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Hand eczema, also known as hand dermatitis, is a condition that affects about 10% of the U.S. population. Both genetics and contact allergens and irritating substances play a role in “triggering” this form of eczema. Steroid creams and ointments are the commonly prescribed treatment for hand dermatitis. They relieve symptoms and calm inflamed skin. Stronger strength steroids are usually needed as mild steroids (1% hydrocortisone) do not work on thick skin. They are applied up to twice a day. Ask your doctor, as she is treating you if there might be something else going on (a systemic cause). Sometimes it does take time to get the condition under control.

Some things that may help at home:
Keep cotton gloves around the house to protect your hands while you do chores, like folding the laundry, dusting, etc.
Use a combination of vinyl gloves and cotton liners when doing chores that involve getting your hands wet like cleaning the bathroom or washing dishes. Afterward, be sure to wash your gloves inside out, and let them air dry. If water gets into your glove, take it off right away, blot hands dry and replace with a new glove.
If you’re doing work with foods like potatoes, onions, peppers, meat, or acidic fruits (like tomatoes, or citrus), use disposable gloves that you can throw away once you’re finished.


March 17, 2018 - 6:26am


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