Hand and Foot Eczema Treatments (Dyshidrotic)
Approach your eczema treatment understanding that past failures in treating your skin do not have to be repeated. Let go of what hasn’t worked for you and let go of the belief that because one treatment didn’t work, neither will any other treatment. Examine your current treatment regimen and discard what didn’t work, let it go and move on.
Identify the things that make your skin react and if possible avoid them and if that trigger or allergen can’t be avoided, then find ways to minimize the impact. If your hands are dry and blistered because in your profession you have to wash your hands frequently, you may not be able to avoid washing your hands but you can minimize the impact by keeping your body well hydrated which will increase the moisture to the skin, and before and after work, apply a protective, healing oil to the skin and cover the hands with cotton gloves to help seal in the moisture. Try doing this each day during the ride to and from work and your hands will retain more moisture throughout the day.
Be alert to what you actually wash your hands with, hand sanitizer will dry your skin and in many studies has been shown to actually cause more germ resistance thereby being totally ineffective in its intended purpose. Avoid soaps with lanolin as this can be very irritating to many people, avoid deodorant and highly fragranced soaps as these additional ingredients are often culprits in eczema flares.
Treating dyshidrotic eczema (also known as: hand and foot eczema) is as simple as the following steps below. Dyshidrotic Eczema does not have to continue.
- Simply wash the affected area using lukewarm water and a perfume-free cleanser such as Neutrogena (the transparent facial bar) "dry skin formula - fragrance free" is very good. Likewise, the Dove 'Sensitive Skin Unscented Beauty Bar' .
- Apply Eczema-Ltd III to the affected area, which can be purchased here
- Apply a moisturizer, we recommend Jojoba oil (100% natural) is very good to use.
- Use oral antihistamines (such as Benadryl) as a possible way to help relieve the itching.
- Avoid using waterless or antibacterial hand cleansers for they contain alcohol, solvents, and other ingredients that may make your problem worse.
If the patient's job is causing dyshidrotic eczema (hand and foot eczema), your doctor can help you determine which or what irritating chemicals or work practices are contributing to this condition. In addition to modifying those risks, many of the same hand-protective strategies useful at home also can help at work.
Ironically, the more water there is in a lotion or other moisturizer, the more likely it will worsen hand eczema. So-called "cream" moisturizers contain more water than oil. When the water evaporates, these moisturizers have a drying effect on the skin. The very best moisturizer for hand eczema is a greasy one. It has very few ingredients, holds the skin's natural moisture in and provides a protective barrier to keep irritants out.
The following are lotions and moisturizers ingredients you want to avoid:
- Retinol or vitamin A
- Citric or fruit acids
In addition to the tips and information provided above, sufferers should also make a point of avoiding contact with substances to which they are allergic or have shown past skin sensitivity. Though there is no cure for eczema, taking steps to control flare ups can enable patient to live much more comfortable lives.
Symptoms of Hand and Foot Eczema (Dyshidrotic)
Dyshidrotic eczema symptoms are of finger blisters or bubbles on the side of the fingers and he palms. Likewise, the same symptoms can appear on the feet and the toes. The later more advanced symptoms be cracking and peeling of the skin with some weeping of body fluids to cause crusting when dry. Obvious other symptoms would be burning and pain especially when walking or moving of the fingers or toes.
In 80% of patients who suffer from dyshidrotic eczema, only the hands are affected. In 10%, only the feet are affected and in the remaining 10%, both hands and feet are involved. In many sufferers, the condition worsens during the summer months. Episodes can vary in frequency from once per month to once per year.
Causes of Hand and Foot Eczema (Dyshidrotic)
Though the exact cause is unknown, there are several factors concerning the cause of dyshidrotic eczema including:
- Excessive sweating - The original hypothesis of sweat gland dysfunction has been disputed because the type of lesions which form are not associated with sweat ducts. People with this form of eczema do not suffer from excessive sweating.
- Colds and allergies - Dyshidrotic eczema is sometimes associated with skin conditions resulting from colds and allergies. Of the people with dyshidrosia, one half of them suffer from atopic eczema.
- Fungal infection - In some patients, a distant fungal infection can cause hand eczema as an initial reaction.
- Diet - A tiny percentage of individuals with the condition note flares in their condition after ingesting metal salts, specifically chromium, cobalt, and nickel. Diets that eliminate these metal salts may help in some cases.
- Emotional stress - Dyshidrotic eczema often appears during times of stress, anxiety, or worry.
- Genetic predisposition - Dyshidrotic eczema tends to run in families.
- Certain work exposures (e.g., cobalt) and/or recreational exposures
- Recent exposure to contact allergens (e.g., nickel, balsams, lactones) before condition flares
- Exposure to contact irritants before condition flares
- Recent exposure to costume jewelry (patients with palmar pompholyx and allergic to nickel)
Hand eczema occurs most often in people who frequently have the need to wash their hands, such as restaurants professionals, nurses, or florist. Wearing protective gloves can help these sufferers to reduce flare ups. The warm, moist conditions in shoes provide an ideal situation in which foot dermatitis may also flourish. These eruptions often become chronic and can be severe. Chronic hand-and-foot eczema is similar to other forms of dermatitis in appearance.
Other possible triggers include:
- Deodorant soaps and strong detergents
- Extremely stressful situations
- Rubber or latex gloves next to the skin. If you must wear gloves, be sure to wear a cotton liner under them.
Dyshidrotic eczema ischronic form of eczema that appears during stressful periods of nervous tension. The best way to start is finding methods of relaxing with more sleep, a little exercise and try to limit your job to an 8 hour day.
Occurrence of Hand and Foot Eczema (Dyshidrotic)
Dyshidrotic (also known as: hand-and-foot) eczema obviously appears on the hands, fingers and feet with symptoms of deep blisters or bubbles, and a red scaly appearance. Dyshidrotic eczema can appear on both he hands and both feet of the patient.
Some women get hand eczema from the common house chores such as washing dishes and cleaning. The constant repetitive washing of the hands breaks down the natural skin's protective outer barrier.
Try to protect the skin with Jojoba Oil (found in health stores) or Safflower oil found in the grocery stores. Also, to wear protective gloves that are appropriate for the work performed. The only quick solution is Eczema-Ltd III. Many patients have used steroids and retinoids and protective messy coal tars without results.