Dealing with dyshidrotic eczema
Dyshidrotic eczema is characterized by the formation of small blisters in fingers, palms and soles of the feet. The area with blisters becomes thick and scaly and eventually causes itchiness, redness and inflammation. This condition is common during spring allergy season.
The blisters can last for about 3 weeks before they become dry and sometimes the blisters becomes enlarged and very painful. As the blisters dry up, the skin will crack, thickened and spongy especially with frequent scratching. The blisters are about the size of the lid of a pencil and forms in clusters like the appearance of tapioca
- Blisters that forms on the edges of the toes, fingers, palms and soles of the feet
- Scaly and cracked skin
Causes of dyshidrotic eczema
- Conditions such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and hay fever are susceptible to dyshidrotic eczema.
- Excessive sweating of hands and feet or prolonged exposure to water
- Nickel found in jewelries, cell phones, keys, stainless steel items, metal buttons, zippers, snaps and frames of eyeglasses.
- Nickel in foods such as chocolate, soy beans, oatmeal, cocoa, almonds, nuts, canned goods and fresh/dried legumes.
- Cobalt found in cobalt-blue colored dishware, paints and varnish, jewelries, medical equipment, buttons and zippers.
- Cobalt present in fish, clams, leafy green vegetables, milk, liver, oysters and red meat.
- Chromium salts found in cement, leather, paints and anticorrosives.
- Apply cold and wet compress on the affected area to lessen the irritations. Wrap ice pack in a towel or a piece of cloth before placing to the area for at least 15 minutes to prevent further irritations and delays the healing. Another alternative is soaking a clean face towel in cold water and then wrap it around the inflamed feet or hands.
- Avoid popping the blisters to prevent development of infections and worsen the condition.
- Apply corticosteroid cream or ointment to lessen the pain and the itching.
- Prescribed injection or pill for severe dsyhidrotic eczema to lessen the symptoms and the pain.
- Prescribed antibiotics to lessen the pain and the symptoms if the area becomes infected.
- After applying cold compress, moisturize the area to lessen the dryness and the itchiness using Vaseline, Lubriderm or euricin and mineral oil.
- When taking a bath, use cool or lukewarm water for at least 15 minutes to hydrate the skin. Use fragrance-free soap with natural moisturizers such as vitamin E, olive oil and aloe Vera. Another alternative is using Neutrogena and aveeno is also good for the condition. Avoid using washcloth or loofa when cleaning the affected skin.
- Wear gloves when using household cleaners and wash clothes using irritant-free laundry soaps and fabric softeners to prevent residue and further irritations on the skin and worsen the condition.