Causes | Symptoms | Treatment for Burning Itching Hands and Feet

There are a host of factors that can contribute to sensation of burning and itching in the hands and feet. In most cases the cause may be some form of localized problem; however in some cases it may be indicative of a more systemic problem.

Causes of Burning Hands and Feet

Itching and burning of hands and feet are often associated with other noticeable changes like cracking, redness or development of rash on the skin.

Here are some common causes associated with itching and burning skin,

  • Allergic reaction to food items, detergents or soap or certain medications can result in itching sensation on ┬áthe hands and the legs
  • Skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis can also result in itching in the hands and the feet. In most cases, these conditions are often associated with scaling, burning and redness. In some cases, excessive scratching of the skin may also result in bleeding or blood spots.
  • Stress is considered to be another contributing factor.
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency can also result in sensation of burning in the feet and hands. This is more frequently observed in patients with diabetes or other ailments associated with neuropathies.
  • Other factors associated with itching and burning can be insect bites, hypertension and hyperthyroidism.
  • Jaundice is also responsible for itching in the hands and feet.

Itching Hands and Feet Symptoms

While itching and burning of the skin are the primary symptoms, the condition can also be associated with other symptoms like,

  • Excessive redness with pricking pain in the palms and soles
  • Formation of cracks and peeling of the skin
  • Change in color and texture of the skin. In cases the itching is associated with jaundice; the skin may become yellowish in color.

Treatment for Burning and Itching in Hands and Feet

Most often the treatment would depend upon the underlying cause of burning and itching, however here are some simple home remedies and natural supplements that can help in the management of the condition,

  • Local application of a mixture of raw honey with turmeric is considered beneficial. Honey has a soothing effect on the skin, while turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Avoid foods that are oily, fatty and difficult to digest. Identify foods that have resulted in aggravation of the condition and avoid them. Processed foods need to be avoided completely
  • Increase intake of low fat milk and low fat dairy products. Alternatively increase the intake of lean meat, eggs, etc. These foods are good natural sources of Vitamin B12 and help in the management of neuropathies that can result in itching and burning sensation on the skin.
  • Avoid using harsh soaps or chemicals on the skin. It is possible that the skin may be allergic to these products. Also ensure that you keep your hand and feet dry at all times. Moisture can cause itching.
  • Local application of coconut oil or wheat germ oil can prevent dryness of the skin, which may also result in itching of the skin.

2 thoughts on “Causes | Symptoms | Treatment for Burning Itching Hands and Feet

  • October 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    What can I do for burning and itchy feet and hands? What are the reasons?

    • October 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

      There are varied reasons responsible for burning and itchy feet and hands. Most common among them are vitamin B12 deficiency, stress, eczema in feet and hand, diabetes and not to forget insect bite. Kidney and liver problems may also cause itching, but it is all over body and not restricted to hands and feet. Allergy to certain soaps and detergents can also cause itching and burning in feet and hands as they often come in contact with this substances. Different causes may require different type of treatment. Eat a balanced diet consisting vitamin B12 and other B vitamins. Vitamin B12 is present in eggs, liver, fish. If you are allergic to soaps and detergents try to avoid them or wear hand gloves while handling them. Control your blood sugar level if you are diabetic. Apply coconut oil to the area. It is time tested natural remedy for burning and itching in hands and feet, particularly with insect bites.


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