What Causes Red Palms/Fingertips?
Red palms/fingertips can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose red palms/fingertips, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "red palms/fingertips" as a symptom. Here are eight possibilities (more below
- Pregnancy Issues
- Cirrhosis Of The Liver
- Adrenal Fatigue
- CML Leukemia
- Polycythemia Vera
- Shoulder-Hand Syndrome
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
difficulty conceiving children
darker/redder skin color
having chronic myeloid leukemia
regular runny nose
elevated free T4
edema of the abdomen
loss of appetite
craving for salt
... and more than 110 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of red palms/fingertips:
|Cirrhosis Of The Liver
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Skin Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about red palms/fingertips:
Do you have palms and fingertips that are more red than average?
→ No / don't know
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate red palms/fingertips, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Cirrhosis of the Liver
|Red palms (palmar erythema – liver palms) are often found in patients with alcohol-induced cirrhosis and can be seen in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis.|Hepatitis
|Red palms can occur in any chronic liver disease and are not specifically caused by the hepatitis virus. The cause for the redness is unknown, but it is speculated that it may involve upset hormone metabolism or microcirculatory changes.|Pregnancy-Related Issues
|The palms of the hands can become pink or red during pregnancy due to increased blood flow. This should disappear after delivery.|