30 Health Conditions You Can Identify From The Appearance Of Your Hands
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Like many other parts of our body, our hands can also reveal a lot about our health.
Certain health conditions 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. If you experience sweaty palms, cold hands or dry skin, it could mean a lot more than you think.
What Your Hands Tell You About Your Health
Read on to find out what your hands are trying to tell you.
Orange/Yellow Palms – Carotenemia
Kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, liver disease, poor circulation, thyroid problems, and even eating too many carrots or beets can affect the appearance of the palms, from color to texture to size.
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 totally harmless. Other dietary sources of carotenoids include squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, beans, corn, and yams.
This is an orange-red discoloration of the skin and is the result of excessive intake of red foods like tomatoes, beetroots, chili beans, and red fruit.
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.
The redness is caused by inflammation, the biggest factor in this disease.
If your skin is frequently dry, itchy or burning, sometimes with cracking, flaking, or peeling of the outer layer of skin, it could be a sign of eczema.
To learn about natural remedies for treating eczema, check these out:
- Find out what trigger your eczema flareups
- How to use coconut oil for healing eczema
- How to treat eczema naturally
- How to take a salt detox bath to ease your eczema
Cold hands can be a sign of:
- Poor blood circulation
- Raynaud’s disease: cold temperatures and emotional changes cause blood vessel spasms stopping blood flow
- Low blood pressure
- Underactive thyroid
If your hands tremble, it could be caused by any one of the following:
- 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
- Magnesium deficiency
- Anxiety and stress
- Caffeine and alcohol
If you have sweaty palms, it could be a result of one of these:
- Overactive thyroid
- Hyperhidrosis, or excess sweating
- Excessive alcohol intake
Brown marks are sometimes caused by one of the following:
- Vitamin C or B12 deficiency
- Anemia or weak liver function
- Age spots
- Over-exposure to the sun
- Being on long-term medication
Learn more about vitamin B12 deficiency and how you can raise your B12 levels.
Very Dry Skin
If you have dry hands, you may also have one of the following:
- Underactive thyroid
- Menopause, levels of estrogen drop
- Essential fatty acid deficiency
- Xanthoma- cholesterol deposits on knuckles
- Hypercholesterolemia—fatty deposits in tendons
Spoon nails could be a result of anemia—if a dip is visible in the middle it can indicate an iron deficiency.
To help increase your iron intake, check out these juices.
Check out the full article at positivemed.com. Republished with permission.
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