;


It is necessary to carry out diagnostics in order to timely recognize an allergy and start treatment. The complex of therapy can only be selected by a qualified doctor.

How to heal quickly This question is of interest to many parents. At the very beginning of the onset of rashes, you need to consult a dermatologist, since it is very difficult to get rid of the rash on your own. It is possible to establish the exact cause of the formation of a rash only with a comprehensive diagnosis. The causes and treatment of a rash on the palms and feet can be very different, for example, antihistamines are prescribed for allergies, and antibiotics are prescribed for infections.

When carrying out therapy, topical ointments and creams must be prescribed.Such funds will help to cope with itching, scratching, painful sensations, skin irritation.

Sometimes rashes appear on the palms and feet. This is a hemorrhagic rash. She looks in the photo as red spots, which are small subcutaneous hemorrhages. This can be a manifestation of vascular disorders in the body. It happens that these spots merge into areas of considerable size.

Dermatitis and allergic processes can provoke a rash on the palms of a child or adults.For such pathologies, rashes in the form of nodules are characteristic, but vesicles (vesicles with serous contents) may also appear. Often this part of the body itches a lot, and the skin around is red.

It happens that the rash in a child has a vesiculopustular nature. Usually, such rashes are observed not only on the hands, but also on the entire surface of the baby’s body. The temperature rises. This is a very dangerous and life-threatening disease.

Rash in the form of nodules also accompanies such infectious ailments as measles and measles rubella.They appear 2-3 days after the onset of the disease and are characterized by severe redness of the skin. This rash may not bother the sick person at all, unlike the rash with chickenpox.

In this case, the skin of the whole body, including the palms and feet, becomes covered with vesicles (bubbles with fluid), which itch a lot. Then they spontaneously open up, and crusts are formed, which later flake off. If the rash is not combed, then, usually, no traces remain.

If you notice the feet, do not start the treatment yourself.In order not to disrupt the clinical picture and not to complicate the diagnosis, you should not lubricate the rash with agents that significantly change their appearance (iodine, brilliant green, fukortsin).

Before visiting a doctor at home, it is necessary to provide rest for the affected surfaces. This will help prevent damage. In addition, you need to maintain cleanliness and dryness (if possible) of the skin. It is important to be treated by strictly following your doctor’s orders. All the procedures that have to be performed will be aimed at getting rid of the underlying ailment.

Before contacting a doctor, keep your palms calm, clean, dry, cool. Too warm air and high humidity contribute to the deterioration of the condition.

The doctor will prescribe the following types of treatment measures to the patient:

  1. To relieve or relieve itching, the doctor will prescribe antiallergic drugs taking into account the nature of the rash and the individual characteristics of the patient;
  2. Chelation therapy is used to remove toxic particles from the body.Especially often, this method of treatment is associated with the effect of metals on the body. Thanks to the procedure, rashes are minimized;
  3. Compresses made from medicines and traditional medicine are used to relieve itching and inflammation;
  4. Light therapy – a non-invasive method of treatment associated with exposure to light on the affected skin;
  5. If the above treatment does not bring results, the use of hormonal agents is recommended – corticosteroids are used in the form of ointments, gels and creams that are applied to the palm of your hand.If local therapy is ineffective, corticosteroid drugs – capsules, tablets – are administered orally.

Subcutaneous red spots on the palms


Diseases with skin rashes have various symptoms:

  • chickenpox is characterized by red spots similar to insect bites;
  • Blisters form on the palms of the Coxsackie virus;
  • Far Eastern scarlet fever (pseudotuberculosis) begins asymptomatically with subsequent appearance of seals on the palms, which turn red and become maroon;
  • Hemorrhagic rash is characterized by small red spots that resemble subcutaneous hemorrhages.Over time, the reddish dots merge and represent one continuous large spot;
  • with inflammatory skin lesions, the rash is manifested by nodules and vesicles on the palms;
  • acute infectious and viral diseases – measles and measles rubella are manifested by a rash that forms 2-3 days after the onset of the disease;
  • chickenpox – rashes are localized on the palms, feet, and the whole body. The patient develops a vesicular rash – vesicles with serous exudate, which itch strongly and then break open with the formation of crusts.If you scratch the crusts, traces of the disease usually remain.

Rash on the palms, itching and itching

Depending on the pathology that prompted the skin rash, the following symptoms occur:

  • Palms itch, swell, hurt, hypersensitive. Itching usually worsens in the evening;
  • irritation on the skin of the palms;
  • cough;
  • runny nose;
  • fever with a rise in temperature;
  • sore throat;
  • increased sweating.

Allergies on palms and hands

Peculiarities of rashes


Household dust;

Some plants.

Runny nose;




Prickly heat;

Contact with poisonous plants;

Insect bites.

Chickenpox is characterized by widespread red watery blisters, which cause significant discomfort and itching.Young children often scratch the blisters, and a crust forms in their place. Miliaria is characterized by the fact that a small rash can affect absolutely any part of the skin. In the absence of sufficient hygiene, prickly heat can develop into more serious diseases.

Any manifestation of the rash should be a cause for concern, as it can be caused by a serious illness.

Prevention of rashes

To prevent relapses – the return of the rash after treatment – it is necessary to observe preventive measures.It is important to prevent excessive sweating, dry hands, and eliminate the negative effects of toxic substances. To do this, when in contact with cold, hot water, cleaning agents, it is recommended to use latex gloves.

