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February 28th, 2009
Peeling Fingers
My fingers have just recently started the peeling you have described. It feels like glue coming off in thick chunks. My fingertips are not sore but the peeling skin is very uncomfortable and catches on everything. I have tried many OTC lotions and nothing works. My thumb, index, and middle finger on both hands are peeling. Mine is defintely not caused by eggs because I don't eat them. I do drink diet coke, though My hands have done this 3 times in the last year. I went to the doctor and they said it was a reaction to a cold that I had. I also have diabetis. I wonder if this plays into it anyway.
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replied April 16th, 2009
Peeling Thumb
My right thumb ONLY peels terribly. It starts by just slightly peeling and then the entire area toughens and then it really begins to peel. I use to be in a small area on the thumb but now it's the entire front portion of the thumb. The area gets so thin that the skin splits open and bleeds. I wish someone had any idea what this is. It's getting worse every year. I just hope it will not spread to any other fingers. I think it's the change in the seasons. It's now middle of April and I am in at the end of a painful peeling episode.
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replied February 18th, 2012
This is the same thing as me, although I haven't been dealing with it either. I'm also worried that it will spread to my other fingers. It's February now, I'm just wondering how much longer it will be before it clears up. My thumb scaling is on a continuous cycle. Right now it's really pink and sore, without the cracking finally, but I'm just waiting for it to flare up again. Have you found a solution yet?
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replied June 20th, 2009
annasheart
Symtoms and many others here are the same as mine. I was diagnosed back in 2000 with 3 differant vascular diseases. Buergers, Raynauds phenomenon and P.A.D. you can find info on these at http://www.mayoclinic.com/ If you are a smoker of any of these you must stop NOW. also cold weather and stress can cause flare ups of these. Unfortunitly the diagnose process takes alog time Doc has to rule out others before he can come to these conclusions. Talk to your doctors about these
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replied July 16th, 2009
I have the "super glue" numbness on my thumb Too
I wish I could remember what I was doing about 3 months ago to make these symptoms start! At first I thought it was a burn as I'm a clumsy cook, but then my med-student friend assured me it is a fungus so I've been using the same stuff you use for athletes foot. I went to a pharmacy and because it doesn't itch the pharmacist suggested ezcema and gave me a steroid creme. The athlete's foot one seemed to have the most affect, softening up the area, but it's so hard to keep cream on my right thumb I'm not very good at sticking to it.

Mine also started smaller than the size of a pinky nail with a shiny, tough surface like a burn. Now i feel the 'super glue' numbness and only occassionaly have pain from pressure. Thank goodness to bleeding, the peeling is minor but constant. Now i feel like some of my other fingers are getting tiny 'wrinkles' at the top near my nail so I'm scared it's spreading! The nickel allergy suggestion sounds interesting to me, but i can't think of any new nickel-based items i might have acquired to make it start 3 months ago. Very frustrating! Is it worth a dermatologist investment if no one seems to have found answers? I just don't want it to spread!
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replied July 19th, 2009
answer
Okay. I may have found a diagnosis for you all. I don't have the same symptoms. I had some other things going on, and this is the first time it's happened to me. But at least I will have an idea of what it MAY be if it happens again.
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replied July 21st, 2009
Okay, apparently you can't post website links here, so my message was edited to remove the links. I was just trying to help. Anyway, I believe you all should do a search for Exfoliative keratolysis. It seems to have symptoms very similar to the ones stated here. Once you do a search for it, you'll find the websites that I was trying to post.
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replied July 24th, 2009
ask you dr. about weber-cockayne
check with your dermatologist to see if you might have weber-cockayne, a form of endermolysis bullosa, an inherited genetic disorder. in severe forms it can cause really unpleasant stuff, but the weber-cockayne version can have onset in youth or adulthood and seems to mostly lead to blistering on the hands and feet.
i am waiting to have a biopsy to find out if this is indeed what i have, but my dermatologist presented this as a likely candidate since i don't have itching (which would be more indicative of eczema).
Unfortunately W-C is not curable, but my understanding is that there are topical and other treatments that can help you to better manage and soothe the blistering and peeling.
hope this helps some other folks out there! it took me a few dermatologists before i found one who was really patient and concerned enough to listen to my symptoms. W-C seems to occur only in about 1 in every 30,000 - 50,000 individuals, so if you live in a small town, your dermatologist may not have it on his/her radar screen.
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replied August 29th, 2009
THANK YOU. Just remembered I have a tube of Mometasone Furoate 1%. I applied way too much the first time I tried it and had blurred vision and migrain. Had never planned on using it again. If any of you suffer from migrains you know why.

So after reading Averee's comments I researched Mometasone Furoate and it is almost the same cream, but it WARNS: apply very thin coating and do not cover. YIKES. sure would have been smarter had I read the insert. Flake that I am, even covered it. I appreciate everyone for helping me. sincerely
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replied September 6th, 2009
so does anyone have an answer because I thought this was a site for getting answers. where is the MD for this diagnosis on this page?

anyway I have the same problem. right fore finger and now right thumb has it. numbness like it has a layer of elmers glue on it yet painful to put pressure and it is always a scaly tough crinkily skin on it. i notice (when i am tempted to peel it because it's very frustrating to have) that the cracks are very painful. i gotta stop doing that. i've tired a&d ointment and hydrocortizone with a bandaid over night but that is only temporary, like an hour after i take the band aid off the next day. can't leave the bandaid on forever, that's annoying too. anyway someone please help with some answers. a dermatologist is an hour and a half away where i'm covered otherwise it'll be the advice of my general doc. also i was told it may be ecezema or psoriasis since I already have psoriasis.

