Hand Dermatitis - About Hand Dermatitis
Author: Peter sams
Hand Dermatitis is basically a skin disease typical to youth, but Hand Dermatitis may occur to the people at any age. Hand dermatitis varies in severity. It may affect the backs of the hands, the palms or both sites. Often it starts as a mild intermittent complaint, but it can become increasingly severe and persistent. Bacterial infection can result in pustules, crusting and pain. Longstanding dermatitis at the ends of the fingers may result in deformed nails. Hand dermatitis can spread to affect other sites, particularly the forearms and feet.
We have provided you here all symptoms, causes and treatment methods of Hand Dermatitis.
Causes of Hand Dermatitis
Genes: A tendency to develop skin reactions or a certain type of eczema is often inherited.
Allergy: An allergic reaction occurs when the body's immune system overreacts to something that does not cause everyone's immune system to overreact. Common allergens (substances that cause an allergic reaction) that lead to hand dermatitis include nickel, Balsam of Peru (added to fragrances, foods, and skin care products), rubber, and topical vitamin E.
Irritation: With repeat use or short but heavy exposure, numerous everyday items can irritate skin. Water is probably the most common irritant. Frequent hand washing or immersing the hands in water too often can remove protective oils from the skin. When the oils are removed faster than they can be replaced, the skin becomes less pliable and more susceptible to hand eczema.
Poor glove hygiene: Wearing gloves can protect the skin from substances found in the workplace and while working around the home. However, slipping gloves on and off may allow irritants or allergens to get inside the gloves. This can trigger a flare-up. If this occurs, be sure to talk with a dermatologist about best practices for wearing gloves.
Symptoms of Hand Dermatitis include:
1) Mild, itchy rash to severe itching, swelling, and blistering
2) Irritant contact dermatitis usually affects the top of the hand, often appearing as dry, chapped skin around the knuckles and tops of the fingers
3) When hand dermatitis is caused by a fungal infection, the symptoms include itchy blisters along the sides of the fingers.
4) If caused by metals, the irritation appears under a ring
5) Allergic contact dermatitis also usually appears on the top of the hand and around the fingers.
6) The affected skin initially becomes red and dry, then progresses to itchy papules (bumps) and fluid-filled blisters (vesicles), scaling, cracking (fissures), weeping (exudation) and swelling (oedema).
Treatment of Hand Dermatitis
Methods for Treating Hand Dermatitis are:
· Where possible, avoid wet-work and contact with irritants.
· Protect your hands using vinyl gloves, which are less likely than rubber to cause allergic reactions. Don't wear these for long periods, as sweating will also aggravate dermatitis. Always make sure the gloves are scrupulously clean inside.
· Use emollients frequently. A thin smear of a thick barrier cream should be applied to all affected areas before work, and reapplied after washing and whenever the skin dries out.
· Your doctor will prescribe topical steroids to reduce inflammation. These come in various strengths and should only be applied to areas of active dermatitis once or twice daily. Generally a potent topical steroid is used for several weeks.
· If your dermatitis is infected, your doctor will prescribe a topical or oral antibiotic such as flucloxacillin for about a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does eczema randomly appears? Has anyone heard of Herose? (so called treatment for eczema)?
OK. my eczema experience goes like this..
i was a toddler, i had eczema on my elbows. then it went off.
then i got it around my mouth when i was 12, that was due to stress.
then when i was 13, it disappeared and i was fine.
it came back when i was 14. turmoil year. i had eczema on my face, front of my neck, folds of my arms, the back of my legs. the areas where i sweat. at the start of the year, i was playing a lot of tennis, so i had white spots on my face, people told me they were sweat spots. then suddenly they appeared on my right hand. my baby finger web. one tiny patch of it. then it went off after a while. then suddenly it appeared on my index finger web. just one small patch of it. then it went off. then it appeared on the side of my middle finger. went off again. then came back on the other side. now, i have it real bad. on my index finger web, whole middle finger, and a bit on my baby finger web. how does it randomly just come back?