To avoid irritation, wash off the soap thoroughly after washing your hands, wash only with warm water. Hand care is mandatory: the use of moisturizing, regenerating creams has a positive effect on the restoration of the skin on the palms. If the skin is clean and healthy, pathogens will not be able to penetrate, therefore, the rash will not appear.

If a child suffers from allergies, it is necessary to exclude from the diet foods that provoke it. In addition, you need to use hypoallergenic personal hygiene products and powder for washing baby clothes.

It is important to protect the child from stressful situations, keep the legs and arms clean, take long walks in the fresh air, and strengthen the immune system.

A rash on the feet and palms of a child can occur due to various reasons. With the help of rashes, an allergy in a child, the development of an infectious disease, poisoning, and non-observance of the rules of personal hygiene are manifested.
Let’s take a closer look at what a rash can be and how parents should act to help their child get rid of it.

For the treatment to be successful, feed your child with foods that are possible with a strict diet. This is especially important if the rash is caused by a food allergy. Exclude for a while chocolates, eggs, fish, seafood, tomatoes, honey. During the treatment of rashes, spicy, smoked and spicy dishes are contraindicated.

Include fermented milk products, vegetable soup, cereal dishes, vegetables, boiled potatoes and vegetable oil in the child’s menu.

Try to walk with your child a lot of time in the fresh air. Protect him from stressful situations. Keep your hands and feet clean. Let us drink only purified water.

Now you know how and when a rash appears on the feet and palms of a child. It is important not to self-medicate, as rashes can have different origins. Therefore, treatment should only be prescribed by a specialist on an individual basis.

And an adult can be a sign of many diseases.These are mainly signs of contact dermatitis or a reaction to exposure to the skin of toxic and chemical substances. However, there are more dangerous causes of rashes.

A rash can appear as a result of viruses or bacteria entering the body, as well as when you are allergic to various medications and food. Certain diseases can also provoke a similar condition.

Carefully monitor skin hygiene;

Treat scratches and other damage to the skin;

Get rid of excessive sweating of the hands and feet.

By observing all these simple rules of prevention, it is possible to prevent the formation of a rash or its intensive spread throughout the body.

Any rash on the body is a symptom of any malfunction in the body. A rash on the palms or feet also indicates the development of a pathological process. Having evaluated the appearance, the nature of this rash and the sensations that it causes, you can determine what kind of ailment struck a person.

Allergic reactions

A rash on the hands and feet of a child occurs as a result of an allergic reaction.This is a common cause of rashes. In a child under three years of age, certain foods and medications contribute to the appearance of a rash. Among allergens in childhood, the presence of pets can be distinguished.

If a child develops a rash on the palms and feet, this is of interest to many parents. Such localization of rashes may indicate an allergy to cosmetics. This allergy has a number of characteristics. A small red rash appears on the foot, provoking severe itching, which makes the child itch all the time.Over time, the spots become much larger, but the temperature does not appear.

Do not use common soap for children, which is used by all family members. The child must have his own personal hygiene product, and it is better if it is a high-quality hypoallergenic baby soap, as this will prevent the occurrence of allergies.


A review of the causes of rashes on the palms and feet in children will help establish the factor that triggered the onset of this condition.If a child has a rash, which manifests itself in the form of bubbles filled with liquid, then this may indicate the presence of dyshidrosis. This is an infectious disease in which the skin of the palms and feet is severely affected.

Doctors recommend closely monitoring the child’s condition, especially in the warm season, since relapses often occur during this period due to blockage of the sebaceous glands. There are certain factors that influence the occurrence of this disease, namely such as:

  • excessive sweating;
  • frequent stress;
  • hereditary factor;
  • fungal diseases;
  • endocrine system disorders;
  • allergies.

According to statistics, if a child is prone to dermatitis and diathesis, then there is a high probability that he may develop dyshidrosis. Some doctors believe food-related allergic reactions may be the cause, so care should be taken when introducing new foods into the diet.


Scabies is caused by a scabies mite, and as a result, a rash, severe itching occurs, as well as an allergy to the mite itself and its waste products.In addition, if you comb the bite site, an infection can penetrate and provoke the formation of pustules.

Scabies is characterized by the presence of subcutaneous passages that form a tick. Often this insect infects the area between the fingers, elbows, and mammary glands. A scabies rash appears as small, red nodules that may coalesce over time.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis mainly affects the area of ​​the body that has been exposed to certain substances.Often, rashes are localized on the palms and soles of the feet. It is an eczema-like disease. The patient often cannot accurately name the cause of the disease, since the signs of dermatitis do not appear immediately after exposure to harmful substances.

A rash on the palms and feet of a child may appear due to contact dermatitis. Basically, this disease manifests itself precisely on that part of the body that is exposed to certain substances (hence the name “contact”).

A rash on the palms and feet of a child often indicates precisely this disease, since children tend to pick up everything they come across. A rash due to contact dermatitis can also develop in adults. Their rash is most often caused by working without gloves with substances that cause contact dermatitis. The rash begins to itch and itch very much, and when scratching, an infection can penetrate into the wounds.

