Macerated Skin

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Skin maceration occurs when skin is in contact with moisture for too long. Macerated skin looks lighter in color and wrinkly. It may feel soft, wet, or soggy to the touch.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Swelling of the affected area

Possible causes

  • Candidiasis (oral, hands and feet)

    Normal human skin contains bacteria and fungi. Candidiasis happens when the fungus overgrows and invades the skin. Risk factors include warm moist environments, and a weakened immune system.

  • Genital rashes

    This is a condition where the skin over the genitals is itchy and inflamed.

  • Hyperhidrosis

    This refers to excessive sweating, even in cool weather and when not exercising. This can affect the whole body or only specific parts (e.g. sweaty palms). Hyperhidrosis can be caused by some thyroid disorders, problems with the nerves, as a side effect of some medication, or may have no known cause (idiopathic).

  • Tinea / tinea unguium
  • Paronychia

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Has your skin become soggy and wrinkly (e.g, after a long bath)?

Other Related Symptoms

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  • Pustule

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