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:
|Polycythemia Vera||3%||Ruled out|
|Shoulder-Hand Syndrome||1%||Ruled out|
|CML Leukemia||1%||Ruled out|
|Cirrhosis Of The Liver||1%||Ruled out|
Do you have palms and fingertips that are more red than average?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
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.
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.
The palms of the hands can become pink or red during pregnancy due to increased blood flow. This should disappear after delivery.