Vascular diseases

Often, heart and vascular diseases are considered the cause of rashes on the palms and feet.Basically, these disorders occur due to a decrease in the number of platelets involved in blood coagulation processes, as well as due to a deterioration in vascular permeability.

Due to the fact that rashes in diseases of the heart and blood vessels may indicate the presence of a rather dangerous pathology, that is why hospitalization of the child is required for complex diagnostics and subsequent treatment.

The reasons and treatment are different, which is why it is important to carry out a comprehensive diagnosis to determine the predisposing factors.Only a qualified specialist can correctly diagnose and then prescribe treatment. First of all, the child needs to be shown to the pediatrician, who will conduct a visual examination and refer to narrow specialists. Skin diseases are often treated by a dermatologist. To confirm the diagnosis, you need to undergo such types of research as:

  • blood and urine tests;
  • scraping for microflora;
  • Allergen tests.

Depending on the diagnosis, the doctor prescribes treatment.Therapy implies the use of medications and alternative medicine.

In case of diseases of the cardiovascular system, rashes can also form. A rash in a child appears due to a decrease in the number of platelets involved in blood coagulation, as well as a violation of capillary permeability.

The lesion of the skin on the palms and feet provokes a scabies mite. Among the main signs of scabies, it is worth highlighting a rash, itching, as there is an allergy to the scabies mite and its waste products.If you scratch the skin very hard, then an infection can penetrate into the wounds, which leads to the formation of pustules.

Scabies is characterized by the presence of subcutaneous passages, which are gnawed by ticks. Often, the lesion is observed between the fingers, at the bends of the elbows and knees, in the lower abdomen. A scabies rash is a small red nodule that may gradually merge. The danger of this disease lies in the likelihood of a secondary infection.

Quite often there is a rash on the palms and feet of a child with hand-foot-mouth syndrome.This viral disease is highly contagious and manifests itself in the form of nodular rashes on the palms, feet, and also in the mouth.




In some cases, the disease can lead to the death of the child. More serious complications can occur during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, since this disease threatens with miscarriage. In addition to the formation of bubbles, all the signs of flu are present.

Viral infection

Children aged 1-7 years can have a viral disease such as Coxsackie’s disease. The virus is contagious enough, so a child can become infected in absolutely any public place. This disease causes a rash on the palms and feet, fever, pain in the mouth.

It is quite easy to recognize the Coxsackie virus, since it is characterized by the occurrence of rashes not only on the palms and feet, but also in the oral cavity, around the mouth.The main symptoms include the presence of itching in the affected area, often children refuse to eat.

Sore throat;

Loss of appetite;

Abdominal pain;



Scarlet fever.

Each of these infectious diseases has its own characteristics and manifestations. Therefore, it is very important to recognize their course in time so as not to aggravate the pathological process.Meningococcal infection is especially dangerous, since its complications can lead to the death of the patient.




What is a rash?

Rashes on the palms and feet of a child can be different:

  • sometimes the palms are covered with bubbles filled with a transparent liquid inside;
  • if the bubbles are accumulated with pus, such a rash is called pustules;
  • If nodules begin to appear inside the skin, they are called papules;
  • A small rash that is flush with the skin is called spots;
  • if the rash has a dense, rough structure and rises above the skin, the patient is diagnosed with blisters;
  • If the skin is deeply damaged, and discharge comes from the site of the lesion, an erosion or skin ulcer is diagnosed.

In order to carry out the correct treatment of rashes on the palms and feet, it is recommended that the child be shown to the doctor. The specialist will determine the type of rash and prescribe the appropriate therapy.

What to look for?

If a child has a rash on the palms and feet, it is important to carefully monitor his health, because in addition to rashes, the patient may show the following symptoms:

  • increase in body temperature;
  • Clear nasal discharge;
  • the appearance of cough, urge to vomit, vomiting;
  • lack of appetite;
  • pain in the abdomen or throat;
  • sluggish state.

Rashes can affect the entire body of a child. If you have symptoms, you urgently need to see a doctor. If they are absent, remember what food the child ate, how he played and how, since it can spill on the skin due to common allergies.

Pediatrician – Danielyan Nune Razmikovna


Careful, scarlet fever!

Scarlet fever is a disease caused by streptococcal infection, a distinctive feature of which is a combination of sore throat and a small-point rash on the skin.The infection spreads mainly by airborne droplets, while the source is a sick person or a carrier of bacteria. The child is contagious from the 1st to the 22nd day of illness. Most often, scarlet fever is sick in the autumn-winter period. The latent period of scarlet fever lasts from 3 to 7 days.


The disease begins acutely with a sharp violation of the child’s well-being.
Lethargy, drowsiness, headache.
Chills, rapid rise in body temperature (38-40 ° C)
Nausea, sometimes vomiting.
A few hours later, a specific rash appears on the child’s skin in the form of small bright pink dots on reddened skin: most clearly in the folds (armpits, groin folds; inner thighs, elbow folds)
A characteristic sign of scarlet fever is a sharp contrast between bright red “Flaming” cheeks and a pale nasolabial triangle, on the skin of which there are no elements of the rash.
The child complains of sore throat when swallowing, so the doctor usually reveals a lesion on examination, tonsils – a sore throat.
Tongue at the beginning of the disease is dry, coated with a thick brownish bloom, but from 3-4 days it begins to clear, acquiring a bright red color with smooth, shiny papillae (a symptom of a “raspberry” tongue). This language persists for 1-2 weeks.
The rash persists on the skin for 3-7 days, after which it disappears without leaving behind pigmentation.
Desquamation begins after 1-2 weeks.Scarlet fever is characteristic of peeling on the palms and soles, which starts from the free edge of the nails and spreads along the fingers directly to the palms and soles, where the skin comes off in layers.

