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Numb Finger Tip And Peeling Skin (Page 1)

Has anyone had the following problem:

right hand (or left hand): finger tip (the entire end section of the finger) becomes numb. However, you still have feeling in it. The general feeling can best be described like the sensation you get when your finger gets a coating of elmer's glue on it. And when you bend it, it feels stiff.

Then tingling sets in.

And then a few days to a week later, the skin begins peeling off. First in small amounts and then all at once. A few days later, your finger looks just like new.

Several months go by and then the cycle starts all over. Only this time on a different finger...Same hand.

Please respond with similar occurences and solutions or diagnosis!
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First Helper donzii

replied December 20th, 2003
the Finger
Been scouring the web for information about this affliction. My 6 year old son just developed these exact symptoms. He is at the stage where the skin has peeled off the entire end section of his thumb. The new skin feels very hard and looks painfull and red.

Any help appreciated
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replied June 27th, 2004
I Have the Same Problem
I have had this problem for around 6 years now and have been unable to get any help or find out any helpful information.

My problem started after having a wart frozen and then removed from my left middle finger, the skin never seems to heal it just builds up very thick (as tvwayne1 said it feels just like I have a few layers of glue on my finger) and then it starts to flake off, when I get it wet for 2 to 3 minutes it looks as though I have had my finger in water for a few hours.

I really would like to get some more help with this, if anyone has any information whatsoever please please get in touch.

Thanks in advance.
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replied July 11th, 2004
I have had this problem since 4 years of age. I am now 29. Many trips to doctors, dermatologists, etc. And still no answer. One dermatologist said it was eczema another said I was allergic to my own sweat? I have found no relief from lotions,cortizone creams, or any other prescribed medications.My grandmother used to have me rub an excessive amount of corn huskers lotion on my hands put on a pair of gloves before bed and wear them all night. This will provide some temporary relief.Now I usually soak my hands in epsom salt and warm water a couple of times a week. Its not a cure but it helps the pain a little by sloughing off some of the peeling skin. Please let me know if you have found any other form of relief. I'm willing to try just about anything. People who have never had this do not understand how painful it is.
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replied July 30th, 2004
loki28 wrote:
one dermatologist said it was eczema another said I was allergic to my own sweat?

Heard both these theories from my doctor. He prescribed protopic, and it works for me, but it's expensive, and I just can't get over the fact that it's okay to use this stuff lifelong. Mine only happens when the temps are above 80 degrees, basically, summer.

This year i'm taking omega 3 capsules, and not using protopic, and it's at least 50-60% better than previous years. I'm not even taking the recommended daily dose.
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replied December 11th, 2004
Numb Fingertip And Peeking Skin
Hi . . . My middle finger tip on my left hand (i am right handed) goes numb (half of it!!) and then the skin hardens and peels off and there is thin but soft skin and then the cycle starts again- every 2 to 4 weeks). This started suddenly a couple of months ago. I had eczema on my hands (palms) when I was younger. I related it to stress agravated by coffee!. About 30 yrs ago (late 20's) I stopped drinking coffee. After a year I have never really had the problem again (except when I decided I could drink coke and that started it again!) this numb finger tip is wierd though. It doesn't really bother me and is not painful - like glue on your finger tip! I have alopaecia universalis - total hair loss. It is an autoimmune disorder. Has anyone found out anything about this numb finger tip thing? I would love to know!!
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replied December 17th, 2004
Numbness In Fingertip
I also have similar sypmtoms of feeling as if my right fingertip is covered with a coating of glue and have a small amount of peeling near the fingernail and also very little feeling on the fingertip surface. While doing a search to try to figure out what is going on I discovered that herpes simplex can cause similar symptoms. One possible cause can be touching a cold sore and transferring the virus to the skin. If anyone has more information that this - I would be happy to know more. Fortunately I don't have a lot of pain - but the feeling of having something on my fingertip that I can't get off is very aggravating at times. Does the condition have to progress to the point of peeling skin or does the severity vary from patient to patient? Thanks for any help.
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replied October 3rd, 2005
Skin Peeling And Pain And Numbness In Fingers
I have also had the same for about almost 2 months. My fingers first started with the sensation of being cut by glass everytime I touched something even soap and water, then after about 2weeks I got the same sensation on the outer palms of my hands but worse, now it is my whole hands and my bones hurt in both thumbs. I have been to my doctor and she doesn't know what it could be. She has tested me for diseases, arthritis, anemia, and anything she can think of. I wake up in pain and go through my day only to go to sleep with the same pain. I have had to be put on medicine to help me sleep and an antiinflamatory medication to prevent further flareups.
My doctor is puzzled she said she has never seen such a thing in her whole life as a doctor that she could not diagnose.

