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7 Things Your Hands Can Tell You About Your Health

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The human hands are one of the first parts of the body that show signs of aging, but that’s not the only thing they indicate. They also show signs of when something is wrong with our health. Doctors suggest that the conditions of our hands are as a result of some number of medical changes our body is going through. Here is a list of 7 symptoms that you need to pay close attention to in order to maintain good health.

Red palms

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Actually to doctors, red palms or palmer erythema can be an indication of problems with the liver especially in people above the age of 50. Naturally, the redness can be seen on the outer edge of the palm.

This could be as a result of a change in the hormonal balance which can cause blood vessels to dilate. Rheumatoid arthritis can also lead to redness on the palms. If you notice any redness or red spots on your palms, you need to seek a doctor’s opinion for it.

Sweaty palms

Sweaty palms can be caused by several things which may include; Stress, overactive thyroid, and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Stress can be reduced when you get enough rest. You could try some breathing exercises as well, Yoga and some gentle physical exercises.

Hyperhidrosis can be controlled using strong antiperspirants. If nothing seems to work, you would have to make a doctor’s appointment.

Loss of sensitivity and tingling

Often, we may wake up to the feeling of losing sensitivity in certain parts of our body, and these parts tingle when we start moving our body. Usually, this could be as a result of excess pressure applied on these area’s sensory nerves for too long. The tingling happens when the nerves are trying to get back to work.

Other times though, our hands feel nothing or experience tingling due to problems from carpal tunnel syndrome, venous thrombosis of the limb, cervical osteochondrosis, anemia, brachial plexus injury or diabetes. Consult your medical doctor if you feel loads of sensitivity in your hands for no reason.

Dry hands

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Dehydration and estrogen deficiency are the most common causes of dry skin on the hands. You can easily dehydrate by drinking enough water but ensure you don’t drink diets much. You could also try hands moisturizer.

Dry hands can be very discomforting, however, you can add seeds, oily fish and nuts to your diet to help your hands get all the natural moisture. Visit your medical doctor for hormonal replacement therapy to help you monitor and control the estrogen drop.

Trembling hands

It’s no news that shaking hands can be a sign of severe health problems. Health problems such as Parkinson’s disease.

If this is the case (trembling hands), you should go seek medical advice, but you could also help yourself by limiting your intake of alcohol and coffee as have been known to cause trembling hands.

Stress and anxiety could also be a possible reason. Get enough rest and engage in healthy activities.

Weak nails

Cracked or weak nails can be a sign of zinc deficiency. Zinc is entirely vital for our health as it speeds up healing of wounds, strengthen the immune systems and helps cells division.

You can increase the body’s level of zinc by adding some zinc-rich foods to your daily diet such as meat, nuts, and oats. Doctors equally recommend taking zinc supplements if it’s deficient in the body.

Clubbed fingers

If your fingers appear like drumsticks or clubs where the nails and fingers develop a bulbous end, this usually is an indication of oxygen deficit in the body. It may be the symptoms of sever diseases such as heart disease or cancer. It is wise to consult with your doctor as soon as possible if you notice your fingers see clubbing.

Have you had any of the above issues before? How did you resolve them? Let us know in the comments below.

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Disclaimer: This article is purely informative & educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Oluwafemi Michael
Oluwafemi Michael is an online Mental Health Therapist, Advocate for Mental Health Awareness, a programmer, and also a content creator from Edo state, Akoko-Edo LG.
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