Features and treatment:

The disease is rarely serious and life-threatening. In cases of mild course, a rash is the main symptom that makes you pay attention to the disease.Even without treatment, the patient’s condition almost always improves after 2 to 4 days. A few days after the temperature has returned to normal, the rash begins to disappear and is replaced by peeling of the skin, which lasts about a week. It usually occurs on the palms and feet. The use of penicillin and other antibiotics can significantly weaken the manifestations of the disease and accelerate recovery. The patient is considered infectious one day before the onset of the first symptoms and in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Complications with scarlet fever are usually the same as with other streptococcal infections; most often these are ear infections, rheumatic lesions and nephritis.Correct and timely started treatment avoids complications. Persons who have undergone scarlet fever develop strong immunity.

Agreement on the joint organization of medical services for children of a preschool educational institution

Extract from SanPin dated 05.15.2013 No. 16 according to the walking mode

Based on the Resolution of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation of 15.05.2013 No. 26 “On approval of SanPin″ Sanitary and epidemiological requirements for the device, maintenance and organization of the mode of operation of preschool educational organizations ”

Clause 11.5. The recommended duration of daily walks is 3-4 hours. The duration of the walk is determined by the preschool educational organization, depending on the climatic conditions. When the air temperature is below minus 15 ° C and the wind speed is more than 7 m / s, it is recommended to shorten the duration of the walk.

Clause 11.6. It is recommended to organize walks 2 times a day: in the first half of the day and in the second half of the day – after a nap or before the children leave home.

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Scientists from the Spanish Academy of Dermatology presented a classification of five types of skin manifestations in patients with COVID-19, the study was published in the journal RIA Novosti, 01.05.2020

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MOSCOW, May 1 – RIA Novosti. Scientists from the Spanish Academy of Dermatology have presented a classification of five types of skin manifestations in patients with COVID-19, a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. Researchers collected information over two weeks on 375 patients in whom the coronavirus was confirmed by tests or diagnosed symptomatically. and skin rashes appeared during illness for no other reason.Each case studied was illustrated with a photograph. “Based on the consensus reached in the analysis of the images, it was possible to distinguish five main clinical pictures. Almost all patients can be classified into these groups,” the study notes. The researchers attributed the first group (19% of cases) patients who develop redness on the skin as a result of frostbite, blisters and abscesses. First of all, they manifested themselves on the fingers and toes. Similar symptoms were observed among younger patients and with mild disease.The rash was recorded at later stages of the disease, they persisted for an average of 12.7 days. In 9% of patients, the researchers recorded a vesicular (blistering) rash similar to a scattering of small blisters that appeared on the trunk and caused itching in 68% of cases. The rash could also appear on the limbs, have hemorrhagic contents (fill with blood) and grow. Symptoms manifested themselves mainly in middle-aged patients and with a more severe course of the disease, persisting for about ten days.The third group of patients (19%) had urticarial eruptions similar to urticaria. Spots appeared in critically ill patients on the trunk and in some cases on the palms and in 92% of cases caused itching. Most often (47% of cases), patients had maculopapular rash – small red papules. Some researchers have described the rash as similar to lichen rosacea. Also purpura may have been present in this group of patients. The rash persisted for 8.6 days and appeared in more critically ill patients.In 57% of cases, the rash caused itching; the rarest skin manifestation was observed in 6% of patients. In elderly patients with a severe course of COVID-19, researchers recorded livedo (a phenomenon that appears with circulatory disorders in the vessels and a phenomenon similar to a mesh pattern on the skin), as well as necrosis (premature death of skin tissue). Earlier, the chief physician of the infectious diseases hospital in Kommunarka Denis Protsenko said, that some coronavirus patients have rashes on their arms and abdomen. He noted that skin manifestations are observed in 10% of patients with coronavirus.



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MOSCOW, May 1 RIA Novosti. Scientists from the Spanish Academy of Dermatology have presented a classification of five types of skin manifestations in patients with COVID-19, a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Researchers for two weeks collected information on 375 patients in whom the coronavirus was confirmed as a result of tests or diagnosed symptomatically, and skin rashes appeared during the illness for no other reason. Each case studied was illustrated with a photograph.

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“Based on the consensus reached in the analysis of images, five main clinical pictures could be distinguished.Almost all patients can be classified into these groups, “the study notes.

To the first group (19% of cases), the researchers attributed patients who developed redness on the skin as a result of frostbite, blisters and abscesses. on the fingers and toes.Similar symptoms were observed among younger patients and with mild disease.The rashes were recorded at later stages of the disease, they persisted for an average of 12.7 days.

In 9% of patients, the researchers recorded a vesicular (blistering) rash similar to a scattering of small blisters that appeared on the trunk and caused itching in 68% of cases. The rash could also appear on the limbs, have hemorrhagic contents (fill with blood) and grow. Symptoms manifested themselves mainly in middle-aged patients and with a more severe course of the disease, persisting for about ten days.

