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Bumps on the Palm of a Hand

author image Nick Georgandis
Nick Georgandis has been a professional writer since 1993. His work has been published by the Associated Press, "Sports Illustrated," "The Houston Chronicle," as well as several regional and local newspapers and magazines. Georgandis has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.
Bumps on the Palm of a Hand
Bumps on the palms of the hands can come from any number of sources and should be diagnosed by a health care physician.

Human skin is susceptible to damage from any number of elements, irritants, bites from insects and other issues. If you have bumps that appear on the palms of your hands, there can be many explanations. However, the safest thing to do is to talk to your doctor, who can diagnose your bumps and suggest a treatment.

Basic Hygiene

Your hands are exposed to germs all day long. You use your hands as protection when you cough and sneeze, to eat and to assist in our bathroom activities. You are constantly touching door handles, household objects and computer keyboards that have been touched by other people. Washing your hands thoroughly on a regular basis can cut down on the risk of unwanted skin conditions.

Dyshidrotic Eczema

Dyshidrotic eczema manifests itself as a rash on the palms and sides of the fingers that takes the shape of small fluid-filled blisters resembling acne. Although there is no known cause, it is more common in tropical and sub-tropical climates. It can occur in people of all ages but is more common in people over the age of 10. Because the skin on the palm is generally thick, the blisters can appear to be deep in the skin and sometimes merge to form larger blisters. Frequent hand washing as well as applying petroleum jelly can be beneficial to combating the condition.


Warts are the result of human papillomavirus . They can grow all over your body but are more common on the hands and fingers. They usually do not itch, but they can be sensitive to touch and can bleed.They can be contagious through skin contact, sexual contact or sharing of towels or linens. You can treat warts at home by using salicylic acid on a daily basis for several weeks. Doctors have multiple ways to remove warts including freezing them off with liquid nitrogen.

Insect Bites

Insects are all around. Insect bites often appear as red, itchy bumps. If you believe you have been bitten, watch your symptoms and see if they escalate. There are some species of spiders whose venom causes severe pain. Some people also have allergic reactions to the stings of wasps, yellow jackets and bees that can be fatal.


If your child is suffering from unexplained sores or blisters on his palms, the cause might be a contagious infection called impetigo. Impetigo comes from one of two types of bacteria and is common in preschool- and school-age children, particularly those who already have had other skin problems such as insect bites or poison ivy exposure. The symptoms often occur on a child's face as well. The condition is contagious; you can treat it with antibiotics combined with antiseptic soap while washing.

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