The palms of the hands are sensitive parts of the body and it is also the most used area, so if the palm gets itchy, it may affect the way you perform your daily activities. Itchy palm may not be a disease, but it could be a result of several factors or some disease conditions. To treat the condition, the cause of the itchy palm should be first determined. Here are the most common 5 causes of itchy palm and how each cause could be treated.

5 Common Causes and Treatments for Itchy Palm


Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Primary biliary cirrhosis may lead to skin itching or pruritus. Even if the disorder has not yet progressed, one of its early symptoms is itchy palms of the hands and soles of feet. Severity of itchiness may vary and may occur suddenly at daytime or at night. The cause of the itchiness is the free bile acids that are present in the bloodstream.

Treatment: To treat biliary cirrhosis, ursodeoxycholic acid can be used. The medication is given to patient to delay the progression of the disease. To manage the itchiness, antihistamines are usually given.


Food Allergies

Itchy palm may occur due to food allergies. Some individuals developed allergic reaction to some types of food. Eggs, peanuts, milk, soy and seafood are some of common food allergens. Food allergies may lead to overt abnormal systemic changes and physical signs, but skin changes are the most noticeable symptom of food allergies. Itchy palm and sole of foot are the earliest symptoms of food allergy.

Treatment: Treating food allergies that causes itchy palm is done by preventing the possible exposure of the person to the food allergens. Antihistamines are usually prescribed to treat chronic itchy palms and severe anaphylaxis.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Median nerve compression can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. The condition occurs due to too much writing, typing and other activities which require the use of hands and fingers. Pain with numbing itchiness of the palm is the most common sign of the disorder.

Treatment: Medications and surgical procedures are common treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome. Medications like aspirin, ibuprofen and corticosteroids can soothe nerve pressure and control some symptoms associated with itchy palm. In surgical procedure, the tissue that causes the pressure on the median nerve is severed.



Eczema is a broad disorder that has many subtypes that are usually characterized by itchy palms. One of the less common types of eczema is dyshidrosis or palmoplantar dermatitis. This condition affects the fingers, too. Itchiness gets worse during warm season or during nighttime. Another subtype of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is characterized by scaly, itchy and red rashes. The condition is associated with allergy and histamine intolerance.

Treatment: Most types of eczema have no exact treatment. The condition is just managed to relieve the symptoms, especially the itchiness. Antihistamines, antibiotics and steroids are prescribed to sooth the itchy palms associated with eczema. For atopic dermatitis, good skin care and emollients are given to reduce the itchiness.


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE is an autoimmune disorder. In autoimmune disorder, the body kills the healthy cells of the body. Symptoms associated with SLE may include some of the lesions and redness of the palms. Rashes caused by SLE can really bring discomfort, especially for those who are experiencing itchy palms.

Treatment: There is no exact treatment for SLE, but the condition can be managed by taking some immune suppressing drugs like corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide.


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  • MJTonyNov.30 03:05
    I had allergies, for years and took allergy pills as long. I thought maybe I outgrew the allergies, so I quit taking the pills, now after 4 days my hands are itching and throbbing extremely bad, just my hands??? My nose and eyes are not watering or itching anymore.
  • Clifton wNov.4 01:53
    My name is Clifton I'm 38 and when i wash dishes itching starts they feel like fire
  • Kgadi Oct.23 21:23
    My mom, both my sisters and i have had these symptoms from as far back as I can remeber, I think for me and my siblings it started each in our teenage years. We can't fall asleep before scratching our soles and/or palms, and it's the first thing we do when we wake up. I often feel the need to scratch my feet the moment I take off my shoes. We've all never seen a doctor about this condition. I'm 31 years old, sisters aged 37 and 27 so it's been going on for a long time. Could it be genetic?
  • BeckyOct.7 23:09
    I am experiencing itchy palms, in between my fingers and my arms.. it happens at night and not so much in the day. Doctors have given me some tablets as they think I'm alergic to something.. stopped taking the tablets as it was only a course and same thing is happening again.. so annoying!
  • DonOct.4 22:48
    I woke up 5:30 am and both palm of hands mega itched. Yes, more the scratching the more the itch. After taking antihistamine, washing hands, within 20 mins am better. This was not a food allergy related thing.....been eating the same stuff today as in past days. I just hope this doesn't come back again. Sheeeeesh !
  • RobinSep.9 13:58
    Mine was worse before I had gall bladder surgery. That took care of mine. But now I still have to take an antihistamine due to some allergies and it helps a lot.
  • SueApr.23 14:16
    4 days ago, my hands/palms/fingers started to itch the minute I wake up. No visible rash. Today it started with my hands and after i itched it for about 10 Minutes, my feet stared to itch, then my knees! It does eventual go away after about an hour but starts all over again the next morning. I haven't started any new meds or food or soap. Can't figure this out. It drives me crazy!,
  • NikibeeApr.7 08:43
    I have also been getting itchy hands and feet late at night, with no visible symptoms. I have a mild allergy to sulphites, so avoid drinking wine and cider, but I also found out recently that they are also in sausages and other processed meats. The itching was pretty bad last night, and I had had sausages for dinner, so I will cut out sulphites altogether and see if that works. I also often use peanut oil in cooking, so if the first doesn't work, I may try cutting that out too.
  • RwinderApr.5 13:05
    I've used triamcinolone cream for itchy palms, got a prescription from my doctor, works like a charm.
  • LindaFeb.13 20:54
    I had a total knee replacement about 16months ago but the itching started about 4 months after surgery. My fingers are really itchy but the hot water seems to make it worse. Any ideas?
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