Why do the hands and feet become wrinkled after staying in the water?

If you dip your hands and feet in water for a while, strange lines will appear on them, which some people feel ugly.

However, why do you keep other parts of the body immersed in water for as long as they do not have any effect?

Why do these wrinkles appear on the skin of the hands and feet? Answers to these questions have puzzled the minds of scientists for decades.

However, scientists tried to find the reason for this, which showed that the wrinkles appearing on the hands and feet indicate our health.

If the hands and feet are immersed in hot water, it takes about 3.5 minutes to form wrinkles, while cold water can take 10 minutes.

However, most studies have shown that more wrinkles appear in the hands and feet in a maximum of 30 minutes.

What do scientists believe?

Scientists previously believed that water passes through the upper layers of the skin and causes minor swelling, this swelling later causes wrinkles on the skin.

However, scientists have found that immersing hands and feet in water significantly reduces blood flow.

Due to the stoppage of blood supply, wrinkles appear and hands and feet start to look white yellow.

But scientists believe that if the nerves control these wrinkles, it means that there is a reason for this change in our body, which benefits us.

However, so far there is no solid reason to know what is the root cause and what is its benefit.

There are more keratin cells on the upper surface of the hands and feet than on other parts of the body.

Therefore, in other organs, wrinkles are less or less in the skin and more lines or wrinkles appear in the hands and feet.

Although our nails and hair are also made of keratin, they absorb water while bathing, so their skin softens instead of shrinking.


Author: DoctorMaryam.org

4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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