Hyperkeratosis Symptoms

Hyperkeratosis Symptoms

is a rare inherited skin disease characterized by blistering, redness, scaling and thickening of the skin at birth. The outer layer contains tough protective protein called keratin. This thickening is always part of the skins protection against rubbing, pressure and other form of skin irritation.

The causes of hyperkeratosis include:

Chronic inflammation of the skin

It’s one of the symptoms of hyperkeratosis. It can be triggered by allergies, irritating chemicals and other causes. This causes the skin to develop;

Blisters – It is an amount of fluid trapped underneath the skin between layers.

Red Skin – These are red spots or patches on the skin.

Scaly skin -This is a tough skin formed and is has scales.

Thickened skin -This is toughening of skin or scaling of the skin

Corns and Calluses

They develop particularly in areas exposed to regular friction and pressure. In response to this, dead cells accumulate and harden. Calluses mainly form on soles of the feet and palms of the hand. They could be a painful experience and may need medical help.

Plantar Warts

They are small bumps on the skin normally caused by a virus known as human papilloma virus (HPV) infection.  Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet. HPV is infectious and is transmitted through direct contact with infected skin. Typically this will be through shaking hands or touching someone who is already affected. Walking on gym floor barefooted or wearing someone else shoe who is infected is a recipe for you being infected as well.

Lichen Planus

This condition may appear as a lacy white patch on the inside of the mouth or itchy violet color or scaly patches elsewhere on the skin.

Actinic Keratoses

They are flat red rough sandpaper like spots or patches on the skin. They may be caused by excessive exposure to radiation usually ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Not treated early may potentially develop into skin cancer.


Seborrheic Keratoses

They are small non cancerous skin growths tan or black in color. You may find them on your face, arms, legs or trunks

Heat Intolerance

This is a lesser symptom of Hyperkeratosis. It’s a condition where a person is intolerant to changes of temperature especially heat.

Other symptoms may be hereditary in nature and may appear as a widespread thick plate like scaling of the skin. These symptoms begin either at childhood or during birth.



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