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The third group of patients (19%) had urticarial rashes similar to urticaria.Spots appeared in critically ill patients on the trunk and in some cases on the palms and in 92% of cases caused itching.

Most often (47% of cases), patients had maculopapular rash – small red papules. Some researchers have described the rash as similar to lichen rosacea. Also purpura may have been present in this group of patients. The rash persisted for 8.6 days and appeared in more critically ill patients. In 57% of cases, the rash was itchy.

The rarest cutaneous manifestation was observed in 6% of patients.In elderly patients with a severe course of COVID-19, researchers have recorded livedo (a phenomenon that appears with circulatory disorders in the vessels and a phenomenon similar to a mesh pattern on the skin), as well as necrosis (premature death of skin tissue).

Earlier, the chief physician of the infectious diseases hospital in Kommunarka, Denis Protsenko, said that some patients with coronavirus have a rash on their hands and abdomen. He noted that skin manifestations are observed in 10% of patients with coronavirus. April 23, 2020, 10:43 am

Rubella is a highly contagious acute infectious disease caused by the rubella virus.

The most common illnesses are unvaccinated children 2-9 years old. Rubella is especially dangerous in the first 3 months of pregnancy – at the same time, severe congenital malformations of the child often develop, intrauterine fetal death is possible. In general, rubella is more severe in adults than in children.

The source of infection is a person with a clinically expressed or erased form of rubella. The transmission routes are airborne (when talking with a patient, kissing) and vertical (from mother to fetus).A contact route of infection is also possible – through children’s toys. The patient becomes contagious 1 week before the onset of the rash and continues to shed the virus for 5-7 days after the onset of the rash. A child with congenital rubella sheds the pathogen for a longer time (up to 21-20 months).

What’s going on?

The incubation period of the disease lasts from 11 to 24 days (usually 16-20).

The rubella virus enters the body through the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and is carried by the blood throughout the body, causing enlargement of the lymph nodes, especially those located on the back of the head and back of the neck.Sometimes there is a slight runny nose and dry cough, a sore throat, lacrimation. The most severe rubella occurs in adults: it is characterized by an increase in body temperature (up to 38-39 ° C), headache, muscle pain, loss of appetite.

On the first day of illness, 75-90% of patients develop a characteristic rash on the skin, and rashes are more often observed in children. The elements of the rash are round or oval pink-red small spots. More often, the rash first occurs on the face and neck, behind the ears and on the scalp, and then within 24 hours it appears on the trunk and limbs.The rash is especially common on the back, buttocks, outer arms and front of the legs. There is no rash on the soles and palms. Sometimes at the same time, small single rashes appear on the mucous membrane of the mouth. The rash lasts for two to three days.

Rubella is usually mild in children.

Complications rubella are extremely rare and occur in immunocompromised children. These include: pneumonia, otitis media, arthritis, tonsillitis, thrombocytopenic purpura.Very rarely (mainly in adults) there are brain lesions – encephalitis and meningoencephalitis. Rubella in pregnant women does not pose a serious danger to the expectant mother, but it significantly increases the risk of fetal malformations.

Diagnostics and treatment

The diagnosis of rubella, as a rule, is made if the child has had contact with a patient with rubella, he is not vaccinated, there is a characteristic skin rash, swollen lymph nodes, and other symptoms.

The diagnosis is confirmed by a blood test from a vein for antiviral antibodies, which is performed on the 1-3rd day of illness and after 7-10 days.Rubella is evidenced by an increase in antibodies by 4 times or more.

Treatment is usually carried out at home. During the period of rashes, the child needs bed rest. Special treatment is not prescribed, sometimes symptomatic remedies are used (drugs that eliminate the symptoms of the disease).

In case of complications, urgent hospitalization is required.

The prognosis of the disease in most cases is favorable. Reinfection with rubella is not possible.


To prevent the spread of infection, rubella patients are isolated within 5 days of the onset of the rash.No restrictive measures are provided for those who communicated with them, no quarantine is imposed on groups of children’s institutions. It is important to prevent a sick child from coming into contact with pregnant women.

Rubella vaccination is included in the vaccination schedule. In Russia, the most commonly used measles-rubella-mumps trivial vaccine. The vaccine is administered subcutaneously or intramuscularly at 12-15 months and again at 6 years of age. Specific immunity develops in 15-20 days in almost 100% of those vaccinated and lasts for more than 20 years.

Rash on the palms and feet of a child in the form of pimples, blisters

What is a rash in a child?

To identify the main cause for the etiology of rashes in medicine, there is a description of the types of rashes in young patients. Noticing the connection between the appearance of the rash and a specific disease, doctors classified the rash depending on the source of its occurrence:

  • papules that form under the skin – a malfunction in the functioning of the sebaceous glands;
  • colorless watery blisters on the face, hands, back, abdomen – typical for chickenpox, herpes, shingles;
  • blisters with pus – infection with staphylococcus or streptococcus;
  • dry pimples with a crust on the surface – hyperkeratosis;
  • black or white dots – blockage of the sebaceous glands;
  • scales with vesicles – fungal infection, lichen;
  • numerous red spots – rubella, measles, sunburn.

Rash on the palms of a child – types

rash on the palms and feet of a child

A rash on a child’s palms may appear due to various reasons. It can be of different forms, therefore, only a doctor should make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment.

