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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is keratosis palmoplantaris?

There are many types of keratosis palmoplantaris, they all involve thickening of the skin, usually on the palms of hands and soles of feet. The condition is harmless. It can either be inherited, or acquired in association with other health or other environmental factors.

Symptoms of keratosis palmoplantaris

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Skin hardening

  • Change in nail color

Questions your doctor may ask to check for keratosis palmoplantaris

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose keratosis palmoplantaris

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

  • Has your nail color changed?

Treatment for keratosis palmoplantaris

The skin can be softened by moisturisers, ointments or creams that are applied to the affected area. This is not a dangerous condition and generally does not require further intervention.

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