Red Palms/Fingertips

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.

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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):
  • CLL Leukemia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Shoulder-Hand Syndrome
  • Polycythemia Vera
  • Pregnancy Issues
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Cirrhosis Of The Liver
  • CML Leukemia

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:
irritated eyes
itchy skin
regular bizarre dreams
high red blood cell count
frequent rashes
poor muscular strength
breast soreness during cycle
slight afternoon/evening fatigue
low energy/stamina
strong appetite
adverse reaction to stress
hair loss on lower legs
... and more than 100 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:
Cause Probability Status
Adrenal Fatigue 91% Confirm
Cirrhosis Of The Liver 20% Unlikely
Hyperthyroidism 12% Unlikely
CML Leukemia 1% Ruled out
Shoulder-Hand Syndrome 1% Ruled out
CLL Leukemia 1% Ruled out
Polycythemia Vera 0% Ruled out
Pregnancy Issues 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ 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-Related 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?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Somewhat
→ Definitely
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.

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