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Keratolysis Exfoliativa: Skin peeling in Indian patients- Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Chapter 1: What is Keratolysis Exfoliativa and how to identify it?

Chapter 2: Skin peeling on hands and other parts

Chapter 3: Skin peeling: Common causes and symptoms

Chapter 4: Skin peeling treatment at home


Key Takeaways

  • Keratolysis Exfoliativa is the condition of peeling of the skin around the palms and soles. The condition may be seen around other parts of the body as well.
  • The number of cases for the condition of skin peeling off the body rises during the summer months and is usually seen in patients who have sweaty palms.
  • Keratolysis Exfoliativa may arise due to sunburns or infections that directly cause damage to the skin. The condition may also be a sign of immune system disorders.
  • Common symptoms that accompany skin peeling are rashes, itching, dryness and other irritants. Generally, the condition does not require any lab tests to be performed.
  • Treatment for Keratolysis Exfoliativa doesn’t require any major medical processes. Usually the condition subsides with the use of an ointment as prescribed by the general physician.

Chapter 1: What is Keratolysis Exfoliativa and how to identify it?

Keratolysis Exfoliativa is a common skin condition that can be noticed around the palms and soles. The condition is diagnosed when your dermatologist notices peeling skin on palms of hands and cracked skin on fingertips. The peeling skin on hands and feet usually occurs when the temperature is hotter than normal.Refer to more of our medical guides for information on nutrition and diet remedies for similar conditions.

Keratolysis Exfoliativa is usually seen in young adults who are active throughout the day. The first sign of the condition is generally flaky dry skin around the fingers and skin peeling on palms. The lower body may also see such signs of flaking in the form of skin peeling on legs. The condition is also accompanied by a few blisters around the palms of the hand. When the blisters present around the palms burst, they cause circular marks leaving cracked skin on fingertips. In some cases, the blisters leave a deeper split in the skin that makes the skin around the fingers hard and numb. In such cases, the cracked skin on fingertips takes longer to peel off and heal. Once the skin is completely peeled off has healed, normal skin reforms, but Keratolysis Exfoliativa usually recurs in the following weeks.

Chapter 2: Skin peeling on hands and other parts

The first indication of Keratolysis Exfoliativa is peeling of the skin. The most affected areas of the body are usually the fingers and the soles. Skin peeling on hands is the first thing your general physician may notice before diagnosing you with Keratolysis Exfoliativa. The condition does not limit itself to the hands. Skin peels off the feet and around the fingers is also a common indication of Keratolysis Exfoliativa.

Keratolysis Exfoliativa may be wrongly diagnosed as any of the following skin peeling off conditions:

  • Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a chronic condition that affects the skin. In this condition, the skin cells multiply consistently at a speed that is faster than normal. If you suffer from this condition, you will see red plaques on the skin accompanied by skin peeling on feet and other affected areas.
  • Contact Dermatitis: Contact Dermatitis is a condition that causes acute inflammation of the skin. The condition arises to allergens or irritants that come in contact with the patient. The first sign of this condition is constant discomfort on the skin that provokes itching. Red spots arise on the skin that turn into blisters and finally into ulcers. A dermatologist may notice these signs and up on further investigation recommend the right treatment for the patient.

Chapter 3: Skin peeling: Common causes and symptoms

Your doctor may identify Keratolysis Exfoliativa when air filled lesions appear on the skin near the hands or legs. Generally, skin peeling on fingers is a common symptom. These lesions burst later to reveal a new layer of skin. The process is usually painless but the underlying skin may get hard and rough because of the recurring condition. The condition isn’t constricted to the skin on the hands and face, one may even notice skin peeling on the face. The condition requires no medical test and is detected by a well experienced dermatologist.

Refer to more of our medical guides for information on nutrition and diet remedies for similar conditions.

