Hand Eczema

Hand Eczema is an extremely common problem. Unfortunately hand eczema is also very difficult to keep under control as we are constantly using our hands for so many things. People with hand eczema usually notice their hands becoming increasingly dry and sore. If the hand eczema persists, they often become patchy, red, scaly, inflamed and very, very sore.

Although eczema is often an inherited condition, hand eczema is a condition that can be developed via contact with irritant substances. A variety of common things will trigger hand eczema.

These include an over exposure to too much dry air, soaps, detergents, chemicals, rubber gloves, certain foods and different types of clothing. The list of substances that will aggravate hand eczema is seemingly endless.

But by working hard to uncover and identify the possible causes of the hand eczema, you will minimise the discomfort and distress that hand eczema brings.

Find the culprit that triggers your hand eczema

It is best to consult with your doctor or dermatologist to help you find the culprit that triggers your hand eczema.

They will ask you many questions on such things as other medical allergies you have experienced, what kind of items that your hands are exposed to each day and what creams or lotions you apply.

They may also order a patch test, or get you to start eliminating things that you normally use in your everyday routine that could be causing or contributing to your hand eczema.

Unfortunately there is no easy cure or treatment for hand eczema. It may take many months for your hands to be normal again. Regardless of the cause of your hand eczema, you will want your hands to heal and stay healthy. To help lessen that chance of your hand eczema getting worse, following is a few things you can do on a daily basis.

Tips to use on a daily basis

  • Protect hands against soaps, cleansers and other chemicals by wearing vinyl gloves (not latex or rubber). Keep a couple of pairs handy in the kitchen, laundry and bathroom areas, and always dry them out between cleaning jobs or wear cotton gloves under rubber gloves.
  • Wash your hands in LUKE warm water, and avoid long periods with your hands in water.
  • Rub a moisturizing cream into your hands several times each day. Use a pump action container to place your cream into, as this helps keep the cream contamination free.
  • Use an automatic dishwasher as much as possible.

Mel Sinclair, RN