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Peeling fingers and toes Sharonblueyes{EBFB} 3 kids; Sequim, Washington 23124 posts
16th Nov '09

I have a weird question. In the last few days, I've noticed my 3 1/2 year old daughter has peeling skin on her fingers and toes.

It's not just dry skin... it's like the entire top layer of her skin is coming off in sheets, almost as if there is an air bubbleunder her fingertips. I can peel it off in swaths. It seems like it starts around her fingernail first, and then continues down to about her first knuckle.... like her entire fingertips and toe tips are coming off.

This has happened to both her hands, and one foot. Every digit. The other foot has not peeled at all.

I think it's super weird, because the skin does not look red, or inflamed, or dry. It looks completely normal besides the peeling. And the skin underneath looks normal too. It doesn't look like an infection, or fungus of any kind which usually has inflamation with it... her nails look normal. She didnt get into any chemicals that I know of.... it's not like she was burned or anything.
She says it doesn't hurt or itch. She hasn't complained about it at all. She has no other skin issues, and hasn't been sick at all.

Anyone have anything similar happen? Does it stop and go away on it's own? Was it a one time thing, or did it keep happening? Was it something you had to treat in some way?
Anyone experience this or have a guess as to the cause?
I googled it and cant find anything that sounds right.

If it doesn't stop or get better, I'll make her an appoinment, I'm just curious for now if anyone has had this happen and what it was.

Crunch 3 kids; Texas 17619 posts
16th Nov '09

My brother has that happen alot, the cold weather can do it to him, or from him washing his hands too much.

mandica_12182 TTC since Dec 2006; 81 kids; Columbus, Ohio 171 posts
16th Nov '09

Happens to my son too, I never did figure out what it was! it's very strange, I know exactly what u r explaining.

Sharonblueyes{EBFB} 3 kids; Sequim, Washington 23124 posts
16th Nov '09
Quoting NaturalMom.:
Blush & Bottles TTC since Apr 2013; 1 child; Nebraska 11503 posts
16th Nov '09

My daughter isn't even three weeks yet and that happen.At her doctor he said its normal and it would stop.Its just she was in water for nine months and now she not and her skins is getting rid of a layer.



It stop pretty much and little bit on her feet.Her hands were real bad at first but now they're okay

Sharonblueyes{EBFB} 3 kids; Sequim, Washington 23124 posts
16th Nov '09
Quoting im[a) mommy:
Sharonblueyes{EBFB} 3 kids; Sequim, Washington 23124 posts
16th Nov '09
Quoting mandica_12182:
A ♥s E.T. Due March 14; 18 kids; Cheyenne, Wyoming 21773 posts
16th Nov '09

It happens to one of my brothers every year when winter hits and has since he was a little kid. Once it gets done peeling it stops, and doesn't happen again until the next year. Annoying, and a little gross looking, but it's never been an issue. No clue what actually causes it though.

Sharonblueyes{EBFB} 3 kids; Sequim, Washington 23124 posts
16th Nov '09

Hmm.
I did some more looking online, found one post from Medhelp.com where the doctor said it's common for fingers and toes to peel after a Strep infection.
Addie and Isla both had a virus/cold for a week around Halloween... never bad enough to take them to the doctor, but definitely had the green snot, yucky smelling breath, etc.
My good friend IRL who has 5 kids, had all of them diagnosed with Strep around the same time, and they went on antibiotics for it. So that's very possibly what it was.
That doctor said no treatment is needed, just keep it moisturized and it should stop on it's own.

Wierd! You learn something new everyday I guess. :)

SunDropBootyPop 1 child; New Windsor, New York 34173 posts
16th Nov '09
Quoting Sharonblueyes{EBFB}:
rtf 1 child; Cashmere, Washington 6202 posts
16th Nov '09

Hmmmm, very odd. I know that can happen if you're more than 1/8 reptile.

Sharonblueyes{EBFB} 3 kids; Sequim, Washington 23124 posts
16th Nov '09
Quoting Milo'smom:
rtf 1 child; Cashmere, Washington 6202 posts
16th Nov '09
Quoting Sharonblueyes{EBFB}:
Sharonblueyes{EBFB} 3 kids; Sequim, Washington 23124 posts
16th Nov '09
Quoting Milo'smom:
Dustin Medina Texas 1 posts
31st Aug '11

Its happening to my 2yr old son....i looked up the kawasaki disease which has many of the same symptoms but it can cause heart problems...i dnt think his problem is that bad though...you might want to look into it