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i have tiny painful bumps appearing on my fingers and thumbs

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IAmBooyhoo Fri 11-May-12 23:35:10

for the last 2ish weeks or so i have had these tiny bumps appearing. no more than 2/3 at a time and on different digits. they only last about a day or 2 from first noticing til not there at all but for the last twoish weeks i haven't been without at least 1 bump. the first thing i notice is pain when pressure is applied to the area (like when passing the steering wheel through my hand or opening a door handle). almost like getting a tiny splinter. and that is when i notice that there is a tiny bit of what feels like hard skin but there is a tiny grey dot in the middle. when i say tiny, i mean the bump is about the size of an ink dot from a biro and the grey dot is smaller still in the centre of it. it is painful for about a day and then the bump and dot disappear completely but usually another one has appeared on another finger. it is on both hands and at different places on each finger/thumb so not restricted to the padded bit that types. but only on the front of the fingers not the side the nail is on. also, and this could be unrelated but about 3/4 weeks ago the inside of my right elbow got itchy all of a sudden one day and ever since it has been itchy on and off. there is no dry skin or rash or anything. just the itch.

any ideas what thsi might be? i'm thinking of seeing the gp but dont want to waste his time if it's something simple i can fix over the counter.

SafeDreams Thu 16-Mar-17 14:34:56

Wow, I've had this for years and even had a pustule (disgusting work!) swabbed and still had no answer! Mumsnet to the informative rescue grin

lozzylizzy Thu 16-Mar-17 13:40:24

My husband got these on his hands and feet a couple of years ago. Never got to the bottom of it!

eveR1983 Thu 16-Mar-17 10:05:16 i found this to be helpfull

ItsMeTheMummy Mon 25-Jul-16 22:20:02

I can't believe I've stumbled across this thread. I've never been on the general health thread before but my dd is feeding again and I need to stay awake so clicked on here.

I've been suffering from very sore, red bumps which seam to be what has been described above and it's been going on for over 15 years. I've only been to the Dr twice, once it was brushed off as me being too fussy as they'd faded by the time I got my appointment and the second time the Dr spent ages looking at my hands and then he admitted he was, in his words 'baffled', I was then told that if they come and go and don't cause too much trouble (obviously more trouble was needed than the pain/tightness and looking awful) then there wasn't anything they could do!

What thinkpinkstink said about hot & cold is really interesting to me as people tend to look at me like I'm crazy when I say that they flare up when the weather is changing, my hands make me a human barometer grin That and using too much antibacterial spray in the kitchen without gloves on.

I'm going to spend so much time Googling Pompholyx, thanks for the info MN smile

ThinkPinkStink Mon 25-Jul-16 17:25:41

I third (or is it fourth) the vote for pompholyx - I get it on my fingers when it first gets hot in the summer (or cold in the winter).

I have been prescribed all-sorts for it but have so far found the best cure to be keeping it cool, giving it time and rubbing liberally with coconut oil when it feels dry and tight.

grumpyfarts Mon 25-Jul-16 17:19:55

I think I get this:
Mine don't look as drastic as the photo and they don't really bother me. Maybe occasionally itchy?

Sunnydaze77 Mon 25-Jul-16 16:59:35

These bumps drive me crazy! Has anybody figured out what they are? For about a month now they have been coming and going on my finger tips and working down to the middle knuckle and the plam of my hands. They leave a little black spot when they go down. Also my hands have been tingling too, like they are asleep. Flare ups subside when I'm camping and get worse with constant cell phone use. It sounds weird but that's what I've noticed. I've seen 3 doctors and nobody had any ideas. :/

DontOpenDeadInside Tue 15-Mar-16 19:06:21

Hi everyone, I know this is an old thread but thought I'd ask this. My sil got some of these spots on her fingers. Then today I mentioned to her and db that I'd got a few now and db said he had too. Surely its too much of a coincidence for the 3 of us to have it (when none of us are excema sufferers) Is there anything else it could be. Dont think its hand, foot and mouth as sil has had hers about a month now and none of us has them else where. Just on our fingers/thumbs.

morewood0207 Sat 17-Oct-15 09:44:15

I have the exact same just started a few weeks ago , I'm going to book a GP appointment I've being doing some research and i think its DYSHIDROSIS not sure what causes it though but they say you are prone to it if you have a job where your hands are in water frequently or if your exposed to metal salts such as chromium. cobalt and nickel...if this is the case...i must absolutely 100% invest in a dishwasher !! LOL grin as i spend half my life with my hands in the sink doing the washing up!!!!

