What Your Hand Says About Your Health

What the Palm of Your Hand Shows Regarding Your Health

Kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, liver disease, poor circulation, thyroid problems, and even eating too many carrots or beets can affect palms from color to texture and size.

Some of these health issues can be detected by learning what your hands show regarding your health, from fingers to nails and palms it’s important to be aware of any changes, since your health might be linked to them. Here is the information you need:

What Your Hand Says About Your Health

ORANGE/YELLOW PALMS

-Carotenemia:

As healthy as carrots are, eating too many of them can make your skin look orange or a yellowish color from excess Beta Carotene (synthesized to vitamin A in your body), this condition is harmless and mostly affects children. Other dietary sources of Carotene include squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, beans, corn, and yams.

Sometimes carotenemia is mistaken for jaundice. It has also been linked to hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, anorexia nervosa, liver disease, and renal disease.

carotenemia

-Lycopenemia:

This is an orange-red discoloration of the skin and is the result of excessive intake of red foods like tomatoes, beets, chili beans, and red fruit.

Lycopenemia in palms


RED PALMS

-Liver damage:

-The redness is more prominent on the outer edge of the palms from the wrist to the little finger. The redness is believed to be caused by blood vessels dilating from hormone imbalance caused by liver disease.

red-palm

-Rheumatoid arthritis:

The redness here is caused by inflammation, the biggest factor in this disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis palm hand

Eczema:

- Often has excessive skin dryness that creates itching or burning skin, sometimes with cracking, flaking, or peeling of the outer layer of skin.

eczema hand


COLD HANDS – can be caused by:

- Poor circulation

- Raynaud’s disease: cold temperatures and emotional changes cause blood vessel spasms stopping blood flow

- Stress

- Low blood pressure

- Underactive thyroid

COLD HANDS


TREMBLING HANDS – can be caused by:

- Essential tremor: neurological disorder

- Parkinson’s disease: this affects the nervous system as well

- Overactive thyroid: it speeds up your metabolism, makes you burn more calories and generate more heat

- Anxiety

- Stress

- Caffeine and alcohol


SWEATY PALMS – can be caused by:

-Stress

- Overactive thyroid

- Hyperhidrosis, or excess sweating

- Excessive alcohol intake

Sweaty_Palms


BROWN MARKS – can be caused by:

- Vitamin C or B12 deficiency [Detecting Nutritional Deficiencies]
- Anemia or weak liver function
- Age spots
- Over-exposure to the sun
- Syphilis

brown marks in palms


THICKENING OF THE PALM

- Dupuytren’s contracture, this happens when tendons cover the fingers and create a cord-like thickening. The main cause of Dupuytren’s contracture is excessive alcohol intake.

- Diseases like diabetes, epilepsy, cirrhosis, or past injuries to the hand may cause thickening of the palms.

THICKENING OF THE PALM


DRY SKIN- can be caused by:

- Underactive thyroid

- Menopause, levels of estrogen drop

- Essential fatty acid deficiency

- Dehydration

DRY SKIN in palms


FINGERS AND KNUCKLES

FATTY KNUCKLES

- Xanthoma- cholesterol deposits on knuckles

- Hypercholesterolemia- fatty deposits in tendons

xanthoma


SPOON NAILS

- Anemia- if a dip is visible in the middle it can indicate iron deficiency

SPOON NAILS


BLUE FINGERNAILS

- Cyanosis- Heart failure

Cyanosis


BEADED NAILS

-Rheumatoid arthritis- joints have not become swollen or painful

-Vasculitis- inflammation of blood vessels under the nailbed caused by arthritis

nail beading


TWO-TONE NAILS

- Kidney disease

what your hand says about your health

What Your Hand Says About Your Health
[Last Updated on June 10th 2014]



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