It is quite rare that a person has a rash on the palms or a rash on the feet. As a rule, the appearance of a rash on the body is a kind of skin disease that is associated with the inflammatory process of the sebaceous glands.

Considering the fact that there are no sebaceous glands in the area of ​​the palms and feet, the occurrence of rashes is associated with other reasons. In other words, the onset of a rash is preceded by a skin disease that has arisen. But which one and how to prevent it, we will try to figure it out.

Infectious rashes

If there is a small rash on the palms or other parts of the body, the development of an infectious disease can be suspected. In this case, pimples are accompanied by fever, chills, sore throat or abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and coughing.

The listed symptoms may indicate a child’s infection:

  • rubella;
  • measles;
  • chickenpox;
  • scarlet fever;
  • meningococcus.

The most dangerous is meningococcal disease, as the rash with it bleeds and is accompanied by fever. If treatment is not carried out, death can occur

Therefore, it is important at the first symptoms to urgently seek medical help in order to save the life and health of the patient

Allergic rashes

Since children are actively exploring the world, they often have allergies.Local allergies most often make themselves felt due to contact with various substances: house dust, field plants or other allergens.

The fact is that the child’s body is not perfect, and until a certain time he cannot digest a large amount of substances and painlessly remove them from the body, as a result of the accumulation of substances that the small body could not cope with, manifests itself in a rash.

If a child is allergic to something, his skin may not only become covered with rashes, but the body temperature may rise, itching, cough may occur.Often, an allergy in the form of a skin rash indicates that the child has eaten something that caused such a reaction in the body. In this case, reconsider the child’s diet.

Rash with parasites

As medical practice shows, acne and worms are synonyms. Helminths, parasitizing in the human body, emit toxic substances, as a result of which allergic reactions of various intensity appear – it can be a rash on the skin of the face, spots of different colors, the skin turns red and flakes.

Depending on the course and severity of the parasitic disease, the allergic reaction manifests itself in varying degrees – some people have only rashes on the skin, while others rapidly develop eczema.

The palms or other parts of the body are often covered with a rash due to parasite or insect bites. The most common disease is scabies, which occurs due to the bites of a scabies mite. In this case, the patient complains of severe itching, worse at night. Since scabies is considered a contagious disease, it is imperative to consult a doctor, and isolate the patient himself from communication with other children until his complete recovery.

Sometimes the body becomes covered with scales due to the presence of worms or other similar parasites in the body. In this case, you need to drink special pills.

Vascular problems

A hemorrhagic rash on the palms and soles can appear when the circulatory system is disturbed, it does not cause inflammation, but spots and stripes of various sizes can appear on the skin. Such a rash occurs when the capillaries and blood vessels are destroyed, red blood cells seep through the gap and form dark spots.

A hemorrhagic rash in itself does not bring any inconvenience to the child, but it can speak from the fact that serious disorders have occurred in the body. Therefore, if such rashes are found in a child, you need to urgently call an ambulance or take the baby to the doctor yourself.

Other causes of a child’s skin rash

Rash can occur due to inflammation of blood vessels and small capillaries. The doctor diagnoses a hemorrhagic rash. Diseases of the cardiovascular system and internal organs can also manifest as punctate subcutaneous hemorrhages.

Hemorrhagic rash is treated only in a hospital under the strict supervision of a doctor. Sometimes prickly heat or other unpleasant symptoms on the child’s body occur due to non-compliance with the rules of personal hygiene.

Infection rash

In some cases, a rash on the palms and feet and fever can be caused by an infection. Many diseases occur with rashes, which are joined by other symptoms. Types of infectious diseases:

  • Measles. A large rash covers the entire body of the baby, including the palms and feet.The spots merge with each other in some places. Along with the rash, a cough, high fever, and photophobia appear.
  • Rubella. Initially, a pale pink rash appears on the face and then spreads throughout the body. There is a slight fever, joint pain and swollen lymph nodes.
  • Scarlet fever. Small dots rash. It occurs on the face and body. Sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes.
  • Chickenpox. Rash in the form of bubbles, in which there is a clear liquid inside.The rash begins on the face and hair and then spreads throughout the body.
  • Meningitis. The rash can be anything from small bruises to large hemorrhages. Rash all over the body. The condition is severe, headache, vomiting, fever.

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In addition to infectious diseases, there are also diseases caused by fungi. The most common skin lesions include:

  1. Epidermophytosis. The disease is caused by excessive sweating of the feet.A rash occurs between the toes, severe itching is felt, and redness appears.
  2. Rubrofit. There is a small red rash on the palms and feet of the child. Bubbles sometimes appear and turn into erosion. Peeling of the skin occurs.

All skin rashes must be diagnosed by a doctor, only in this case the child’s health will improve.

How is it manifested?

Skin rashes can look different. It depends on the reason that caused them to appear.

New eruptions have a more intense color. Skin elements that have appeared on the skin for a long time, as a rule, become less noticeable. Some rashes are accompanied by severe itching of the skin, which can bother the baby both during the day and at night.


Allergic rashes on the palms and feet look like bright red spots. These skin lesions can be of different sizes. They usually reach a length of 2-8 mm.The severe course of an allergic reaction is accompanied by the appearance of a large number of various rashes.

