Dyshidrotic eczema, also known as dyshidrosis, is a skin condition in which itchy rashes of small blisters develop on the palms, fingers, and soles of the feet. It can be severely uncomfortable and itchy, especially when developed on the toes and when fluid begins to build up in the blisters, making walking painful. 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 and toes. 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.
Despite eczema being more common in infants and children, affecting over 20%, it is quite rare for children to experience dyshidrotic eczema. However hand eczema 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, but it is more typical for young adults ranging between 20 and 40 years old. This hand and foot 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 there are many known common eczema triggers. The condition has been linked to seasonal allergies and may be a type of allergic reaction. 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 the rash causing itchy hands and feet. For example, hairstyling or healthcare jobs often entail having wet hands due to frequent hand washing washing their hands frequently. It is believed by doctors that high levels of physical or emotional stress could be a cause as well, as is the case with other forms of eczema.
Although not curable, there are natural remedies and ways to manage dyshidrotic eczema. To reduce the discomfort of the itchy skin, it is recommended that you soak the affected areas in cool water for 15 minutes regularly. A strong moisturizer intended to repair the skin barrier helps with dryness, and is another way to reduce itching. LEMYKA developed a strong barrier cream called calming cream (make sure this is linked to the calming cream product page) that repairs inflamed skin and restores healthy skin barrier.
Certain food and spices could exacerbate hand eczema, changing your diet to exclude foods that likely trigger a flare up would help. If you are experiencing a flare up, avoid scratching and itching by applying itch relief creams such as LEMYKA calming cream, or prescription medical creams that reduce histamine as well as skin inflammation. Consistent use is important as skin healing takes time. It is also important to partake in stress management techniques, avoid harsh cleansers, and stay hydrated to strengthen your skin.
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