Is your skin thicker than usual in unusual places? You might have hyperkeratosis in one of its forms. Generally, it is either pressure related from excessive inflammation, irritation, or pressure to the skin; or non-pressure related which occurs on skin that isn’t irritated, likely the cause of genetics.
While the term “hyperkeratosis” may be new to you, you might recognize it in some of its forms. Calluses, corns, eczema, psoriasis, and warts are just a few examples of this condition.
Pressure-related or not, you might notice some of these conditions on your skin. Depending on the type, you might have different symptoms. For example, calluses are quite common on the hands and feet, a thickened area of skin usually brought on by pressure.
Corns usually form on or between your toes, and unlike calluses, aren’t uniform in nature, while eczema causes itchy red patches. If you have any symptoms of hyperkeratosis, it’s usually not cause for alarm. Most of the time, it’s not painful unless you have a callus or corn in an inconvenient area.
What To Do About Hyperkeratosis
Most of the time, there is nothing to worry about with any form of hyperkeratosis. You can manage things on your own for the most part, however, if you experience pain or discomfort, or your skin looks infected, you should make an appointment with your doctor immediately.
For those not in pain, you can simply follow these tips to help you:
Wear shoes that fit right
If you have a callus or corn on your foot, make sure to choose shoes that are comfortable and fit properly. Add padding over the lesion to keep from irritating it when you walk.
Don’t go barefoot in public areas
While you’re certainly not going to walk into the supermarket sans shoes, you might not think anything is wrong with going barefoot at the pool, gym, or in the locker room. Keep some sandals with you when you visit these places to avoid picking up any fungi.
Protect your skin
Particularly with eczema and psoriasis, you should always wear SPF at a minimum of 30 when you go outside. Watch out for dry air, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and fragrances too.
Additionally, if you have warts, which aren’t painful or serious, you can use OTC treatments. But failing that, your doctor can use laser treatments to remove it. Other forms of hyperkeratosis can be treated with corticosteroid creams prescribed by your doctor.
Hyperkeratosis happens to many people. If it’s not painful, you don’t need to worry, but if you aren’t happy with the aesthetics, you can also consult your doctor for safe and effective removal.
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