Hands Quickly Contract After Being Exposed To Water?

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Hello, usually a person’s hand if contacted with water in some time and then the lapse of time is more or less longer in contact with water, then what will happen to the person’s hands will shrink. But if for example there is a hand of someone who is in contact with water for a short time and it does not take a long time for the person’s hand to shrink quickly. Is the situation a sign of abnormality, or is there another problem? thank you

1 Answer:

Hello Gind Yees,

The outer part of our skin has sebum, which makes it "waterproof" so that when you wash your hands with water, the water does not enter directly into the skin. But when you soak for a long time in a swimming pool or soak your hands for a long time in a water bath, this sebum will be washed, so that water enters the cells on the surface of the skin through osmosis. Then when it is out of balance, the water will come out again from the cell to a higher concentration place, this process of shrinking - expanding - shrinking will cause wrinkled skin.

In addition, another theory related to wrinkling of the skin during long water exposure is the role of autonomic nerves, which also causes vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels) in the fingers or toes when exposed to cold air. The body makes the skin of the palms, fingers, and feet wrinkled when it is wet so that the surface is rougher and makes it easier to hold things in wet conditions so it is not slippery. This autonomic nervous theory is expressed because in people who experience nerve damage, the phenomenon of shrinking skin when exposed to water does not occur.

The wrinkled skin due to exposure to water is normally temporary, meaning that after coming out of the water some time later it will return to normal. Skin that shrinks quickly every time it is exposed to water (only 2-3 minutes), especially in the palm of the hand can indicate a disorder known as aquagenic wrinkling of the palm. These disorders include rare. Aquagenic wrinkling of the palm disorders are usually closely related to cystic fibrosis and also other diseases such as atopic dermatitis, focal hyperhidrosis, and Raynaud's phenomenon.

In addition to contracting immediately after being exposed to water, the patient can feel the sensation of itching and heat accompanied by the appearance of nodules on the hands after 10-60 minutes the palms are dried. Skin lesions will become clearer and heavier with every exposure to water. Diagnosis of the cause of the condition requires a complete history taking, physical examination, and also supporting examinations such as genetic testing for cystic fibrosis and skin biopsy. Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.

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