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Hand Eczema Top Tips & Tricks

Dyshidrotic eczema, also known as hand eczema or dyshidrosis, is a skin condition in which itchy rashes or small blisters develop on the palms, fingers, and soles of the feet. It can be severely uncomfortable and itchy, especially when developed on the fingertips or on the toes. When fluid begins to build up in the blisters or when the skin gets extremely dry, the itching and discomfort become intense.

It is most common for hand eczema to last for long periods of time, but single flare-ups are possible as well. If you have eczema on your hands, you will likely notice it on the edges of your fingers. As the blisters dry, the skin will crack and can cause pain. Because hand eczema can not as easily be hidden by clothes, it can affect social interactions and confidence.

While eczema is more common in infants and children, it is quite rare for children to experience dyshidrotic eczema. Hand eczema often runs in families, suggesting a genetic factor. After the age of 10 is usually when kids would experience a flare-up of eczema on the hands and feet, it is more typical for young adults. Interestingly, hand eczema is more common in people who have another form of eczema and is more common in women.

The cause of hand eczema is unknown, however, hand eczema is often related to high-risk occupations and aggravating exposures in everyday life. There are other common hand eczema triggers. It has been linked to seasonal allergies and possible allergic reactions. Those who are in contact with metals, particularly nickel, and salts are more likely to develop dyshidrotic eczema. Moist or sweaty hands and feet can trigger itchiness. According to AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), high levels of physical or emotional stress could be a cause as well. Many people say the blisters appear when stress hits and continue to appear until their stress lessens.

Although not curable, there are effective ways and home treatments for hand eczema. Here are some helpful tips for managing dyshidrotic eczema.

Cold compress and soaking - To reduce the discomfort of the itchy skin, it is recommended that you use a cold compress such as Cold Packs (available at Target, Amazon, and CVS) on the affected areas or soak in cool water for 15 minutes periodically.

Mild or low-strength cortisone creams (many available as Over-The-Counter drugs) are available for temporary relief. Do not apply steroid-containing creams for prolong periods of time. Use it at bedtime.

OTC Anti-itch medicine - Over-the-counter itch relief medicine pramoxine hydrochloride offers temporary itch relief when used topically. It functions as a local anesthetic. It is steroid-free and it can be used regularly. It is readily available in CVS and Walgreens. If the affected area is inflamed, however, pramoxine hydrochloride may not work because this pain-relief drug does not offer any anti-inflammatory functions.

Natural remedies for hand eczema - At LEMYKA, we believe in a holistic approach to this persistent condition.

Minimize irritants and allergic contacts - Start with identifying the source of flareups. Since many cases of hand eczema are caused by external factors (Contact dermatitis is often triggered by contact allergens, irritants, environmental factors, etc.), eliminating or minimizing the exposure to such sources will help control flareups. Be vigilant about the ingredients in your daily skincare products. Certain surfactants, alcohols (in hand sanitizers, cleansing or disinfectant wipes), preservatives, alpha hydroxy acids in toners or exfoliators, benzoyl peroxide (commonly used in acne treatment products), and fragrances may either irritate skin or sensitize skin (making the skin more sensitive and prone to allergic reactions). LEMYKA is created by skin experts with years of research in skin structure and functions. We are highly selective with what we put in our products. Many natural or organic ingredients can be contact allergens too! With gentle ingredients, we are able to create powerful products that protect the skin without any irritation. LEMYKA creams and washes are particularly suitable for hand eczema. Our products are allergy and dermatologist-tested.

Skin barrier restoration - A variety of exogenous sources (external factors) may disrupt epidermal barrier functions (skin barrier), it is crucially important to restore a healthy skin barrier that protects the skin and fends off bacteria, allergens, and irritants. The lack of consistent hand protection is often a major reason why therapeutic results are not optimal. While the regular wearing of protective gloves helps, in many cases is not always feasible depending on the occupation. Frequent use of barrier cream, on the other hand, is more doable and we highly recommend it!