The past 2 days my fingers are peeling. I am on peritenial dialysis every night. Could the two be related?

The outer layer of human skin (epidermis) is directly exposed to various environmental elements like heat, light, moisture, as well as to mechanical wear and tear. The epidermis peels off naturally roughly over a period of one month and is replaced by a layer of new skin. Extreme and rapid peeling of skin can be painful and in some cases be caused by a hereditary ailment called the peeling skin Syndrome, which requires professional medical treatment. More commonly, though, this condition arises because of sunburn caused by overexposure to direct sunlight, excessive perspiration, viral infections, as well as skin disorders like hand eczema, excessive exfoliation and inflammation of the epidermis. More rare causes include Kawasaki disease, Ichthyosis and scarlet fever. It does not seem probable that peritoneal dialysis could cause the skin on your fingertips to peel.

A few simple home remedies can cure this condition:

  • Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar and two quarters of water and soak your fingers in this solution for 10- 15 minutes. Wipe your hands dry and then apply a little lavender oil to your fingertips.
  • Cucumber is a natural moisturizing agent. Grated cucumber applied on dry, flaky skin for 10-15 minutes every day helps replenish lost moisture to the affected area.
  • Make a paste using sandalwood paste and turmeric and adding honey and olive oil to it and apply this to your fingertips.
  • The juice of fresh mint can be applied at bedtime every night to revitalize parched, peeling skin.

Besides these, you should also follow the following preventive measures in order to keep your skin healthy:

  • Ensure that you have a well balanced diet rich in all the essential proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fats. Eat lots of citrus fruits as they are a rich source of Vitamin C, as well as foods with high iron content like almonds and kidney beans, as both these nutrients increase the natural rate at which the skin replenishes itself.
  • Drink at least 12 glasses of water daily.
  • Do not wash your hands with a strong soap. Try to avoid direct contact with strong chemicals and detergents.
  • Never scratch the peeling skin even if it itches or hurts.
  • Hot water robs the skin of its natural moisture and oils so avoid hot baths.
  • As far as possible, stay indoors at midday in order to prevent damage to the skin by exposure to the harsh radiation of the sun.

answered by G R

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