Red palms and soles

Two-thirds of pregnant women find that their palms and the soles of their feet become red. This skin change is more common in white women than in black women. The redness can appear as early as the first trimester and is the result of increased blood flow to the hands and feet. In addition to being red, these areas may itch. Like most skin changes of pregnancy, the redness fades after delivery.

■ Self-care for red palms and soles

If your hands and feet itch, moisturizing creams may help.

■ When to seek medical help for red palms and soles

If the redness in your palms and soles doesn't fade after delivery, talk to your health care provider. Red palms and soles can also be a sign of cirrhosis of the liver, lupus or an overactive thyroid, although in those cases other signs and symptoms are likely to be present as well.

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