and it's only on my RIGHT HAND. my left hand is perfect. and it's not on the back of my hand either. just on the webs.
i stopped all steroid usage because i started a homeopathy treatment called herose. has anyone heard of it?
to me it sounds like my eczema is a mix of child eczema and some other weird kind.
does anyone have symptoms kinda like mine?
one other thing i noticed. stress is a big factor of it. when i was in bali, my skin was perfect. it just disappeared. smooth. no scars.
plus, it's soo hard not to scratch. i tried emu cream. which only made me itch worse.
and for some reason when i put lotion on the affected areas (excluding face) it makes me itch worse,
The main cause of eczema is overreaction of the immune system. Identifying certain foods, chemicals, etc can be very helpful in battling this disease. I try to avoid soy and milk products which trigger my flare-ups.
After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
Now I use serenaskin herbal remedies , which aim at the root of the disease - the immune system, and are steroid-free.
After about 2 weeks of using ointment and spray my skin has been cleared up and now I just continue with eczema extract, which controls the immune system. My skin has been clear for months now.
It is the only treatment I have found that provides me complete relief when I use it as directed.
Toddler with Eczema of the eyelids seeking safe alternative treatment.?
My daughter, now 14 months, began symptoms at 9 months on her eyelids. It began after we came home from a trip to Disney, so we thought maybe it was due to sudden weather changes or some crazy infection from traveling or water change. But it persisted. We thought it may be an allergy so we did a deep home cleansing, used all green cleaning products, anti allergy laundry soaps, made the cat live outside and banned the dog from all rooms but the front porch, all with no relief. Used otc petroleum/mineral oil ointment with a little satisfaction at first, but then nothing. Cleansed eyes with baby soap. Pinned hair up to keep it out of her eyes and scrubbed her hands clean as though she were a girl in a bubble. Still no relief. On severe days she ends up with "shiners". The eyelids will pink, then purple, get shiny and sometimes get dusty dryness. They irritate her as she will rub at them like she is tired. I live in the northeast, she started in March, it's now August and the weather changes have not made any difference as far as level of irritation. The symptoms subside during sleep and graduate after she wakes up. Then on to 3 pediatrician visits, and one pediatric opthalmologist visit, to find out that it's eczema. She was written an rx for Tobradex which is a steroid ointment (tobramycin w/ dexamethasone) and it cleared. We were told if it didn't clear it up then they would prescribe an oral steroid. It did work, however upon completion of the prescribed period of time and voila, it's returning, as would a completion of an oral steroid regimen. Has anyone found a more natural approach to daily treatment? Is it worth consulting with a dermatologist? As discussed in this message reel, persistent use of steroid ointments increase blood flow to the eyes and can cause permanent damage. I want an effective and safe treatment plan. To those out there suffering from eczema my heart goes out to you.
I feel for your struggle. My son suffered with severe eczema starting at 6 weeks through the full first year. Our pediatrician said he was one of the 10 worst cases of eczema he had seen in 30 years of pediatrics. After 11 Rx and 3 nonsteroidal Rx treatments that didn't work as well as 3 pediatricians and 2 dermatologists I had had enough. We were unable to kiss our baby and had to handle him gently due to the severity. Many days I didn't take him out of the house because he was so subject to infections because of his heart breaking condition.
I did find a natural treatment that was 3 fold. Arbonne Baby Care skin products, Arbonne Smart nutritional hybrid vitamins for kids, and probiotic based on a 2001 study on eczema that was published by Lancet. More about this is available through my website www.babysoft.myarbonne.com.
I do hope this information has been helpful. Considering your daughter is no where near as severe as my son I would imagine that just changing her skin care would be sufficient.
I have come to have a great passion for the Arbonne products because after taking this information and a clear baby to the dermatologist for a check up I shared with him my research and he was already familiar with it all. The unpronounceable ingredients, sulfates, low standards of quality, Ph balance vs Ph correctness, animal products, petroleum products etc... he knew all this and never shared a bit of it with me. In fact he recommended products to me that contained these known irritants. He really fired me up. My sons medical record shows that he cleared up due to Arbonne and probiotic and the Dr seemed happy for me but wasn't interested at all in sharing this information with any other patients. However, one week later at the pediatrician he asked what I had done in detail and has since researched himself and begun recommending Arbonne products to his patients.
