In the last couple of months I started peeling like a reptile! My hands and feet are all dry and scaly although I do know reptiles don't have hands and feet, LOL, I look like the creature from the black lagoon or something like that. It feels rough and painful. And it looks embarrassing as well. I've used all kinds of hand creams and even vaseline but it doesn't seem to disappear. So could this be eczema or some kind of fungal infection and what remedies should I be using to try to fix it?
I really don't want to look like this any more. Please help me!
This dry, thick and scaly skin on your hands and feet could be caused by almost anything:
- (Fungal) infections
- Athlete's foot
- Acral peeling skin syndrome
- An autoimmune condition such as lupus
- A side effect of medication you are taking
- Seborrheic dermatitis (a kind of dandruff)
With the help of the internet, you can rule some conditions in or out quite effectively. However, the internet should never represent a substitute for real medical advice. Yes, this is the predictable bit where I tell you that you need to see a doctor if you want a proper diagnosis, which will then allow you to get proper treatment.
I am wondering if you have at all experimented with coconut butter, shea butter and cocoa butter. These natural products contain lots of healthy fats and many people with severely dry and flaky skin benefit from these butters a lot, especially on their hands and feet, but also around the knee and elbow areas. You could add in just a little drop of tea tree, which as antibacterial and antifungal action. Not too much, however, as that would further dry your skin. Tea tree does relieve itching as well.
Good luck! Having dry skin can be a royal pain in the behind!