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Dyshidrotic eczema but not itchy, what to do?

Dyshidrotic eczema but not itchy, what to do?

Topical Steroids: Dyshidrotic eczema that is unresponsive to general skin care measures is treated with higher potency topical corticosteroids like triamcinolone 0.5% ointment (group 3). Used twice per day while the rash is present then stop when it resolves. Avoid irritants, continue extensive skin hygiene measures, and encourage daily moisturization with products like Vanicream. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that 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


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Is dyshidrotic eczema an autoimmune disorder? How is it treated?

Is dyshidrotic eczema an autoimmune disorder? How is it treated?

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. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat Dyshidrosis Eczema over the counter?

What is the best way to treat Dyshidrosis Eczema over the counter?

Not easy: Are the hands the major issues? If so.
Avoid antibacterial or scented soap.
Use a good moisturizer as often as possible after hand washing.
Avoid irritants or solvents- wear non-tatex gloves as precautions.
There is no great solution however OTC or Rx. ...Read more

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I believe I have pompholyx or dyshidrotic eczema (dyshidrotic dermatitis), probably the latter. How can I treat this?

I believe I have pompholyx or dyshidrotic eczema (dyshidrotic dermatitis), probably the latter. How can I treat this?

Dishidrotic eczema: In dyshidrotic eczema, typical first-line treatment includes high-strength topical steroids and cold compresses. Short courses of oral steroids are the second line of treatment for acute flares, and other immunosuppressants have also been tried. Corticosteroids are cornerstones of topical therapy. Guidelines have been established by the national institute of clinical evidence. ...Read more

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What is dyshidrotic eczema?

What is dyshidrotic eczema?

Dyshidrotic eczema: This is a condition that affects the hands and fingers and usually presents as small clear bumps on the palms and sides of fingers and can be very itchy. It is not contagious and best treated with cortisone creams and moisturizers. ...Read more

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What causes dyshidrotic eczema?

Etiology unknown: Dyshidrotic eczema usually occurs on the palms and soles. We don't know why some people are at risk. But there are identifiable triggers. These include recurrent exposure to chemical or mechanical irritants like frequent hand scrubbing or washing, as well as irritating chemicals and certain allergenic metals like nickel. Steroid creams & avoiding irritants are the first choice treatments. ...Read more

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What's done for dyshidrosis eczema?

What's done for dyshidrosis eczema?

The itchy blisters: Also known as pomphylix, is an intensely itchy that can be acute, chronic, or recurrent dermatosis of the fingers, palms, and soles, frequently with sudden onset of many deep-seated itchy, clear vesicles; later, scaling, fissures which can cause pain. It is diffult to treat and often requires potent steroids. There are other treatments. Consult doc/dermatologist for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you tell dyshidrotic eczema and the common eczema apart?

How do you tell dyshidrotic eczema and the common eczema apart?

Location: Eczema is a broad term used to describe a group of conditions characterized by dry sensitive skin. It include atopic dermatitis (usually starting in childhood associated with allergies), xerotic eczema (winter's itch), and others. Dyshidrotic eczema specifically denotes eczema on the hands. Patients have tiny tapioca pudding like blisters on the sides of the palms and fingers. ...Read more

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Can I use Clobetasol ointment or cream for eczema? (dyshidrotic eczema) until when? Thanks.

Yes you can: Keep in mind it is a "strong" steroid prescription medication so use it sparingly and do not use it for weeks upon end. A good plan would be to use it for 2 weeks, then off 2 weeks. It can discolor or thin the skin out or cause striae if used too much. Also avoid using it in certain areas like the face or the inguinal area where the skin is very thin. ...Read more

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Only atopic eczema increases the chances for asthma right? If I only have dyshidrotic eczema, I won't get asthma right?

Only atopic eczema increases the chances for asthma right? If I only have dyshidrotic eczema, I won't get asthma right?