I wish your daughter well. I'm sure she has beautiful eyes.
Cures for eczema, natural or prescribed?
My 10 month old baby has terrible eczema. At the moment his hands are infected and his prescribed treatments are not working. So far hes had Hydrocortisones, fucidic cream, antibiotics and zinc bandages. His sores are so bad that the bandages are sticking to them and when removing them the skin is being torn off which then bleeds for a few minutes. Hes in a lot of pain when I remove the bandages so Ive stopped them for now. Ive already seen the doctor on several occasions and everything he prescribes fails. I need help....i don't know what else to do and would love advice on people in similar situations. On top of that my 5 year old has gastroenteritis (sp) and glue ear which is infected so you can probably tell I need some relief for one of them!
Arbonne has a great pure, safe, and beneficial baby care line (hair and body wash, lotion, body oil, diaper rash cream, and sunscreen) that is water based, botanically-based and pH correct, pediatrician and dermatologist tested, non-sensitizing, non-irritating, and formulated without nut oils. They are formulated with natural ingredients like oat flour which is an emollient and an emulsifier. It’s highly absorbent and hypoallergenic. Oat flour helps to soothe and soften dry, itchy and sensitive skin. If you're interested in learning more, I'll be happy to help you.
I have severe eczema on my hands...?
it's only bad on my hands. I've had bouts of eczema my whole life, but its never been this bad. I've also been really stressed out lately and having anxiety issues. I am assuming this has a lot to do with my skin condition, since I've heard that stress makes the itching worse. Anyway, can anyone help me out with treatment, either herbal or over the counter? The last thing I tried was "Premium Triple Cream" which I found at a baby supply store. It helps to soothe some of the itching, but doesn't take the bumps away. I want these crusty, oozing, bumps to just GO AWAY!!!!!
Many homeopaths believe that eczema is a side effect from yeast bacteria or some other harmful type of bacteria.
May I suggest you cut back on the sweets and start eating plain yogurt or start taking acidophilus and bifidus bacteria capsules (health food store)? These are known as good bacteria or "probiotics" that eliminate harmful bacteria.
Astro and some other brands of yogurt contain these bacteria, but not all. Check the label.
In the meantime, you might find Zincofax cream to be the cheapest and most effective immediate relief for your symptoms.
Interfering in-laws and parents (this is a long one, please desperate for a way out!)?
Sense the day my son was born, Ive had people... sticking their nose into the business of how I raise my son.
His family is the worst, but that's probably because I'm more comfortable with my family. Not in what they do, but in telling them the truth. If I don't want my son having a cookie before dinner, I tell my mom, and she listens. His family on the other hand is a different story.
I'm going to enumerate some of the more annoying ones, just because I'm angry and I feel like it.
When Henry was only 2 weeks old my husbands grandmother and great grandmother (97 years old) came to see our son when we didn't live in the same state as them. I had had a c-section, so needless to say I was out of it. I came into the front room (after getting up from a nap) to find them with a little bottle of something (holy oil or water I think) and a bible, christening or baptizing (whatever they were doing) to my son, right there on my couch. Without even asking or saying a word to me!!! Now its not to say I'm not religious, and I'm not rely looking for one of those fights here, but they didn't even say a F***ing word to me about it before they just did it!
You don't have any idea what my religion is! You've never asked! You F***ing C***'s have no right to do this!
I wanted to say that, but I didn't...
3 months old, and we move down to where they live. Now this is uncomfortable. Family is nice I guess, but when they constantly doing whatever they want, with your child with no regard for your feelings at all...
We go to see my sons Great Great Grammy (the 97 yr old). As we are leaving she just keeps talking and talking and talking, not letting us get away. My son starts to fuss, because he is in his car seat trying to sleep, and she just wont shut up and let us get him home. So I pick up the car seat and start to gently swing him (like he was in his swing chair at home, not fast or high). This pain in my @$$ starts almost screaming at me that he is going to have brain damage if I do that to him...
