Skin Issues: Dyshidrotic Eczema Causes and Treatments
What is Dyshidrotic Eczema and What to Avoid?
Dyshidrotic eczema is a common skin condition characterized by the presence of blisters and itchy skin. Although the exact cause of dyshidrotic eczema is not fully understood, healthcare providers believe that certain triggers, including allergies, stress, and frequently moist or sweaty hands and feet, may contribute to its development. Additionally, individuals assigned female at birth may be more susceptible to dyshidrotic eczema due to their increased exposure to certain antigens, such as nickel and cobalt found in jewelry.
If you are prone to dyshidrotic eczema or want to prevent its occurrence, there are several steps you can take to care for your skin:
Use Warm Water: When washing your hands, opt for warm water instead of hot water.
Soak in Cool Water: Soaking your hands and feet in cool water can help improve symptoms associated with dyshidrotic eczema. This can provide relief from itching and reduce inflammation. Ensure that the water is cool but not too cold to avoid further irritation.
Apply Cool Compresses: If you experience itching and irritation, applying cool compresses can provide temporary relief. Soak a clean washcloth in cool water, gently wring it out, and place it on the affected areas for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow the water to partially evaporate before applying a moisturizer.
Moisturize Frequently: Dry skin can exacerbate the symptoms of dyshidrotic eczema, so it's essential to keep your skin moisturized. Apply moisturizers frequently throughout the day to lock in moisture and prevent excessive dryness.
Thoroughly Dry Hands and Feet: After bathing or swimming, ensure that you thoroughly dry your hands and feet. Moisture left on the skin can contribute to the development of eczema. Gently pat the skin dry with a soft towel to avoid any further irritation.
Things to Avoid
Avoid gloves, socks, and shoes that are stuffy: If you need to wear gloves, socks, or shoes, opt for those that repel or absorb moisture. Gloves made of breathable materials can help prevent excessive sweating and irritation. Cotton or wool socks are ideal for absorbing moisture, and loose-fitting shoes allow for better air circulation
Avoid washing your hands with hot water.
During outbreaks of dyshidrotic eczema, there are additional measures you can take to soothe your skin:
Gentle Cleansing: Wash the affected areas gently with a mild soap to keep them clean and free from any potential irritants or bacteria.
Apply Antibacterial Cream or Ointment: After cleansing, apply an antibacterial cream or ointment to the affected areas. This can help prevent infection and promote healing.
Cover with Bandages or Gauze: Covering the affected areas with clean bandages or gauze can provide protection and prevent scratching or further irritation.
Change Bandages Regularly: It is important to change your bandages at least once a day to maintain cleanliness and promote healing.
Common Triggers Include:
Frequent contact with antigens
Frequent contact with nickel and cobalt in jewelry
Overly sweaty and damp hands
You are more prone to it if you worked with cement or metals
Medication, especially usage of aspirin and birth control
Over exposure in the Sun/UV rays
Step by Step Guide to Treat Dyshidrotic Eczema
Step 1: Use a Gentle Face Cleanser :Start by cleansing the affected area
with LEMYKA Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Apply a small amount of the
cleanser and gently massage it onto the skin. Avoid harsh rubbing
or scrubbing. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry
with a soft towel.
Step 2: Apply Lightweight Lotion after cleansing: apply LEMYKA
Natural Healing Lotion to the affected areas. Take a pea-sized amount
of the lotion and gently massage it onto the skin. Reapply the lotion
1-3 times a day, or as needed, to keep the skin moisturized and protected.
Step 3: Protect Your Skin with LEMYKA ZNO Mineral Sunscreen to
Prevent Sun Damage. Sun protection is crucial for individuals with
dyshidrotic eczema, as exposure to sunlight can worsen symptoms
and trigger flare-ups. To shield your skin from harmful UV rays, it is
important to incorporate a high-quality sunscreen into your skincare
routine. LEMYKA ZNO Mineral Sunscreen offers effective sun protection
while being gentle on sensitive skin.
LEMYKA products are formulated to be gentle and suitable for individuals with sensitive skin. Their fragrance-free, nickel-free, paraben-free, and steroid-free formulations make them an ideal choice for managing dyshidrotic eczema.