Dyshidrotic eczema is a skin condition that yields small, itchy blisters on the edges of the fingers, toes, palms, and soles of the feet. Although this conditions is a less common form of eczema, it is twice as common in women as it is in men.
Symptoms of dyshidrotic eczema include:
- Small fluid-filled blisters (vesicles) on the fingers, hands, and feet
- Scaly, cracked skin
Dyshidrotic eczema triggers:
- Allergies (such as hay fever)
- Moist hands and feet
- Exposure to nickel (in metal-plated jewelry)
- Cobalt (found in metal-plated objects, and in pigments used in paints and enamels)
- Chromium salts (used in the manufacturing of cement, mortar, leather, paints, and anticorrosives)
What can you do to help control Dyshidrotic eczema?
- Understand what your eczema triggers are and avoid them
- Moisturize skin every day and apply a moisturizer within three minutes after bathing to “lock in” moisture
- Wear soft, loose-clothing (like cotton) and avoid rough, scratchy fibers
- Avoid hot/cold temperatures and use lukewarm water for baths and showers, using mild soap or non-soap cleansers
- Gently pat your skin dry (don’t rub) with a soft towel
- Avoid rapid changes of temperature and activities that make you sweat
- Use a humidifier in cold, dry weather
- Avoid scratching skin
- If you have known allergic triggers, remove carpets from your house.
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