Fozzleyplum Wed 21-Nov-12 22:46:22

I've just found this thread and the subsequent Googling's been a real eye-opener.

I had an episode of a very similar-sounding rash on my toes a few years ago. The sore little blisters appeared quite suddenly in the thick skin on the pads of my toes, immediately after I'd had tonsillitis. I was a bit sceptical when the GP said they were a type of eczema, as they weren't like any eczema I'd had before. They did go though when I used the hydrocortisone he prescribed. I've now realised that the bumps that have recently appeared on the side of one of my fingers are the same rash, and am going off in search of the hydrocortisone cream.....

Brightonite Wed 21-Nov-12 22:35:17

Another vote here for Pompholyx...I have it and it's a blooming pain! First the pain and then the bumps. I use dermovate for a couple of days and that usually has an effect. It's worse if your hands get hot at night, so try and sleep with them out of the covers!

PixieHot Wed 21-Nov-12 22:31:02

Diseases that MN has given me:
Keratosis pilarsis and Pompholyx grin

2beornot Wed 21-Nov-12 22:17:30

My husband and I have got these recently. Not severely and not really an issue but we wondered what it was. Googled pompholyx and is definitely that.

Thanks Gobbin and lubeybooby

SandStorm Wed 21-Nov-12 22:10:46

I had/have these - look like tiny blisters, feel like little splinters. I went to the doctor and he had no idea. He was happy to refer me to a dermatologist if I wanted but he wasn't unduly worried by them as I told him they come and go and don't really bother me that much. I've also been known to get them on the soles of my feet.

gobbin Wed 21-Nov-12 22:08:26

Thereinmadness - with my husband they just disappear once he's feeling a bit less stressed, it's def this that is the trigger for him. He doesn't treat them, although they are v itchy.

AmIGoingMad Mon 19-Nov-12 18:38:43

I've never heard of that before! This site is amazing- you're all so knowledgeable! Thanks! smile

thereinmadnesslies Sun 18-Nov-12 21:35:02

I'd never heard of pompholyx before but I have this, I just never knew what it was called. Thanks both. Do you have this? If so what treatments work best for you?

lubeybooby Sun 18-Nov-12 21:01:36


lubeybooby Sun 18-Nov-12 21:01:04

Was just about to say pomphlox, so another votre here for that.

gobbin Sun 18-Nov-12 20:59:51

Google pompholyx, my husband gets these when he's a bit stressed or under the weather.

AmIGoingMad Sun 18-Nov-12 09:01:36

I just found this when googling! OP you describe them perfectly! Did you ever find out what they were? I know this is an old post but hoping you still check in sometimes!

sleeplessinsuburbia Sat 12-May-12 05:52:14

Sounds like how my reynauds started, first dr tried popping them (?) next tried to burn some off thinking they were tiny worts although I kept stressing they go away!

IAmBooyhoo Sat 12-May-12 00:39:29

thanks emmacate. i really hope whatever this is doesn't affect things wrt college and work. im really looking forward to getting back into work.

i will see pharmacist in teh morning and report back what they say.

thank you all.

EmmaCate Sat 12-May-12 00:36:21

A vote here for contact dermatitis (eczema - shouldn't be contagious re. your ambitions?). I get these; they also itch and sometimes have tiny bits of fluid at centre. The splinter comment i can really relate to.

I am allergic to Fairy and I suspect antibacterial soap (very harsh).

IAmBooyhoo Sat 12-May-12 00:32:49

i have to stop googling these things.

it doesn't look or sound like raynauds from what wikipedia and google images threw up. these bumps are so tiny. they really are hardly notible unless you get the light at the right angle and barely noticable by touch except i can feel the pain so know where they are.

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