While there are no known causes for Keratolysis Exfoliativa, the following are probably what caused skin peeling:

  • Exposure to the sun: Spending long hours in the sun may cause the skin on your hand turn red and be painful to touch. The top layer of the affected region of the skin may start peeling off. These sunburns are usually treatable with the right lotions as suggested by the dermatologist.
  • Climate change: Regular change in climate can affect the skin. Changes in humidity, heat and wind conditions. Dry air can cause dryness in skin causing it to crack and peel.
  • Use of chemicals: Chemicals found in soaps, shampoos, and moisturizers may act as irritants to your skin that may result in peeling. Exposure to detergents and chemical solvents may also cause discomfort in hands, causing skin peel off.
  • Allergic reactions: When your skin comes in contact with allergens, the affected area may turn red and start itching. The persistent itching may cause bumps and may lead to skin peeling near nails and around the hand. Allergic reactions may also cause foot skin peeling off.
  • Infections: Fungal and bacterial infections
  • Immune system disorders
  • Genetic disease: Acral peeling skin syndrome is a condition in which the top layer of the skin peels away in a painless manner.
  • Niacin deficiency or Vitamin A toxicity: Getting too much or too little of a few vitamins may cause peeling off of the skin. A lack of vitamin B-3 in the diet can lead to a condition called Pellagra. The condition arises from a poor diet. Following a diet rich in vitamin B-12 can help.

A few other conditions that also cause peeling of the skin are:

  • Athlete's foot
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • Dry skin
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Jock itch
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Medication side effects
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Pemphigus
  • Psoriasis
  • Ringworms
  • Scarlet fever
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Staph infections
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Toxic shock syndrome

Keratolysis Exfoliativa’s symptoms are quickly noticed and require no lab tests. A few observable symptoms:

  • Flaky dry skin around the affected area
  • Peeling skin on fingers near nails
  • Foot skin peeling
  • Persistent itching

Refer to more of our medical guides for information on nutrition and diet remedies for similar conditions.

Chapter 4: Skin peeling treatment at home

Keratolysis Exfoliativa isn’t a condition that is of grave concern. The treatment process does not require any surgery or frequent doctor visits. The condition can be treated at home by taking necessary precautions:

  • Stay away from skin irritants and allergens that may cause peeling of skin
  • The usage of lotions that are rich in Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid may prevent infection
  • Try to prevent sweating by using topical agents.
  • Maintaining good personal hygiene and avoiding overexposure to the sun.

While home remedies may give fruitful results, some cases are too severe to be treated with these remedies. In such situations, one may consult a doctor and use medication that is prescribed by them. A dermatologist may recommend the use of keratolysis exfoliativa creams and keratolysis exfoliativa ointments. In extreme cases, a doctor may recommend photochemotherapy, which is a combination of Psoralen and Ultraviolet.


  1. How is keratolysis exfoliativa treated?

Keratolysis exfoliativa is a condition that is treatable at home. In most cases the condition subsides on its own. In case it doesn’t, a dermatologist will prescribe keratolysis exfoliativa creams and keratolysis exfoliativa ointments. These ointments and lotions will help reduce the discomfort that causes itching in the skin. The condition is recurring causing the skin to harden and become rough. If the peeling of skin does not reduce or the condition does not improve, a specialist may recommend using photochemotherapy.

  1. What causes keratolysis exfoliativa?

keratolysis exfoliativa has no known causes but the condition is found in young adults who are active throughout the day. The condition usually develops in the summer and people with sweaty palms are the first to notice their skin peeling off on their palms. Another cause of the skin peeling is sweating in your shoes. When the condition affects the lower body, it causes foot skin peeling. The peeling is not limited to the hands and feet. A few cases witness skin peeling on face as well. Spending long hours and over-exposing your body to the sun can cause cracks in the skin resulting in peeling of the skin.

  1. How do I avoid peeling skin?

Peeling skin can be a menace to treat. The condition causes discomfort in the skin that leads to persistent itching. The peeling may be painful in some cases and it is best to get it treated immediately. Dermatologists recommend that one maintains good personal hygiene and avoids spending too much time in the sun. Sometimes, allergic reactions may cause peeling of the skin. It is best to stay away from such irritants. In case you come into contact with any allergens, use lotions that will soothe the skin and reduce the itching that is associated with peeling.

  1. Can my diet help in avoiding peeling skin?

Yes, sometimes skin peel offs may occur due to a deficit or an excess of a few vitamins. A deficiency of Niacin, which is one of the B Vitamins, causes the peeling of skin around the hands and legs. A diet rich in Vitamin B may aid in avoiding the condition. Another reason for skin peeling off is excessive Vitamin A in the body. Any of these conditions cause irritation in the skin, resulting in itching and the peeling of the skin.

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