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.
Itchy finger bumps. Dyshidrotic eczema (dyshidrosis) is a very itchy rash of little bumps on the fingers, sometimes on the hands, & may occur on the feet. The bumps may have some fluid inside, but don't break open (unless one scratches harshly) like chicken pox or herpes sores. Dyshidrosis is not contagious, & occurs in people with sensitive skin, especially if they work in wetness like cement-mixing or dish-washing.

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What causes dyshidrotic eczema?

Unknown. This condition is similar to Eczema which can be caused by exposure to allergies, certain foods, metals and chemicals. Read more...
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...

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...

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...

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...