hoping to read a diagonsis from a professional soon.
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replied November 26th, 2009
For years I had skin peeling in layers which would leave the lower skin layers exposed and raw. Gradually they would heal, then it would start again, sometimes in the same spot sometimes not. The peeling would start with hard numb skin that felt thick. If I did any manual work, it would bring on an episode. About 6 months ago, I was put on niacin (vitamin b3) for high cholesterol and the problem immediately went away. Now I'm wondering if this was a kind of pelagra.
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replied January 7th, 2010
I have the exact same symptomes -- mine is a food allergy to shreaded cheese--they use a chemical on cheese (protein enzeme?) to keep the cheese from sticking together in the packages--they really started using this chemical about three years ago(notice how cheese started getting pushed already shredded about three years ago) try buy anything these days without cheese on it?? Every time I get faked into eating something with cheese on it(hoping its not shreaded) opps there it is tingling flaking comes out on my fingers, I only buy and eat brick cheese now, and my fingers are fine--hope this might help--
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replied January 10th, 2010
Peeling fingertips - mine was a food allergy
I have the same problem but found it was a food allergy to cashews. I ate cashews my whole life until sometime in my late 30's the allergy started. Mine starts out as a tingling in my little fingers first primarily on my right hand and depending on how many cashews I eat will affect all my fingers or only a couple. The skin starts to thicken over a period of time and then loses sensation like it's dead skin and becomes loose and bubbles up. It is painful to peel it away until it completely dead and then underneath is a new pink sensitive skin that eventually is normal again. This whole process might take several weeks from when it starts tingling to when it actually peels off. Only affects my finger tips to the first or 2nd joint. I now avoid cashews completely but every once in a while I will unwittingly get some in my food and a finger or two will start to tingle the next day. I have heard people talk about it happening primarily in the winter. It could be that they are eating cashews over the holidays or something that don't have in the summer. I don't know if a food allergy is the problem with everyone but it is for me. No matter what kind of cream I put on it doesn't matter as it just needs to run it's course.
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replied February 18th, 2012
This is interesting ... Because I remember not ever eating almonds before and since I started eating almonds back in December when my condition started that this might be it. I do know my father is highly allergic to any type of nut.
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replied March 3rd, 2010
Peeling, glue-like, numbness
First, I am not a dr. and ! I have been suffering with this for a few years now. Had warts frozen off not 1 finger (around the nail) but ALL fingers back in '74. So all 10 of my fingers have this peeling away of several layers of skin at a time with new being glue like and numb. When my fingers get wet, it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie!!! Scary! I have been to the dermotologist for years with them prescribing the normal topical stuff with NO improvement. I have 2 words for ALL OF YOU.......FISH OIL! I started taking one a day about a week ago and I swear I could tell a difference in my skin by the first 24 hours. I do believe my fingers are healing from the inside out! If you want to discuss further to get specifics, you can write me with 'fish oil' in the subject line.
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replied April 18th, 2010
I have it too. Skin feels like it has crazy glue on it. Tender but no itching like other eczemas. Pretty confident it is Fingertip Eczema. A specific type of eczema. A reputable Dr. should be able t0 prescribe the correct medicine. GoOD LUCK!
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replied May 31st, 2010
I have had these same symptoms for nearly two years, I am 44, but the one thing which I connect it all with, is that when I work hard with my fingers, I often get a flare up not on th efingertip and this is always as a small circle, and looks very much like a fingertip ringworm. For years (before taking Sporonox), I had a nail fungal infection which I used creams for (doctors!!!) and then mysteriously, I got the same thing in my fingernails and at the tips of my fingers. The doctors say it's not this, but the thing is, is that ringworm is easily transferred from animals, so I am convinced that like other fungal infections, this is fungal as well.
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replied June 8th, 2010
peeling fingers
I started experiencing peeling of my fingers about 3 years ago, but only in the beginning of summer. I do NOT have the associated numbness that everyone else is mentioning....just unsightly and annoying skin peeling on my fingers, and it's on both hands. Does
anyone else simply have peeling skin without numbness? It is driving me crazy
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replied July 10th, 2010
Hi guys, I am now in dialogue with a leading dermatologist, we have added keratolysis exfoliativa to the list of possibilities.
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replied July 21st, 2010
Hi guys again, I am having (finally) lots of progress with Lamisil Once (for athlete's foot) This has successfully stopped the rings from spreading and heals up the wealds quicker. It still doesn't deal with under the fingernail, but it has stopped the fingers from infection.
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replied December 11th, 2011
I have been having this problem as well. I believe that my allergy comes from a certain plastic. I recently started playing Magic the Gathering and we cover our cards with polypropylene sleeves. Whenever I touch the sleeves this problem happens so I believe there is something in the sleeves that is causing it.
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replied December 24th, 2011
Sandpaper solved my problem
I have the same condition described by most of you:
-- A flare-up occurs every few months whereby the fingers lose some touch sensitivity and the skin begins to 'bubble up' into partially detached superficial lesions.
-- The lesions peel away naturally over the course of a week and leave behind new skin that is red and sensitive.
-- The lesions are most severe on the finger pads, but the lower parts of the fingers and even the palm can be affected also.
-- Sometimes a flare-up is severe enough that pain and some bleeding occur.
-- Bathing or washing exacerbates the condition by accelerating the exfoliation of the detaching skin.
-- Topical steroids were only mildly effective at best.

I came across the solution while working on a home carpentry project. I noticed that after a few days of spending many hours handling wood and roughing my hands up in the process, my condition improved. So I went a step further and began gently rubbing my fingers against sandpaper for a few minutes a day (you could also use another rough surface like an emery board or nail file). The trick is to do this at the first sign of a flare-up, before your fingers get raw and delicate. In my case, this simple treatment reduces the length and severity of the flare-up by about 90%.

This simple solution has really improved my life and I hope it works for some of you. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll share more.
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