The medical term for red palms is palmar erythema (PE). This can occur on its own (primary PE) or as a result of a disease (secondary PE).
Primary PE can be genetic. Red palms occur in a least 30% of pregnant women as a result of changes in the skin due to the hormonal effects of pregnancy.
Secondary PE can be caused by a wide variety of diseases. Liver disease is a common cause. Up to a quarter of people with liver cirrhosis; can manifest PE. PE has been reported in more than 60% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. A fifth of people with hyperthyroidism (elevated thyroid levels) have PE. PE occasionally occurs in patients with diabetes mellitus. Several drugs can cause PE. The more common offenders include; amiodarone, gemfibrozil, cholestyramine, topiramate, and albuterol. Fifteen percent of patients with cancer either originating in the brain or spreading to the brain will have PE. Smoking and chronic mercury poisoning are environmental causes of PE.
Talk to your doctor about your red palms. As you can see, red palms may be a symptom of some problem in your body and, unless you have had this most of your life, you should consult your doctor.
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