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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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Treatment resistant hand eczema. Creams are not working, and skin on fingers is very thick, I am ashamed of my hands and hide them in public now!

Treatment resistant hand eczema. Creams are not working, and skin on fingers is very thick, I am ashamed of my hands and hide them in public now!

See details: New data suggests eczema is caused by a substance secreted by staph bacteria found on your skin. See a dermatologist again and discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Can you guide please how to deal with hand eczema try different treatments and consult doctors but did not get permanent result?

Can you guide please how to deal with hand eczema try different treatments and consult doctors but did not get permanent result?

Skin hydration: Skin hydration is the single most important treatment in eczema. Using an ointment (like vaseline) multiuple times a day and wearing gloves over the vaseline at night will help. Avoidance of triggers like allergens, harsh soaps and chemicals, and cold weather/low humidity will also help. Lastly, application of steroid creams can help as well. See an allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Does fluocinonide work for hand eczema?

Does fluocinonide work for hand eczema?

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

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Are any emollients good for hand eczema?

Are any emollients good for hand eczema?

Yes: All emollients are good for hand eczema. Many people find cetaphil restoraderm to be particularly helpful. If that doesn't work then the prescription epiceram is helpful. ...Read more

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I want to be a surgical tech. How can I keep my hand eczema from flaring up, especially with all the hand washing?

I want to be a surgical tech. How can I keep my hand eczema from flaring up, especially with all the hand washing?

Make sure it is: eczema and not psoriasis. May not be able to prevent the flare ups. I hope this helps. If you still have questions or concerns about this issue contact me at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...Read more

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What causes hand eczema?

What 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 more

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Is hand eczema a permanent condition?

Is hand eczema a permanent condition?

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

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How to stop hand eczema from itching?

How to stop hand eczema from itching?

Topical steroids: Topical steroids creams or ointments are effective treatments for hand eczema. Sometimes a contact allergy can cause hand dermatitis, so it may be helpful to consult a dermatologist or allergist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have really painful hand eczema?

What to do if I have really painful hand eczema?

See your doctor.: Painful eczema can occur when the skin blisters and cracks open. Using good hand creams to moisturize will help some however stonger topical medications by prescription may be needed. See your doctor or dermatolgist for better long term optinos. Be well. ...Read more

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Does anyone knows of any emollient cream which is very good for hand eczema?

Does anyone knows of any emollient cream which is very good for hand eczema?

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 (oatmeal) intense relief hand cream, eucerin intensive repair hand cream. ...Read more

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"Hand Eczema" and "Atopic Eczema" are NOT interchangeable terms, meaning they are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT conditions, correct?

"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

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Had on-off hand eczema for about 1/2 yrs mainly in winter and in contact w chemicals. I now have superficial nail pits in 6 fingers.No skin lesions.

Had on-off hand eczema for about 1/2 yrs mainly in winter and in contact w chemicals. I now have superficial nail pits in 6 fingers.No skin lesions.

Due to inflamation: Due to inflammation and minor injuries to the cuticles. The new nail is formed under the cuticle and will cause changes in the nail for 6 months. That is the time required for complete replacement of a finger nail. A likely injury to this structure is any pushing or cutting of the cuticle at a manicure. Take better care of them and look for normal finger nails in 6 months. ...Read more

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For the last 2 3 years i get small polyps on my hands n feet. They occur from march to august. Consulted one doc he said this is hand eczema.

For the last 2 3 years i get small polyps on my hands n feet. They occur from march to august. Consulted one doc he said this is hand eczema.

Dermatologist: Have you consulted a dermatologist? This may be dyshydrotic eczema. A dermatologist is best to diagnose and treat the problem. ...Read more

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Small blisters are under my finger nail, not around the nail, just underneath it. What are these? And is it related to the hand eczema?

Small blisters are under my finger nail, not around the nail, just underneath it. What are these? And is it related to the hand eczema?

Need more info: Are these painful or red? How long have they been there? Do you have eczema on your hands and fingers? A dermatologist can be helpful in evaluating these findings which i recommend. ...Read more

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Reaction to wool scarf 1mth ago. Upper chest still off/on itchy, slightly red. Can't see doc for 3 wks. Might clobetasol Rx for my hand eczema help?

Reaction to wool scarf 1mth ago. Upper chest still off/on itchy, slightly red. Can't see doc for 3 wks. Might clobetasol Rx for my hand eczema help?

YEs: It is worth a try. It sound like a severe immune reaction, of which the steroid cream might help. Have you been skin tested for other allergens? It might prove useful. Best of health- Hope you feel better ...Read more

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I have hardened skin on two my fingers & after some time it get cracked and bleed, very painful. I tried hand lotion and other over the counter creams, but no luck.I am not sure, if this is hand eczema or something else. Need some advice on medicine.

I have hardened skin on two my fingers & after some time it get cracked and bleed, very painful. I tried hand lotion and other over the counter creams, but no luck.I am not sure, if this is hand eczema or something else. Need some advice on medicine.

Hand eczema?: There are certain limitations imposed by this format which include the lack of a photograph of the skin lesions about which you requested information. So it's impossible to tell you the correct diagnosis and/or therapy. My Best advice would be to call and make an appointment with the dermatologist. Hand eczema can be severe, and water is your deadly enemy. Washing your hands frequently and using ...Read more

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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

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