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Dyshidrotic Eczema Management: Practical Approaches for Better Living

Hands with dyshidrotic eczema

From the palms to the soles, dyshidrotic eczema turns ordinary tasks into painful challenges, leaving those with the condition desperate for relief. 

What is dyshidrotic eczema?

It is a chronic skin condition that may come and go throughout the person’s life. It causes small blisters and dry, itchy skin. Dyshidrotic eczema flare ups usually occur on the palms of hands, soles of feet, and edges of fingers and toes. 

Who does dyshidrotic eczema affect?

While the actual cause of this skin condition is unknown, it is most commonly found in people who have a personal or family history of other forms of eczema or contact dermatitis. It is also found to be found more frequently in women than in men, specifically in women from the ages of 20-40. 

Flare ups usually come and go over long periods of time, but there are certain triggers to be aware of. Common triggers that can cause flares are: metals (particularly nickel), stress, laundry detergent, frequently wet hands from sweat or washing, hot and humid weather, and immune system activation from minor irritants or allergens. If you are someone who struggles with dyshidrotic eczema on your hands and feet, work on identifying your potential triggers that cause your flare ups, and try to minimize exposure to them. 

What are some natural ways to manage this condition?

There are some natural ways to manage dyshidrotic eczema, such as stress management techniques. Stress can induce or make this eczema worse, so if you are someone who struggles with anxiety and this form of eczema, try to incorporate stress-reducing activities into your daily routine to keep symptoms at bay. This could look like practicing breath work, meditation, writing down things you are grateful for everyday, and even moderate exercise. Sweat can trigger this eczema, so here’s a helpful tip: During exercise, consider wearing gloves and having several pairs to alternate between. Following exercising, promptly remove the gloves, wash your hands, and apply moisturizer without delay. Use warm water instead of hot water while washing your hands. 

Other natural ways to reduce these hand and feet eczema symptoms are to keep fingernails short, in order to prevent scratching from breaking the skin. Soaking your hands and feet in cool water can also help improve symptoms. 

Applying cool compresses as needed can help relieve itching and irritation - simply soak a clean washcloth with cool water and hold it to your irritated skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow the water to partially dry and then apply a moisturizer. Repeat this process multiple times a day.

If you are looking for a good moisturizer, LEMYKA's Healing Lotion is the perfect option. It is a gentle, nutrient-packed lotion that calms down redness, itchiness and inflammation. While this hand eczema can not be completely cured, and this product is not by any means a dyshidrotic eczema treatment, it can drastically improve your symptoms. For first time users, do a patch test to ensure no allergic reaction to any ingredient occurs. Then, use it as any other moisturizer. Apply the lotion liberally to focus areas multiple times a day as needed. We also want to note that this form of eczema can sometimes be linked to a fungal infection on the hands or feet, so it is a good idea to meet with your dermatologist to be prescribed anti-fungal medication if needed. 

For your convenience, explore LEMYKA’s Healing Lotion on our website. Our products are designed to help reduce eczema symptoms, offering you and your loved ones relief from the palms to the soles. 

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