When Eczema Strikes the Hands and Feet
People with dyshidrotic eczema suffer from itchy blisters that appear on the hands or feet. It is also known as pompholyx eczema or hand dermatitis, and it most often appears when a person is between 20 and 40 years old. The symptoms of dyshidrotic eczema include:
- Irritated, flaky, or bumpy skin
- Painful, oozing blisters on the sides of the hands and feet.
- Cracked skin on the finger or toes
- Thickened skin from scratching
10 percent of women and 4 percent of men experience dyshidrotic eczema in their lifetimes.
The exact causes of eczema on the hands and feet are not entirely known. However, the weather seems to play a role; dyshidrotic eczema tends to occur during humid summer weather and dry winter weather. Other factors include:
- Hands that are often wet
- Harsh chemicals
- A history of skin problems
- A history of asthma or other allergies
- A history of contact dermatitis (a skin allergy caused by touching a certain substance)
Since the blisters caused by dyshidrotic eczema are painful, the disease can make using your hands difficult. Talk to your doctor about possible steroid and non-steroid medications, as well as over the counter creams. Antihistamines also relieve the impulse to itch.
Try not to scratch eczema blisters. Scratching will cause the skin to thicken, and thick skin impedes medication creams for working. Keep away from harsh chemicals and limit your time in the shower. Left untreated, dyshidrotic eczema blisters can become infected, further aggravating symptoms.
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