My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Ask Your Question

WebMD Answers

120 Characters remaining
120 Characters remaining
  • First, try and keep your question as short as possible.
  • Include specific words that will help us identify questions that may already have your answer.
  • If you don't find your answer, you can post your question to WebMD Experts and Contributors.


Posted: | Report This Report Question |

Answers From Experts & Organizations (1)

Internal Medicine and Endocrinology
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Diabetes Association,
41 Answers
9,834 Helpful Votes

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.

This answer should not be considered medical advice...down arrowThis answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

| Report This Report Answer

Was this helpful?


Thanks for your feedback.

1727 of 2067 found this helpful