Severe itching of the skin contributes to the fact that the sick baby begins to scratch the damaged skin. This can lead to getting into the resulting wounds of a secondary bacterial infection, which becomes the cause of infection and suppuration.


Chickenpox is manifested by the appearance of various bubbles on the baby’s skin.Inside them is a yellowish liquid. These bubbles can burst as the contents leak out. In place of such damaged areas, ulcers are formed, which gradually heal over time. It takes 7-10 days to fully recover from the rash.


With scabies, numerous red spots appear on the skin. They usually resemble a small rash. These rashes are very itchy. These skin manifestations are formed at the entry and exit sites of scabies mites.Scabies is a contagious disease and spreads from a sick person to a healthy person.


In some cases, the baby has multiple bubbles located on the palms. These rashes are a manifestation of dyshidrosis. This pathological condition occurs with increased sweating and disruption of the sebaceous and sweat glands. This disease is manifested by the development of multiple rashes, inside which there is a watery liquid.

This pathology is more common in the hot season.In infants, dyshidrosis occurs somewhat more often. This feature is due to the fact that thermoregulation in babies of this age is not yet effective enough.

In the initial stage of dyshidrosis, red areas appear on the skin of the palms or feet, which are manifested by a sensation of strong tingling. Only a few days later, rashes appear on the skin. At this stage, itching and burning of the damaged skin is also significantly increased. The bubbles are 2 to 10 mm in size.

The duration of the rash with dyshidrosis can be different. Usually, skin manifestations bother the baby for 10-14 days. Then, with the correct local treatment, they completely disappear. Similar rashes in a baby can occur again if their general condition is disturbed. Decreased immunity and severe overheating only contribute to the progression of this condition in a child.

Causes of blistering rashes

The most dangerous cause of blistering rashes on the palms and feet of a baby is meningococcal disease.When the Neisseria meningitidis viruses enter the child’s body, the bubbles bleed, the general condition of the baby deteriorates sharply, and a fever begins.

Lack of timely treatment is often fatal. A child’s rash on the palms and feet in bubbles of various types is shown in the photo. It is important to see the differences between different rashes. The main causes of blistering rash:

  1. Allergy. It is caused by contact with house dust, with stray animals, garden and field plants, the appearance of new foods in the diet.
  2. Helminthic invasion.
  3. Bites by parasites and insects.
  4. Scabies caused by a scabies mite bite. The child is worried about the constant itching, especially at night. With this disease, isolation of the child from other children is required.
  5. Inflammation of blood vessels, capillaries. In this case, the diagnosis is a hemorrhagic rash. It is treated only in infectious diseases wards under the constant supervision of doctors.
  6. Disease of measles, chickenpox.
  7. Diaper dermatitis, prickly heat.
  8. The beginning of the development of psoriasis.

Blistering rashes can be a sign of heart disease, blood vessels, liver. Often neglected prickly heat, if hygiene is not followed, develops into blistering rashes. The doctor understands why a rash appears in the form of bubbles on the palms and feet of the child, he often takes photos to replenish his collection of work experience.


Before visiting the doctor, the child does not need to treat the rash with ointments, brilliant green, so that the dermatologist sees a clear clinical picture.

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How to treat blistering rash on the feet and palms

First, the doctor finds out the causes of the rash in order to make an accurate diagnosis, prescribe targeted treatment. In some situations, as with allergies, viral diseases, specific treatment is not required.

If the reasons are identified:

  • infectious etiology of the rash, then the bacteria that caused them are determined, and the doctor must prescribe antibiotics;
  • allergies of various origins, then the allergen is first identified, and then the doctor prescribes treatment to eliminate it, always with a course of antihistamines;
  • vascular diseases, the child is referred for consultation and further treatment by a hematologist;
  • scabies, which can be seen in paired spots near the bubble – the entrance and exit of the tick, then the child is sent to a dermatologist;
  • mycotic lesions, then the treatment is aimed at getting rid of the fungal infection;
  • damage by the herpes virus, then its treatment is difficult, long, with frequent relapses;
  • onset of eczema, it is treated by a dermatologist.The disease is often allergic, infectious. It is treated for a long time, with frequent exacerbation. Accompanied by neuroses, insomnia;
  • onset of psoriasis, it is treated by a dermatologist. This disease belongs to the group of dermatoses with an undiagnosed etiology.

Even minor rashes should be shown to a doctor. Only he is able to identify their cause.

How is the rash treated?

Whatever rash the parents see on the arms, legs, abdomen, butt, face of the child, it is strictly forbidden to treat it on their own.

It is important for adults to understand that rashes are not a disease, but one of the signs of another disease.Only a doctor, having established the exact cause of acne and spots on the baby’s body, can correctly determine the treatment regimen

As a rule, the treatment process itself has two directions:

  1. Elimination of the main symptoms – rash, high fever, itching, burning, diarrhea, vomiting, headache.
  2. Fight against the main factor (disease) that caused negative symptoms.

The choice of medication depends on the identified cause of the rash. If the baby is allergic, the doctor prescribes antihistamines (Diazolin, Claritin) and various external agents (ointments, creams, gels) that relieve itching and burning.In inflammatory processes, they resort to anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial drugs. The infection is cleared up with antiviral and antifungal drugs.

