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What is Hyperkeratosis?

Description of the disease

Hyperkeratosis is a pathological condition in which the skin becomes thicker and more cornified due to excessive keratin formation. It can manifest on various parts of the body, such as the feet, palms, elbows, knees, as well as areas of friction and pressure.


  • Hyperkeratosis of the feet
  • Hyperkeratosis of the palms
  • Hyperkeratosis of the nails


Symptoms of hyperkeratosis may include thick, yellowish or grayish skin, formation of calluses and cracks, itching, pain and discomfort.


Several factors can contribute to the development of hyperkeratosis, including increased friction or pressure on the skin, improper footwear, metabolic disorders, genetic factors.


The diagnosis of hyperkeratosis is usually made based on clinical examination and patient history. In rare cases, a skin biopsy may be required to confirm the diagnosis.


Treatment of hyperkeratosis includes the use of mild abrasives to remove excess calluses, moisturizing agents, regular formation of calluses, and correction of footwear.


To prevent hyperkeratosis, it is advisable to avoid increased pressure and friction on the skin, use proper footwear, and regularly care for the skin.


Hyperkeratosis is treated by a dermatologist.