Last reviewed by Editorial Team on August 13th, 2018.
Are you experiencing itchiness at the level of your right palm? What does it mean? The skin on the palm is exposed to various irritants, such as toxic substances, chemicals or even common household products. The itchiness is actually one of the most common symptoms, being suggestive of a potential allergy to a certain object or substance. This symptom is often present at the level of the right palm, as this is the dominant hand (it can also occur because you have touched the irritating substance with the respective hand).
In the situation that you have an itchy right palm, you should refrain from scratching, as such actions can aggravate the itchiness. Also, it might be a good idea to avoid the irritating substance/object, provided you know what caused it in the first place. Before trying out any remedies, it is important to visit the doctor and obtain a correct diagnosis. Only after you know the condition from which you are suffering, you can follow an adequate treatment or try out different natural remedies.
Symptoms of Itchy Right Palm
As it was mentioned above, the itchiness at the level of the right palm is a common symptom, being encountered in those who have come into contact with potentially-irritating substances. Apart from itchiness, patients can present any of the following symptoms:
- Inflammation at the level of the right palm
- The skin on the palm can be warm to the touch
- Small bumps or even vesicles can form on the palm (suggestive of an allergic reaction)
- Vesicles with clear liquid (suggestive of recent thermal or chemical burns)
- Dry skin (decrease in sebum production)
- Flaky or scaly skin.
What are the Causes of Itchy Right Palm?
These are the most common causes that can lead to itchiness at the level of the right palm:
- Allergic reaction – can appear as the person comes in contact with laundry detergent, fabric softener or different cleaning products
- Infection – most common, bacterial or fungal overgrowth (such as candida albicans)
- Dry skin – low sebum production at the level of the skin (commonly caused by the cold weather, when the air is dry; also seen in people who are older in age)
- Skin infestation – the most common one is scabies, which is caused by mites (Sarcoptes scabiei)
- Vitamin B6 overdose – an itchy right palm can appear when a person takes excessive quantities of vitamin B6 (however, no other symptoms are present)
- Medication – the itchy right palm can appear as a side-effect of different medication, such as pain killers
- Eczema – this appears when the person has a severe allergic reaction to various allergens; the intense itchiness is almost always accompanied by the formation of blisters
- Skin disorders – the itchy right palm can be one of the symptoms of psoriasis or even appear in patients who suffer from pitted keratolysis
- Other causes
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease (kidney failure)
- Thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism)
- Crohn’s disease
- Stress, intense emotions or anxiety.
Treatment for Right Palm Itchiness
The treatment can be addressed to the symptoms experienced by the patient and also to the underlying cause. Sometimes, treating the underlying condition is required, in order for the experienced symptoms to disappear.
These are the most common measures of treatment recommended for such problems:
- Topical or oral administration (depending on the severity of the allergic reaction)
- Can reduce the intensity of the itchiness and also the associated inflammation
- Recommended in more severe cases of allergies
- Topical or oral administration
- Cannot be administered for prolonged periods of time, due to the overall negative side-effects
- Antifungal medication
- Topical or oral administration (depending on the severity of the fungal infection)
- Most common – topical administration
- Oral administration might be reserved for more severe cases
- If antibiotics are administered orally, they have to be taken for as long as they are prescribed for, otherwise the bacteria will develop resistance to the treatment
- Probiotic supplements are administered at the same time with the oral antibiotics, so as to maintain a healthy intestinal flora.
These are the self-care measures and natural remedies you can consider:
- Freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- Direct application to the palm
- Hydrates the skin and prevents the itchiness caused by dry skin
- This is especially recommended to be used during the cold season, when the skin presents an increased risk for becoming dry
- Recommended – soaking in oatmeal bath
- Relieves the itchiness at the level of the palm
- The hands should be kept in the oatmeal bath for approximately 15 minutes
- Cold compress
- Recommended in case of moderate to severe itchiness
- Can provide immediate relief from the itchiness
- May also reduce the associated inflammation
- Coconut oil
- Recommended because of its moisturizing properties (can help those who suffer from itchiness caused by dry skin)
- Can also reduce the intensity of the redness
- Can be applied before going to bed, in order to soften the skin
- Aloe vera
- Recommended in patients who experience itchiness as the result of an allergic reaction
- Can also moisturize the skin and reduce the associated irritation
- Can be applied directly to the skin
- Vitamin E
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-itchiness properties
- Best applied before going to bed (vitamin E oil)
- Can also be used as lotion or cream
- A diet rich in vitamin E can also help to prevent allergic conditions, such as eczema
- Antiseptic and antibacterial properties
- Best used in combination with olive oil (hydrating effect)
- Variant – Manuka honey (highly effective)
- Soothing effect on the itchy skin
- Best used – compression dipped in chamomile tea
- Also recommended – chamomile cream, chamomile essential oil (bath soak)
- Neem (Indian lilac)
- Recommended in case of itchiness caused by dermatitis
- Best used in combination with turmeric and sesame oil
- Paste applied directly to the skin and maintained for a couple of hours
- Alternative – neem essential oil (bath soak).
It is possible to prevent the itchiness at the level of the right palm by wearing protective gloves when coming in contact with substances that have a potentially-irritating effect. Doctors also recommended that you avoid keeping your hand in water for a prolonged period of time, as this can increase the risk for allergic reactions.