Other problems that I have may not be associated with the same but my one foot is peeling between only 2 toes and my toes ache terribly. I cannot stand bright lights (sun, lamps, flashlights, headlights...Etc.) , cannot keep my balance for the life of me, constantly stubbing my feet on furniture not even in my path, my memory is not there for short term use, I feel naucious all the time and can only eat certain foods that I used to eat without feeling like vomitting, and sometimes I get really cold in the heat and really hot for no reason. I feel like I hear people saying stuff but when I respond people look at me like I am nuts. What is wrong with me?

I want to know before it is too late it keeps getting worse every day.

Somebody please help me find out I am at wits end!!!!!!

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replied March 15th, 2006
Flat, Numb Finger Pads
Not sure if I have been experiencing the same thing, but I have been searching for something on the internet that sounds close to what I have, but haven't been able to find anything.

I know what you mean by the "glue" feeling. To look at the skin on the finger pad, it is thicker and flaky looking, but it doesn't flake off. The sensation on the affected area is numb but not... If that makes sense. When you press on the area with a fingernail, it indents and stays that way for a bit. No amount of lotion seems to help. It seems like it's spreading to the middle finger as well...

I'd love to find out what this is and take care of it!

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replied October 25th, 2006
Similar Solution
This is the first natural remedy I have seen that is similar to what I have tried that gives relief to peeling tips of thumbs (mostly the right) and occassionally the fingertips. I am grateful I have never experienced the terrible numbness and blisters I have previously read about. Mine occurs mostly on my right thumb and is also cyclical and for some reason the skin just begins peeling off. It is such a nuisance and I usually peel back bits and bits of skin to get rid of it. I also suffer from time to time, ingrown fingernails, but also is usually just my right hand middle finger. My finger to the side of my nail will get inflamed, hot, swollen, sometimes accompanied by !**@! find great relief by rubbing castor oil on my thumb to relieve and stop the peeling. I have also used this on the ingrown fingernail by taking a very small piece of cotton and stuffing it beside where the fingernail has grown in the skin and putting castor oil on it and covering it with a band-aid. When I do this at night, by morning it is greatly relieved. Continue to apply to the cotton until finger is better.

I like the idea of putting gloves on at night and am anxious to try this method using my castor oil. I don't know what is in the castor oil that makes it work but my skin reacts to the oil almost as if it needs whatever is in it that brings such relief to the peeling skin and to the ingrown fingernail.

Good luck trying this out, I hope it brings some relief as it has to me. It's not a cure but I always love to try things that are natural and usually in my own kitchen!
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replied November 11th, 2006
Numb Finger Fingertip Eczema
I have finger thickening, then peeling, etc. Diagnosed two years ago as fingertip eczema. I tried steriod creams and antibiotics with little results. Now using protopic which seems to reduce symptoms about 20-30%.
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replied February 22nd, 2007
Food Link
I started suffering this exact sympton 2 or 3 years ago, with bad episodes peeling skin down the side of my forefinger. unfortunatley I suffer from a few food intolerances that just make me feel proper poorly for a few days (migraine headaches included), but I think I've found what triggers this - EGGS. I have excluded them for some months now and the occurence has dropped dramatically. I think I occaisionally drop my guard with eggs being an ingredient sometimes and get occaisional re-occurences.

Give it a try - I'm sure this is what causes mine.
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replied March 1st, 2007
well I had this condition for a while as well. But it usually happens when the weather changes or i experience too much moisture. I'm not sure if this is the same symptom, but my doctor says that there's no cure, but it is not harmful nor has to do with the impurities in your body i more healthy and it should help a bit
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replied November 26th, 2007
Peeling Hands
Ok people, I have had this peeling hands/fingers like everyone else, for about 5 or 6 years. I would get it often, it would start with a dry air blister and eventually I would layers of skin slough off. I think I have it beat. I tried just about everything myself with no avail, so I tried a different approach, maybe it's something I'm eating or drinking. First thing I tried was to stop drinking diet soda, diet coke to be exact, and any sugar substitute products. My skin hasn't peeled in 3 months now since I quit consuming diet products, I mean I haven't had one diet soda since. My skin used to peel every 2 weeks or so, now there is no sign of peeling. I believe that this is a food alergy or of that sort, for me it was diet products, probaly diet coke. So my advice is to start removing a certain food item from your diet and troubleshoot by elimination, I would start with diet products if you use them. Good luck, hope this helps, don't cheat on your troubleshooting.
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replied January 6th, 2008
Skin Peeling
i have a similar problem but my infliction starts with the flu or a cold and only at this time. Part way through the cold both my palms and around my right thumb start tingling and the skin is very sensitive to any heat, be it water or radiated heat. After a few days the skin starts to harden like leather and shortly after a number of layers will peel off like a dry blister. The right thumb goes extremely leather like, to the point I cannot bend it until I tear the skin off which relieves the pressure. Once the skin has peeled which occurs over about 2 to 3 weeks, it leaves a scaly like skin texture until it all returns to normal about a weel later. The skin that peels off looks like dead skin but its not as if the skin underneath is replacing it as it is very thin.