Relax: Your age is listed as 18 years. If you have not developed symptomatic asthma by now the chances of it happening are minimal. Asthma comes in a broad spectrum of expressions, from a mild cough variant form to those that require multiple medications and occasional hospital care. Males with significant asthma will generally present with problems by a year of age. ...Read more

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Dyshidrotic Eczema is not linked to Asthma. Only Atopic Eczema is linked to Asthma (hence the term "Atopic March") Is this correct?

Dyshidrotic Eczema is not linked to Asthma. Only Atopic Eczema is linked to Asthma (hence the term "Atopic March") Is this correct?

Yes that's correct: Atopic march explains natural history of allergy progression in atopic individuals, while dyshidrotic eczema is different usually has no known cause, and treatment is different, but an individual can have the condition and have asthma too as two separate conditions not necessarily linked ...Read more

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What else can look like dyshidrotic eczema on your hands?

What else can look like dyshidrotic eczema on your hands?

Rash: There are many things that can cause a rash on your hands. Excessive washing, dry skin not having enough lotion / cremes placed, allergic reaction. ... are several causes. It is difficult to diagnose skin problems without visualizing and closely examining the skin. Please arrange a physician evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I use to treat my dyshidrotic eczema? It is located on my hands and is constantly itching.

Dyshidrotic Eczema: Topical corticosteroids are the mainstay of treatment. Usually we use class I steroids (Clobetasol) and class II (fluocinonide 0.05%) or III steroids (triamcinolone 0.5%).
Ointments penetrate the skin better than creams.
the choice of medication always depends on severity.
there are other options for resistant cases including but not lemited to : UV light, Botulinum toxins, Immunosuppressants. ...Read more

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I have what it seems to be dyshidrosis eczema. They only appear when hands are wet. How to treat this? Very annoying.

I have what it seems to be dyshidrosis eczema. They only appear when hands are wet. How to treat this? Very annoying.

Dyshidrotic Eczema: Dyshidrotic eczema is usually treated with class one prescription topical steroids such as vanos, or clobetasol, or clobex spray, or topicort spray or others. See your dermatologist for a prescription. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from saliva through skin cracks caused dyshidrotic eczema?

Can you get HIV from saliva through skin cracks caused dyshidrotic eczema?

No risk: Saliva is a very poor HIV transmitter. Your best bet is to keep your skin healthy and moisturized. Since you have eczema, you are at increased risk of dry and cracked skin. You must apply hypoallergenic moisturizer after handwashing to reduce irritation. You might also consider wearing gloves if this weighs on you psychologically. ...Read more

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Hello, I have Dyshidrotic eczema on 1 foot. Can it spread to my hands? I am 16 years old.

Variably expressed: Eczema can spread, but not usually on palms, make sure you moisturize all the available exposed areas regularly, daily ...Read more

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I have what is believed to be dyshidrotic eczema on my hands. About 10 years ago, I had a positive ANA blood test. Is there any connection?

No: Ignore ana's unless they are very high titer or relate to specific concerns. Millions of people just in the us have had positive ana's that mean absolutely nothing. ...Read more

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I'm a restaurant busser, I have dyshidrotic eczema onhands. It gives me skin cracks and I'm worried about HIV risk from saliva from working with food?

No risk: Saliva is a very poor HIV transmitter. Your best bet is to keep your skin healthy and moisturized. Since you have eczema, you are at increased risk of dry and cracked skin. You must apply hypoallergenic moisturizer after handwashing to reduce irritation. You might also consider wearing gloves if this weighs on you psychologically. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between scabies and dyshidrotic eczema? Went to check the doctor and he said that it the bumps and blisters look like eczema but I had scabies 2 years ago. Thanks

How to tell the difference between scabies and dyshidrotic eczema? Went to check the doctor and he said that it the bumps and blisters look like eczema but I had scabies 2 years ago. Thanks

Location/appearance: The dyshidrotic eczema is typically found on palms of hands, front of fingers or bottom of feet, scabies on the trunk and backside of hands & fingers. The skin defect differs. ...Read more

