When two types of colors (black and white) appear on the skin, they may initially seem undesirable. Most people have black spots on their fingers and feet that are difficult to clean.
There can be several reasons for black spots on the fingers and feet. Many people suffer from health-related issues, and these spots can be caused by medication or even genetic problems.
Black spots on the skin of the feet can also be a sign of diabetes.
There is no age limit for the appearance of these black spots; they can occur on the hands and feet of any person at any age.
According to a Healthline report, black spots on the fingers and feet can indicate various health conditions. They can also be caused by a deficiency of vitamins and excessive use of medications.
Acanthosis nigricans is a condition where black spots appear on one or more parts of the body. Occasionally, it can cause itching or odor.
According to a 2010 study, acanthosis nigricans was found in 19.6% of people of all ages. According to this research, this condition was more prevalent among local American, African American, and Hispanic populations.
Acanthosis nigricans can affect anyone, but some individuals are more prone to it, such as those with genetic issues, African Americans, local Americans, Hispanics, or individuals who are overweight.
According to a 2016 study, black spots on the fingers and feet can also be caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12. The symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are listed below.
Fatigue, low blood count, breathing issues, dizziness, or mild headaches may be experienced, which are all related to nerve problems. A 2017 study reported that approximately 10% of people with vitamin B12 deficiency have black-colored fingers.
If you have black spots on your fingers and do not know the cause, it is better to consult a doctor for treatment.
First, try to find out about the best treatment from your doctor or dermatologist.
However, some home remedies can also be effective, including the following:
Baking Soda: Make a paste by mixing baking soda with water and apply it to your fingers and feet or wherever black spots have occurred for 15 to 20 minutes.
Lemon Juice: Apply lemon juice daily to your fingers using a cotton pad.
In addition to these remedies, moisturize your hands and feet regularly and use sunscreen when going outside.
Although moisturizers and sunscreen will not reduce the black spots on your fingers, they can help prevent damage and irritation caused by sunlight, cold weather, chemicals, and hot water.
Note: This article is based on information published in medical journals. Readers should also consult their healthcare providers for advice on this matter.