Just what is Dyshidrotic Eczema?
Dyshidrotic eczema can be a painful, itchy, unsightly skin condition that has many options to help relieve the symptoms.
Dyshidrotic Eczema is an uncommon skin condition that is also known as pompholyx. This condition causes small, fluid filled blisters that develop on the palms, sides of the fingers or toes, and the bottoms of feet. The symptoms can last up to three weeks and are recurring, sometimes before the previous blisters have healed.
Dyshidrotic Eczema is more common in women than in men and is thought to be associated with atopic dermatitis, as well as allergic conditions such as hay fever. Also, this type of skin condition can be seasonal in people with nasal allergies.
This skin condition is thought to be more likely to develop if the person is under stress, have allergies, works with their hands in water most of the time or works in an environment where their hands and/or feet are exposed to chromium, cobalt, and nickel.
- small, fluid filled blisters, sometimes in clusters taking the appearance of tapioca
- severe itching of affected areas
- dry, scaly patches where blisters have dried up
- sometimes painful cracking and itching of affected areas
Your doctor can diagnose the condition with a visual exam. Sometimes a skin biopsy may be needed to determine if the condition is dyshidrotic eczema or if it is another condition, such as a fungal infection of the area.
There are many treatments of dyshidrotic eczema. Depending on the severity, your doctor may give you a prescription or may recommend other treatment. Treatments include creams, ointments, or oral steroids. In more severe cases, or when other treatments don’t work, your doctor may recommend phototherapy, a therapy that combines uv light and medication.
There are also many home remedies for less severe cases of dyshidrotic eczema. You can apply cool, wet compresses to the affected area. This may reduce itching and the urge to scratch. You can also take antihistamines to reduce allergic reactions. Also, soaking the affected area in with hazel can ward off infections and soothe the itch.
Keep these helpful tips in mind and you can start to see relief in your dyshidrotic eczema.
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