Dyshidrotic eczema is characterized by the development of blisters on the palms of hands or soles of feet. They can also appear on fingers and toes. The blisters are itchy and typically last for a few weeks. They may be caused by seasonal allergies, stress and making contact with certain types of metals such as nickel. The good news is that dyshidrotic eczema is manageable and is not contagious.
Eczema generally causes redness and itching, regardless of what type it is. Symptoms of dyshidrosis include blisters, itching, flaking, redness, cracked skin, discomfort and pain. Understanding the eczema you have, symptoms and triggers makes it easier to manage and treat it.
Controlling and Preventing Outbreaks
- While it may not be possible to prevent a skin condition such as eczema, proper skin care can make your skin stronger and minimize irritation to prevent it from flaring up or becoming worse. A key factor in the management of any kind of eczema is to have a consistent skin care routine.
- Some of the things that you can do to keep dyshidrotic eczema under control are to learn and avoid the triggers of eczema.
- It is important to keep your skin moisturized on a daily basis, wear loose and soft clothing, use lukewarm water for your showers and baths, use mild cleansers, pat skin gently instead of rubbing and apply your moisturizer while your skin is slightly wet to absorb moisture.
- Try to avoid drastic temperatures or activities that cause sweating, use humidifiers when the weather is dry and cold, avoid breaking your skin because of scratching and get rid of allergic triggers such as carpets. Check out Dyshidrotic Eczema site for more information.
A careful skin examination will enable your doctor to diagnose the condition. Since the symptoms may be similar to other skin conditions that affect skin, further tests such as skin biopsies may be recommended. Allergy testing may also be considered if dyshidrotic eczema is linked to allergies.
There are different ways to treat dyshidrosis and these are usually determined by how severe the outbreak is as well as other pertinent factors. You may need to try different treatments before identifying the best one for your situation.
- Topical corticosteroid ointments and creams can be applied to the skin directly to deal with milder outbreaks.
- A severe outbreak may require corticosteroid pills and injections.
- Other forms of treatment include draining the large blisters, anti-itching creams and antihistamines.
- If the skin is infected, other medications such as antibiotics may be prescribed for treating the infection.
- Antihistamines can be used for mild outbreaks to reduce the symptoms.
- There are also home treatments that ca help you decrease the symptoms and provide relief. A wet and cold compress is a good way to reduce discomfort that arises from itchy skin. After using compresses, you have the option of applying a suitable ointment. Moisturizers ranging from petroleum jelly to mineral oils can help to ease dryness and itching.
Dyshidrotic eczema typically disappears within weeks and if you do not constantly scratch affected areas, there will be no noticeable scars. Scratching affected parts of the skin is likely to increase discomfort and lengthen the healing process. Avoid making pain and itching worse by not scratching or breaking the blisters.