After it is all over the nail on my right thumb grows with a raised lump from the quik.

I am 44 and this started about 4 years ago. No skin specialist has an answer other than to prescribe very expensive creams which do nothing.

Any help would be appreciated.
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replied February 19th, 2008
Food Allergy Perhaps?
Interesting to hear the food allergy (eggs) theory.

I too have noticed peeling skin on several of my fingers in both hands and have noticed this several times in past years as I got older. It usually clears up eventually but is annoying as it can make your hands unsightly for some weeks. Not saying for certain that eggs are the cause, as it could be something as simple as contact dermatitis with a detergent or soap. Don't think its stress related as I am on holidays and feel pretty relaxed.

However the eating of eggs does coincide with this flare up on my fingers. I intend to stop eating eggs and see if it subsides, then begin eating eggs again to see if it re-emerges.
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replied September 9th, 2008
my fingertips also peel..
it has happened ever since i was like 11, and now i am 14, and oddly enough, it happens every time the seasons change?
weird huh??

i read somewhere that perhaps not enough vitamin c or SOMETHING like that is in your body..
i am not positive though

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replied September 11th, 2008
Peeling thumb, index, and middle finger?
I have severe peeling on my thumb, index, and middle finger - only on my right hand and it never spreads beyond the third joint. When it flares up I've tried all types of OTC creams, steroid cream, cortisone, and nothing worked. They made my fingers temporarily softer, but didn't stop the peeling, dryness, or white fissures from getting bigger and developing into a full-on peel. No luck with doctors diagnosing it correctly. My dad has it, too.

I read on another blog about someone having great luck with Theraplex Emollient for Severely Dry Skin and it's the only thing that has ever worked in clearing up a bout of peeling. It's hard to find so I buy it at Amazon or from the Theraplex website. It has helped me so much, if I apply it at the first signs of peeling - and I usually can tell when it's going to start because of a numbness or thick feeling in my fingertips, it either takes it away completely or minimizes the outbreak. You can order free samples from their site to see if it helps. I can't say enough about how much it helps my fingers and a little emollient goes a long way.

Doing some research I found tons of info about nickel allergies in relation to fingertip eczema. Keys, eyelash curlers, doorknobs, pots and pans all contain nickel and many studies from the NIH and Mayo Clinic site fingertip eczema in most cases as a contact allergy - so handling coins, keys, etc., made perfect sense considering I only get it on the fingers that I use for keys, counting change, whatever. If you're allergic to cheap jewelry chances are you have a metal sensitivity/nickel allergy. Women seem more likely than men to get fingertip eczema because of ear piercing and the high-nickel content of some cookware.

If my symptoms match yours, do a search online for nickel allergies, then try avoiding contact with nickel and not eating a lot of canned food. There is a lot of research on how to test household items for nickel and low-nickel diets. So many things contain high amounts of nickel-eliminating as much as you can really helps your fingers.

Hope this helps all you rough-and-raw fingered comrades.
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replied October 1st, 2008
I thought it was caused by insects which bite me at night while i'm sleeping, cause my shinbone skin itches and showed some small round scars (healing skin). this is my second time my skin peals and goes around 3 weeks and does not disappear.
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replied November 6th, 2008
Peeling fingers
I have suffered with peeling fingers for about 8 years. Almost all of the symptoms described previously could describe mine. The numbness, thick skin, peeling and resulting soreness. I used to get it a few times a year but could never predict when it would start. Over the last year it barely healed before another episode started. My new medical doctor took one look at my fingers and said it was eczema and he prescribed an ointment called Clobetasol Propionate USP, 0.05% a little over a month ago. It has completely cleared up my problem and for the first time in 8 years, I have normal skin on my fingers. I can tell you that when he prescribed that ointment my fingers were in one of their worst states but within 4 days of using this ointment twice a day, morning and before bed, my peeling was stopped in its tracks. The really amazing thing though is that the skin wasn't all pink and tender like it usually is after the peeling stops, the skin became normal and soft with no signs of any issues. My doctor said to continue to use the ointment a few days a week even after the symptoms are gone. I am truly thrilled with the results. I am going to take the advice of a previous poster and try to stop drinking diet soda then stop using the ointment just to see if that might be the problem.
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