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Can dyshidrotic eczema be located on top of hands & shins? Hubby has seen drs. No answers creams don't seem to work. Hand itches, cracks & scabs over

Can dyshidrotic eczema be located on top of hands & shins? Hubby has seen drs. No answers creams don't seem to work. Hand itches, cracks & scabs over

NO: Dyshidrotic eczema presents on palms & soles. You need to see a dermatologist. You do not specify which cream was tried. That is very important as some are 1000x more potent than others. Probably he needs an ointment. ...Read more

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Scaly mildly itchy rash at side of fingers for 2-3 years (only at fingers-no irritant involv)no luck with antifungal tx. Dyshidrotic eczema or infection?

Contact/irritant: If you have dry skin, you will need to use a thick moisturizer after washing your hands whenever possible. Wear vinyl glove when washing dishes or anything else. Avoid scented soap of any kind. After washing hands before going to bed, apply some moisturizer on the hands and wear non-latex gloves overnight. Consider getting patch testing to find out whether contact allergen plays a role. ...Read more

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Itchy blister type under foot. Over a year. Not sure if it's a fungus or dyshidrosis eczema? Once broken it spreads to new blisters. Gets also flaky and skin thickens. Sore and tired of this. Please help?

Consultation: If you haven't been examined by a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment, you should do so. If you have, consult a podiatrist. It's time for a diagnosis to be made and proper treatment administered. ...Read more

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I am 37 and have had dyshidrotic and regular eczema since I was 18. But I suddenly broke out in a red bumpy rash around my torso and tops of my legs.

I am 37 and have had dyshidrotic and regular eczema since I was 18. But I suddenly broke out in a red bumpy rash around my torso and tops of my legs.

Eczema: With a history of eczema, you are more likely to get eczema anywhere. Moisturize heavily in the affected areas. Cortisone creams for red or itchy areas. ...Read more

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How should I treat dyshidrosis?

How should I treat dyshidrosis?

Depends: It's important to remove or get away from the source, if possible. Wear gloves when washing dishes, etc. We usually treat with creams or ointments containing steroids (like Hydrocortisone or triamcinolone) and with moisturizing lotions. In severe cases, there are some oral medicines that may be of some benefit. If over the counter meds aren't working, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help my dyshidrosis?

Dyshidrosis: Dyshidrosis (also known as dyshidrotic eczema or pompholyx,) is a skin condition that presents as small, fluid-filled blisters on the palms and fingers of the hands or the soles and toes of the feet. With dyshidrosis, the affected skin becomes inflamed and the areas between skin cells open and fill with fluid. Treatment is with topical prescription steroids. ...Read more

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Is dyshidrosis genetic?

Cause unknown: A rare, sporadic and itchy eruption of small vesicles on the fingers, palms, toes and soles of the feet, also known as dyshidrotic eczema, or Pompholyx. It usually disappears in three weeks, but may recur. Topical steroids may be helpful. It is thought associated with seasonal allergies or stress. It occurs twice as often in women than men ...Read more

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What treats dyshidrosis on my hands?

What treats dyshidrosis on my hands?

Lots of cream.: Reduce the frequency of washing your hand with harsh soap and avoid using hand sanitizer too much. Use the thickest lotion or cream you can find. Aquapor is pretty good because it's thick. This skin issue may come and go for you depending on how dry the skin on your hands are. ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies to heal dyshidrosis?

OTC creams: Aquaphor ointment or gold bond cream can be tried.
Do not let it dry esp. After showers...treat soon. Always wear footwear/ socks. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Dyshidrotic Dermatitis (Definition)

Skin condition that is characterized by small blisters on the hands or feet. It is an acute, chronic, or recurrent dermatosis of the fingers, palms, and soles, characterized by a sudden onset of many deep-seated pruritic, clear vesicles; later, scaling, fissures and lichenification occur. Recurrence is common and for ...Read more


Dr. Julie Abbott
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more