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Small part of the skin on my hand peeled off?

Asked by minnie19 (435 points ) August 4th, 2012

It’s about the size of a bean. When I touch it, it hurts. When I lick it, it tastes like metal and it swell a little. Its color changed under different lights, but it’s darker than my normal skin color.

Is this strange or common?

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Sarah90's avatar

Heck no, it’s not common,see a dermatologist, ASAP !

woodcutter's avatar

That sounds like there has to be a mechanism of injury going by what you have told us so, what happened? ‘Fess up.

minnie19's avatar

@woodcutter Nothing… At least nothing happened to that certain area of my skin :S

woodcutter's avatar

Maybe a mole? or a liver spot but if you aren’t old then probably not a liver spot. Better have someone who knows what they are doing look at that.besides us We need a pic. Not sure fluther can do pics because I haven’t seen personal pics here yet.

Kayak8's avatar

Is it on the palm of your hand or the back of your hand?

AshlynM's avatar

Sounds like some type of skin infection or fungus. Maybe you’re allergic to some of the chemicals or bath products you use in your house. If it hurts, you should probably see a dermatologist.

gailcalled's avatar

What size bean? Adzuki, pinto, navy, black, garbanzo, Lima, string?
Beans of many sizes

is the surface scabbed, irritated, red and hot, shiny

woodcutter's avatar

The metal taste is odd for sure. Is there a core you can clean out? A spider bite?

Mbass's avatar

Blister.

JLeslie's avatar

With how you described it, I have no idea what is going on, could be tons of different things. The metal taste is not necessarily odd, blood tastes like metal/iron, so maybe if it peeled back pretty deep you taste iron. Meanwhile, don’t lick your wounds! You could infect it.

Was it a blister first?

Did you hit your hand?

Is it a deep chunk of skin?

Was it discolored first and then peeled off? Or, it peeled off and now the area is darker as it heals?

Too many possibilities without seeing it.

If you are worried about it go to the doctor. If it doesn’t get better in a week, go to the doctor. If it suddenly gets worse, go to the doctor.

minnie19's avatar

The area was very hard and dry and peeling looking during 3 days. the color wasn’t absurd then, but now it is since the skin is suddenly peeled. It’s dark red/brown…

JLeslie's avatar

Hard and dry like a callus? Now the skin is dark brown? Or, it scabbed? Or, the color looks deep down and the new skin looks fine?

minnie19's avatar

Well the skin is gone, and this it what’s under my skin I think. And I just washed my hands and towel made it hurt like hell, and now a liquid is coming from the area :S

gailcalled's avatar

So, when are you getting off the computer and going to the Dr’s?

(Isn’t your mother an MD? )

You said she is. Why not show the sore to her? One pair of board-certified eyes and the attached brain is worth 30,000 internet opinions.

minnie19's avatar

@gailcalled I’m living alone at the moment. And I can’t go to the doctor.
Should I keep it covered or open? It’s probably irritated and peeled. Would it be better if I leave it open?

gailcalled's avatar

Why can’t you go to an ER nearby? Or at least call your mother for advice. It would be, at best, irresponsible, and at worse, liable for me to give you advice.

minnie19's avatar

I can’t… I wish I could. I’m just asking if you get your skin peeled off, or just something happened to your skin that it’s not there anymore, do you put a band-aid or just leave it. It’s not worth going to the doctors for.

gailcalled's avatar

if it is a melanoma, it might be.

JLeslie's avatar

Was it dark before it peeled off? Or, now it is dark?

As far as whether to cover it, I recommend clean it first, then apply antibiotic ointment and cover it. If you don’t have antibiotic ointment then make sure it is clean, and then apply vaseline and cover it.

I’m not a doctor, that is just typically what is recommended for wounds. If it gets inflammed it might be infected and you will need a doctor. If you get red streaks coming out from it up your hand or arm that is a deadly emergency. Serious serious emergency. You have to keep an eye on it.

funkdaddy's avatar

It sounds like a blister.

Cover it with a band aid when you’re doing things, clean it and let it air out when you’re not. If you’re feeling ambitious put a little antibiotic ointment on there (Neosporin or something similar) just before you cover it.

It should heal in a few days. If it doesn’t, go see a doctor.

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