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is dyshidrotic eczema an autoimmune disorder? how is it treated?

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Dr. Justin Greiwe
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Cause unknown: Cause likely multifactorial. Characterized by sudden eruption of itchy vesicles on palms, soles, lateral aspects of the fingers. Vesicles persist for weeks, dry out, then resolve with skin peeling. Episodes may recur every 3-4 weeks for months/years. Daily moisturzation, avoid irritants/allergens, or exacerbating factors. Reduce stress. If unresponsive, high potency topical steroids are effective.
Answered on May 5, 2017
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Dr. David Lipkin
51 years experience Internal Medicine
See answer: The cause of dyshidrotic eczema is unknown, but it is probably multifactorial. It is not an autoimmune disorder. Some predisposing factors are:History of atopic dermatitis(Eczema),Exposure to contact allergens, particularly metals, Exposure to contact irritants , smoking, fungal skin infections. Initial treatment is with corticosteroid creams. Oral corticosteroids if needed.
Answered on Apr 27, 2017

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