Hand eczema or hand dermatitis is one of the common skin problems in the USA as 10% of Americans are suffering from it. This form of eczema is caused by genetics and contact allergens. People who are into the professions of cleaning, catering, hairdressing, healthcare and mechanical jobs have more risk of developing hand dermatitis than other people. This is because they come into the contact with irritants or chemicals. Some of the common symptoms of hand eczema are redness, pain, itching, dryness, cracks, and blisters.
The more rigid form of hand eczema is pompholyx or dyshidrotic eczema with the symptoms of small and itchy blisters occurring on the palms of the hands. This form of eczema is more common in women than men. You must meet your physician if you have pompholyx or dyshidrotic eczema.
But hand eczema is not infectious as you don’t get it from anyone or give it to anyone else. However, it may affect a person’s self-esteem and their mindset to do the job.
How to Control My Hand Eczema?
With some basic tips, you can control your hand eczema at home.
- Wash your hands with lukewarm water with fragrance free cleanser.
- Pat dry your hands and apply a moisturizer within 2 minutes.
- Use the moisturizers containing higher oil content like ointments and creams.
- Don’t use waterless and antibacterial cleansers including alcohol and solvents that are very hard on your hands (especially when you have flare-ups).
- Wear cotton gloves while doing the household chores like changing bed sheets or folding the clothes. Always wear clean gloves. You can also cut the fingertips of your gloves if they are not affected by eczema.
- Wear a combination of vinyl gloves and cotton liners while doing work making your hands wet.
- Use disposable gloves while handing food products like potatoes, peppers, acidic fruits and peppers. Throw them away once you done with the work.
- Ask your friend or family member to shampoo your hair. If they are not around, wear waterproof vinyl with cotton liners gloves. Use rubber bands around your forearms to avoid water rolling down your arm, and into your gloves.
- Put off the rings from your fingers while doing household chores and before washing or drying your hands. This is because irritants can trapped beneath.
- Avoid washing utensils or clothes by hand. Instead, ask somebody or use dishwasher or washing machine.
Follow your doctor’s guidelines throughout the treatment.