Causes Dry And Peeling Fingertips?

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Hello doctor,

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Hi Naufal. Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.


Dry and peeling fingertips that you experience is a skin problem that is often experienced by many people and this can indicate the presence of certain skin diseases. The skin around the fingertips is usually soft and sensitive.


Exfoliation (desquamation) at the fingertips can be caused by several factors, such as:

Use (contact with) chemicals
Wash your hands frequently with a harsh soap
Eczema, an inflammatory skin disease where the skin peels easily and dries up
Dry skin
Allergic contact with certain chemicals
Vitamin B2 deficiency
Genetic disease
High intensity sun exposure
Psoriasis which is a chronic inflammatory skin disease, with symptoms such as dry, peeling, scaly skin and a reddish rash

Treatment can be done based on the cause, such as:

Over-the-counter antibiotic ointments
Corticosteroids to treat allergies and inflammation

Urea cream as a moisturizer that can soften the skin
Sunscreen to prevent the risk of exposure to ultraviolet rays on the hands

If the peeling of the skin does not go away, or there is a change in skin color or the appearance of other symptoms, then it is better to see a doctor so that proper examination and treatment can be carried out.


Some tips that can be done:

Avoid using harsh soaps (use baby soap because it's usually lighter and softer)
Use gloves when washing or riding a motorbike
Keep your hands and body clean
Enough rest
Drink enough water at least 8 glasses per day
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

Hope this information helps. Best regards, Dr. Shirly

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