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Painful Peeling Hands and Feet After Diving

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by Jack56, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. aquacat8

    aquacat8 Solo Diver

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    I am not a dermatologist, but I am a cosmetologist.
     
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  2. aquacat8

    aquacat8 Solo Diver

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    Of course I must recommend that you should talk to a real dermatologist about this.
     
  3. Valyngar

    Valyngar Nassau Grouper

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    Now that you showinh new pictures, they don't look like dermatitis eczema at all. Just skin peeling off like snake. Probably just because of long time in water your skin peeled like that. I would just give it time not worry about.
     
  4. tracydr

    tracydr Divemaster

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    Sounds like it could be a type of trench foot. Cold,wet conditions to the extremities.
    If that’s the case then I suspect that diving day will fix the problem by allowing you to layer and keep your core warmer,plus your feet would be dry. Would be curious to see if your hands are better when the rest of you is dry.
    I have dishydrosis,it doesn’t really look much like this although the conditions are certainly conducive for it. Stress,cold and then very dry climate after being wet. I used to get it badly in Colorado and winter plus swimming plus busy school schedule was a guaranteed rash inducer. Even worse in college,super high stress,Northern Iowa swimming and running outside all winter I had a time with it. Wool socks and gloves did seem to help.
    I suspect a dry suit will make a big difference once you figure out the liner you need for the water temp and dive lengths.
    You sound like a very experienced diver. The dry suit should only take a dive or two in a local quarry to figure out.
     
  5. Jack56

    Jack56 Angel Fish

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  6. Jack56

    Jack56 Angel Fish

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    Yes. Just saw a dermatologist and she suspects it is Aquagenic Wrinkling of the Palms and Feet. It’s very rare, of course.
     
  7. Jack56

    Jack56 Angel Fish

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    Hello Duke, I saw a dermatologist at UPENN today. She suspects it is Aquagenic Peeling of the Palms. It is very rare, mostly seen in those with CF. Which I do not have, but they want to screen for it anyway. She recommended Aluminum Chloride cream to be applied two weeks before a dive trip. This should make my pores smaller, which will make my hands and feet hold on to less water. It is prescribed for those with sweaty palms and feet. I am hoping this will work. It is a complete bummer, there doesn’t seem to be a cure. This could explain why I had the issue as a child, I must have had his rare condition my whole life and since I’ve been in water so much lately it is reemerging. I was also taking Naproxen before my last two trips and she believes this could have exasperated the condition.

    I will post again after my dive trip in February where I will be doing my full cave, I will be in the water for much longer then (yikes)
     
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  8. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    That's very interesting, thanks for sharing your diagnosis. Will put that in my bag of tricks.

    Best regards,
    DDM
     
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  9. Tamara SS

    Tamara SS Garibaldi

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    Sorry about the peeling. I am also suffering from this condition but for the first time. I was in Zanzibar. I stopped diving Tuesday afternoon, but then had two hyperbaric chamber dives Tuesday and Wednesday. Friday evening my fingers started peeling. I read an article called Diver's hands regarding compression divers. The article said that it can last a couple of weeks. I'm not looking forward to this. I followed all the rules, but ended up almost dying from decompression sickness or illness. I'm getting better slowly, but this skin thing is new. I will have my husband ask the hyperbaric chamber doctor about it.
     
  10. tcherna

    tcherna Garibaldi

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    Jack56, your pictures are exactly what I get after every dive trip. I was diving fine for a while, but I guess it has been 5-10 years now that after yearly trip, my finger tips get somewhat numb and feel puffy / calloused, and then the outer skin peels and underneath is cracked, wrinkled and very sensitive. Takes about a week for the condition to start and then lasts about two weeks.

    My dermatologist wasn't sure. I'm not sure if it is Aquagenic Peeling, since that description seems to have the spots and plaques developing right after water contact. The paper on saturation diving is much closer, strange that there has been no more info since that article from the 1990s.
     

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