Right Hand Itching

Right hand itching may occur in conjunction with other symptoms or it may be a distinct medical problem. Caused by various conditions, physicians will examine the patient and may take skin samples in order to diagnose the issue.

What is right hand itching?

Right hand itching can be extremely irritating and uncomfortable, particularly if the patient is unaware of what’s causing their discomfort. Although right hand itching can occur on its own, it may appear in conjunction with itching on other parts of the body.

When patients are affected by right hand itching, they may find it difficult to avoid scratching the affected area and this can lead to additional medical problems, such as broken skin and/or infections. Depending on the severity of their symptoms, they may also struggle to perform everyday tasks due to the intensity of the itching.

What are the symptoms of right hand itching?

Right hand itching typically involves itching on the right hand palm, the back of the hand, the fingers and/or the interdigital spaces. When patients experience itching on their right hand, it may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as:

  • Skin dryness
  • Redness of the skin
  • Skin irritation
  • Blisters
  • Lesions
  • Scaly skin
  • Broken skin
  • Increased risk of infection

Whether right hand itching is accompanied by other symptoms will help physicians to determine exactly what’s causing the patient’s symptoms and, therefore, how they can be resolved.

What causes right hand itching?

There are various conditions which can cause itching of the right hand. These may include:

  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Fungal infections
  • Diabetes

Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when a patient comes into contact with an allergen. If the right hand is exposed to a substance which triggers this reaction, it may become itchy and inflamed. Although various substances can trigger allergic contact dermatitis, common household products, such as cleaners, are common causes of flare-ups.

Even when patients aren’t allergic to a particular substance, a skin sensitivity may result in right hand itching. Whilst the patient may not be truly allergic to something, harsh substances can irritate delicate skin and this can cause right hand itching and accompanying symptoms.

Atopic dermatitis is another common cause of itching hands and may be responsible for right hand itching. Also known as eczema, atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition which may flare up at different times. Any part of the body can be affected by atopic dermatitis but the elbows, knees and hands are common sites of discomfort. Usually characterized by excessively dry skin, patients with atopic dermatitis may experience intense itching and ongoing inflammation.

Another cause of right hand itching is known as dyshidrotic eczema. This type of eczema generally affects just the hands and is recognized by the small blisters it causes. These blisters can occur on any part of the hand and may burst or leak fluid, particularly if the patient is unable to stop scratching the affected area.

If the skin cells grow at an accelerated rate, the patient’s right hand itching may be caused by psoriasis. When this condition occurs, the body is unable to shed skin cells quickly enough and patches of thickened, scaly skin may occur. When this condition affects the hands, patients may experience severe itching, as well as cracked skin and swollen joints.

Fungal infections are also a common cause of right hand itching and may cause itching on other parts of the body if they spread to other areas. As fungal infections are typically very contagious, people may develop them on their hands if they contract a fungus from a public area.

Whilst right hand itching can be caused by a particular skin condition, it may be caused by other types of health problems. For example, patients with diabetes may experience itching on their palms due to poor circulation. Due to this, patients who are experiencing right hand itching should always seek medical advice so that the condition can be diagnosed and treated by a physician.

How is right hand itching treated?

In order to treat right hand itching, physicians must first diagnose the patient’s condition. If other symptoms are also present, this may be fairly straightforward and a visual examination should be enough to diagnose the relevant condition. In more complex cases, however, a sample of skin tissue may be taken so that it can be tested and the patient’s condition confirmed. Alternatively, patch testing can help to confirm if an allergy is present and, if so, exactly what substances the patient is allergic to.

Foremost, patients with right hand itching may be treated with antihistamines and anti-inflammatories. Antihistamines will help to inhibit the body’s histamine response and can substantially reduce itching, whilst anti-inflammatories will help to minimize inflamed skin. In some cases, steroid medication may be prescribed if the patient’s skin is severely inflamed.

Following this initial treatment, right hand itching will be resolved by addressing the specific condition causing it. Patients with allergic contact dermatitis or sensitive skin may need to determine exactly what is causing the reaction so that they can avoid the substance in future, for example.

Alternatively, patients with fungal infections may be treated with topical or oral anti-fungal medications. These effectively kill the fungus, thus reducing the patient’s symptoms and preventing them from spreading to other parts of the body.

As atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are chronic conditions, these can require ongoing treatment. Similarly, dyshidrotic eczema can occur as a chronic condition, or as an acute episode. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, various treatments may be used to treat right hand itching caused by these conditions. These include:

  • Emollients
  • Steroid medication
  • Light therapy
  • Calcineurin treatments
  • Antihistamines

If the patient’s right hand itching is being caused by another, underlying condition, it should be resolved once this condition has been diagnosed and is under treatment. Whilst this process takes place, antihistamines and emollients may be used to reduce the patient’s itching and discomfort.

If right hand itching has resulted in broken skin, the patient may be at risk of developing a bacterial infection. In such cases, the patient’s treatment may be supplemented with either topical, oral or intravenous antibiotics, depending on the severity of the infection.

Can right hand itching be prevented?

It may be possible to prevent right hand itching, depending on what’s causing the patient’s condition. Individuals with allergic contact dermatitis can avoid right hand itching by identifying the cause of their reaction and avoiding the substance in future, for example.

Similarly, people with mild atopic dermatitis may be able to prevent right hand itching by using over-the-counter emollients and moisturizers. These help to retain moisture in the skin and prevent it from becoming too dry. As a result, the patient’s itching is reduced. With ongoing use, these treatments can prevent right hand itching and accompanying symptoms from worsening.

Although good skincare and hygiene routines can help to prevent right hand itching, it may not always be possible to avoid the symptoms of a skin condition. If right hand itching persists, despite preventative measures, individuals should seek medical advice so that their condition can be treated appropriately.