What causes red palms?

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Red palms, or palmar erythema, is caused by increased cardiac output, high circulating estrogen levels and localized inflammation, according to Patient.co.uk. The condition can also be caused by hereditary liver disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, diabetes and sarcoidosis, explains Patient.co.uk.

According to WebMD, women can develop red palms and itching as a result of pregnancy. Redness of the palms may be caused by pregnancy-related rises in the hormone estrogen, however, this condition is not serious, and generally goes away soon after delivery, explains WebMD. Erythromelalgia is a rare cause of red palms, and in addition to redness, can cause burning pain and intense heat, according to The Erythromelalgia Association.

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