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Causes Hand Eczema
Depends: Eczema or dermatitis are terms for irritated skin. There are multiple reasons someone can get rashes on their hands. The most common cause is from irritant dermatitis caused by frequent exposure to moisture (sweating or hand-washing), soap, or other solvents. Other conditions that can cause hand rashes include infections, allergies, inflammatory conditions (psoriasis), etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions prominent symptoms include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more
Not always: If you have hand eczema due to exposure to irritants (dishwater, chemicals, etc) then avoidance of those will resolve your eczema. Cold weather, frequent handwashing, incomplete drying can aggrevate eczema. Sometimes 'eczema' is actually an infection. There are many products available otc as well as prescription. If your dr. Can't help, ask for derm referral. ...Read more
"Hand Eczema" and "Atopic Eczema" are NOT interchangeable terms, meaning they are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT conditions, correct?
What are you asking?: Most often, atopic eczema affects the creases of the elbows and knees. Several varieties of eczema involve the hands primarily; for these, look for what you might be allergic / sensitive to. Management may be similar, and a cause may or may not be identified. Most things share similarities and differences. ...Read more
Yes: Frequent lubrication and once or twice daily topical steroid such as Fluocinonide are standard. Frequent exposure to soaps, solvents, foods, hair &etc aggravate hand eczema. Warm gloves in winter are a must. Sometimes a more potent steroid cream is needed. Prednisone @ 20 mg 3 times a week m-w-f for short periods will help if topicals fail. ...Read more
I want to be a surgical tech. How can I keep my hand eczema from flaring up, especially with all the hand washing?
Petrolatum products: Products containing petrolatum, glycerin, lanolin, dimethicone, shea butter, mineral oil are all good for hand eczema. Some brands are o'keefe's working hands cream, aquaphor. Vaseline, neutrogena norwegian formula, udder cream, bag balm, aveeno intense relief hand cream, eucerin intensive repair hand cream. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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