For the treatment of scabies and some types of dermatitis, when signs of a rash appear on the fingers of a teenager, it is required to disinfect the things and objects that the child used. For some forms of the rash, your doctor may prescribe the use of an ultraviolet lamp. General treatment includes medications that increase children’s immunity and vitamins

It is important to balance the diet and exclude foods that cause allergies from the diet

Types of rashes

There are several types of rashes:

  • Spots.Does not protrude above the skin level. They are located both individually and in groups. The color varies from pale pink to dark red.
  • Papules. Nodules that can be felt in the thickness of the skin.
  • Pustules. Large blisters on the skin with pus inside.
  • Bubbles. The main difference from pustules is that pimples are not purulent, but watery.
  • Blisters. They rise above the skin, rather dense to the touch. They have roughness.
  • Erosion. A superficial defect of the skin, in which the ichor is released.

In a child, a rash on the feet and palms is classified according to the secretion contained in the vesicles or its absence:

  • Spots – are formed on the skin in a single or mass quantity. Color – pale pink.
  • Papules – nodules appear in the middle layers of the epidermis.
  • Pustules – a purulent process in the dermis leads to the formation of large vesicles.
  • Vesicles – the rash contains a clear and liquid secretion.
  • Blisters – Rounded subcutaneous blisters with a rough surface are noticeable.
  • Erosion – damage appears on the surface of the epithelium, leading to the release of the ichor.

If a child has a rash on the feet and palms accompanied by fever, sore throat and other suspicious symptoms, contact a pediatrician.

A rash in children, located on the inside or outside of the palms and visible to the naked eye, differs in color, severity, structure and arrangement of elements:

  • bubbles – small or large swelling of the skin, filled with a transparent liquid inside;
  • pustules – similar to vesicles, but inside contains pus;
  • papules – nodular elements in the thickness of the skin;
  • spots – accumulations of small elements that are at the same level with the general surface of the skin;
  • blisters – dense, rough elements that rise above the general level of the skin;
  • erosion, ulcers – violations of the integrity of the skin in depth, accompanied by secretions.

The first evidence of recovery are crusts appearing at the site of the rash after a certain period of time.

Varieties of rashes on the legs

There are many types of rashes known to medicine that can appear on the lower extremities.

Often there are only three main groups:

  • Red rash;
  • Small rash;
  • Allergic rash.

Let’s deal with each type in more detail.

Red rash

A red rash on the legs of an adult can appear for a variety of reasons, for example, due to viral or fungal infections, contact dermatitis, insect bites, impaired immunity and much more.

Depending on the reasons, the rash on the legs can be of a different nature:

  • Red spots;
  • Tumors;
  • Vesicles, with or without pus;
  • Papules;
  • Ulcers, etc.

Often the cause can be determined on your own, but if there was no such rash before and it does not go away quickly, it is strongly recommended to contact a specialist.

Small rash

Small rash on the legs, or as it is also called hemorrhagic, most often has a color of scarlet, lilac, gray, and sometimes black.

Such a rash appears always below the knees. Most often, such manifestations are the results of hereditary or infectious diseases.

You should not be afraid of this, because in most cases everything goes away in 1-2 days. If there is no improvement during this period, then most likely it is a chronic disease.

Allergic rashes

Allergic rashes on the legs always itch, have pink-scarlet peeling, itching appears. Any allergen can be the source of this rash.

For example, strong odors, clothes washed with allergic powder, plants, food and much more.

This rash on the legs is most often confused with smallpox or hives. The rash disappears after taking antihistamines or after the complete elimination of the allergen that caused a similar reaction.

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A rash on the palms can appear as painful itchy red spots, blisters or small blisters filled with pus or clear liquid.Most often, the rash occurs on the inside of the palms and between the fingers.

Causes of a rash on the palms

A rash on the palms can have different causes. One of the most common is contact dermatitis. In most cases, the triggers are detergents, cosmetics, dyes, industrial chemicals, poisonous plants, and metallic substances. Food allergies and insect bites can also be the cause.

Sometimes rashes on the palms are the result of infections (eg, chickenpox, eczema, measles, rubella, mumps, meningitis, lichen, syphilis) or autoimmune disorders (eg, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis).Other factors include stress, exposure to heat or cold, and medications. A rash on the palms can be evidence of life-threatening conditions such as allergic purpura and anaphylactic shock. Therefore, any rash should be investigated immediately by a doctor.

Symptoms of a rash on the palms

In addition to the blisters on the skin itself, a person may experience other symptoms that depend on the underlying disease or disorder. So, a rash on the palms is often accompanied by swelling, itching, increased sensitivity and pain.If the condition is caused by problems in other body systems, the patient may have cough, chills, fever, runny nose, sore throat, excessive sweating. If a rash on the palms of a child or adult appears together with a change in the level of consciousness, joint pain, breathing problems, swelling of the face, lips or tongue, you should immediately consult a doctor.

Treatment of rashes on the palms

Dermatologists practice a wide range of treatments for rashes on the palms.

The main thing is to take proper care of your hands and keep them dry and cool. Increased exposure to moisture and heat causes hands to sweat, which can worsen symptoms. Antihistamines may be used to relieve itching.

If the rash on the palms is caused by the action of metals, a method of treatment such as chelation therapy is used. With this procedure, metals are washed out of the body, as a result of which their negative influence is minimized.