>.< now I'm just getting pissed off
I tell my husbands grandmother (my mother-in-law, she raised him) not to give my 1 year old son a bath using dish soap or anything like that. I tell her this at LEAST a dozen times. At 1 1/2 I finally have to take him to the doctor because of a skin rash. He has eczema, from the soaps she used on him. So I have the DOCTOR call her and tell her to STOP doing exactly what I told her not to do in the first place. This finally makes her stop... so now on the the cream I have to smear on my baby's body, that itches and burns because she knows better than me...
Does anyone else struggle with things like this? My family is very down to earth. We can talk to each other about anything. Very open and honest with each other, even about the embarrassing things.
His family however, drives me absolutely CRAZY. They are much older than most family's because they are one generation back, and think that as a NEW mother they know better than me. They humor me whenever I am around, and are very polite... but Ive never met a bunch of people who are more two faced in my f***ing life.
My son is 2 now, and I found out last month that we get to welcome another addition into our family at the beginning of May.
What do I do? I've tried to get my husband to intervene, but his grandmother just doesn't listen to anyone. She has been a nurse for over 50 years now and thinks she knows everything about everything (but honestly every time she tries to give us medical advice, I call my doctor and he tells me that that information, prognosis or treatment is outdated, and even sometimes dangerous advice). Great Great Grammy is 97... what do you say to that?
I'm sick of them pulling this bull on me, and not listening to me. I don't want our 2nd child to be born and have them do the same thing with him or her, and I want it to stop with my son before they do something that I just cant blow off.
What can I do! Please help!
Well you certainly have your hands full! You should mention what culture your husband's family is. To me it sounds Italian and I'm not putting down Italians, so please do not misunderstand. In that culture the older women are highly regarded and respected. As far as being 97 - yes she has seen her share of things and only means to be helpful - but she was wrong, wrong, wrong in doing that religious thing (that's why I thought it could be Italian or maybe Greek).
You now moved even closer to them - why? Since you are expecting a new one and congratulations and good luck, I think you and your husband alone should make the decision to relocate a good distance away from both families. Even though your family listens to what you say, make it fair so no one can say you are favoring one over the other.
Everything you wrote about you have all the right to be angry. Now, if it was me, I would have told them thank you but no and if they keep it up don't leave the children there. You are the mom and you are the one in control. Just because someone is a nurse doesn't mean she knows everything (she's just trying to be helpful). Listen to what she says and they dismiss it. You do not have to explain to anyone.
I'm a nurse retired 20 years. With my grandchildren I was able to help but I have kept up on the changes; plus I'm the one that saw that my grandson wasn't quite right and we found out he has autism. They came to me, I did not butt in on them however.
You are young. Old age seems far away for you. I remember being a young mom and hearing all the crap you have heard. I knew how to care for my kids and kept them at arms length from the family that wanted things done their way. One day before you realize it, you will be old and then look back and maybe regret the way you treated (talked) to the 97year old lady. Respect her age, her wisdom and what she says, BUT you don't have to follow it!
A person using dish detergent to bathe a baby is absolutely off their rocker - no sense at all. Your poor baby. It sounds like you need to let them see their grandchildren when you are there and do not leave the child and new one to come with them alone (sorry to say that but your reasons are valid). They sound dangerous, well meaning, but dangerous.
Basically I'm telling you to listen to what they say, smile and say okay and then do your own thing. That way no one can accuse you of not listening As far as 97 great granny - respect her and grin and bear it - she won't live forever. Don't leave your children alone with the grandparents if you really don't trust them and your husband is going to have to understand that. God forbid if some serious harm came to the children - he'd be devastated that he allowed his family to intervene. Stick to your guns honey. You are doing a great job no matter what they may say or hint at.
Hope this helps. Good luck and God bless.
PS: Keep the new one away from the great granny with the anoisting holy water and oil, etc. and make it clear that it is not to be repeated. Stand your ground but don't be disrespectful and don't swear.