Dealing with Stubborn Dermatitis
Author: Rosie Wallace
One of most uncommon forms of eczema is dyshidrotic eczema. It manifests itself on the palms of the hands, the side of the fingers, and soles of the feet. Sweat was once considered the cause of these outbreaks. Vesicles or tiny dense bumps form and thickening; when they crack there is an intense itching that becomes worse during night. Like other types of hand eczema, it gets worst during warmer weather.
This type of skin condition has lots of blisters. At first the blisters look like very small beads that converge to become a rash the size of one's fingernail. Later these blisters will start to ooze. Although this condition can recur often and become chronic, it is not contagious to other people. However, this type should still be treated with care. Since the blisters have deep roots, if you scratch them you can risk causing secondary skin infection. Scratching the blisters can also thicken the skin. Sometimes the skin will turn red and the blisters will become crusted. There is some pain during the more severe flare-ups, but more intense pain from the cracks may develop in chronic cases.
The exact cause of this rare skin abnormality is not currently known. A flare up can even be triggered with stress. Sometimes outbreaks are seasonal just like certain allergies. The majority of people who are afflicted by this skin condition are adults with women and men suffering equally.
In most cases, your physician can provide a diagnosis of your situation just by looking at your skin. However, sometimes the doctor will perform a skin biopsy or take a blood sample to determine if the condition is caused by a different reason. It is helpful if you have family history information and information about previous breakouts. If at any time you get a fever, your skin turns reddish, or becomes contact your doctor right away as infection may have set.
You can try home remedies to help relieve the symptoms of dyshidrotic eczema. The most common and easiest to remember is to not scratch your skin. You can also soak your affected hands or feet in saltwater, which will help to dry up many of the blisters. You can use topical steroids and antihistamines to help with most of the itchiness, but make sure you consult a doctor before you start.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dyshidrotic Eczema ...?
I have Dyshidrotic Eczema. I have had it for 9 years now, and I have been to many dermatologists and the all prescribe a cream with a steroid, which does work, slowly but is there are side effects. They also say that I cant use the creams for more than a few weeks at a time and I cant stay on the same cream for more than 6 months as I will build a tolerance to it. All that being said, are there any natural or homeopathic remedies?
PS I am in health care and I must wash my hands about 30 times a day on average, so using a mild soap or washing as little as possible is out of the question. I also must wear gloves for prolonged periods of time and use alcohol based hand sanitizers. There is just not getting around any of that. Needless to say I am in an almost constant state of "breakout."
My friend, you need something to work from inside out as much as you need those creams & ointments.
Corticosteroid creams and ointments have been used for many years to treat atopic dermatitis and other autoimmune diseases affecting the skin. Sometimes the base used in certain brands of corticosteroid creams and ointments irritates the skin of a particular patient. Side effects of repeated or long-term use of topical corticosteroids can include thinning of the skin, infections, growth suppression (in children), and stretch marks on the skin.
When topical corticosteroids are not effective, the doctor may prescribe a systemic corticosteroid, which is taken by mouth or injected instead of being applied directly to the skin. An example of a commonly prescribed corticosteroid is prednisone. The side effects of systemic corticosteroids can include skin damage, thinned or weakened bones, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, infections, and cataracts.
In adults, drugs that suppress the immune system, such as cyclosporine, methotrexate, or azathioprine, may be prescribed to treat severe cases of atopic dermatitis that have failed to respond to other forms of therapy. These drugs block the production of some immune cells and curb the action of others. The side effects of drugs like cyclosporine can include high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, kidney problems, headaches, tingling or numbness, and a possible increased risk of cancer and infections. There is also a risk of relapse after the drug is stopped. Because of their toxic side effects, systemic corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs are used only in severe cases and then for as short a period of time as possible.
Natural and holistic treatments are a safer, gentler alternative to use without the harmful side effects or allergic reactions.
Best of all, you can use them as often as you like, for as long as you like. Herbal ingredients such as Vitamin E oil, Mentha pipererita oil, Bulbinella frutescens tr. and Aloe ferox tr. work quickly to soothe and promote healthy, trouble free skin. Other highly effective herbs include Glycorrhiza glabra, Melia azadirachta, Sambucus nigra and Stellaria media which help to provide relief from itching and discomfort and reduce eczema patches. In addition, Matricaria chamomilla, Asparathus linearis and Galium aparine also prevents infection and inflammation as well as reduces scarring.
Healing the skin and keeping it healthy are important to prevent further damage and enhance quality of life. Developing and sticking with a daily skin care routine is critical to preventing flares.
A lukewarm bath helps to cleanse and moisturize the skin without drying it excessively. Remember, the key is lukewarm – neither too hot nor too cold. Because soaps can be drying to the skin, a mild bar soap or nonsoap cleanser is generally recommended. Bath oils are not usually helpful. You may add colloidal oatmeal, such as Aveeno, to the bath. This finely ground oatmeal floats suspended in the water and is soothing to itchy skin.
After bathing, a person should air-dry the skin, or pat it dry gently (avoiding rubbing or brisk drying), and then apply a lubricant to seal in the water that has been absorbed into the skin during bathing. In addition to restoring the skin's moisture, lubrication increases the rate of healing and establishes a barrier against further drying and irritation. Lotions that have a high water or alcohol content evaporate more quickly, and alcohol may cause stinging. Therefore, they generally are not the best choice.
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HELP! I'm pretty sure I have Dyshidrotic Eczema/breakout on hands, What can I do to stop itching & appearence?
In Novemeber I noticed that these tiny (pin sized) water bumped were forming out the outer edge of my hands away from my body (close to my pinky), its on both hands, I have it on my feet (back of heel by ankle). I've seen several doctors for this, been on antibiotics, prednisone, allergy shots, ointments, creams, you name it! I've recently tried home remedies... NOTHING works. It goes away hands go back to perfectly normal- then it recurs. I dont know if its stress or what it is, but right now my hands & one finger have these little bumps & its itchy, looks horrible & its driving me crazy. I know it's not uncommon, so SOMEONE PLEASE HELP--- what have you tried, thats worked?
Eczema is frequently caused by dairy or another allergy or intolerance. You may want to see if your doctor will run some allergy tests for you, so that rather than treating the symptoms, you can avoid the cause.