Dyshidrotic eczema is a form of dermatitis that is often reoccurring or chronic in nature. This condition is characterized by small blisters on the fingers, toes, feet and palms of the hands. These blisters can itch and are often painful. Although Dyshidrotic eczema is not contagious, the unsightliness of the condition can affect social interactions.
Symptoms of Dyshidrotic Eczema
Symptoms of Dyshidrotic eczema include the formation of small blisters that are opaque, deep seated and flush or slightly raised above the skins surface. These small blisters may form so close together they form into larger blisters.
The blisters may itch or be painful or both and will worsen after contact with soap, water or any irritant including harsh materials. The nails on the affected fingers or toes may look pitted. In most cases, the blisters will usually seep, crack and if care is not taken, could become infected. Eventually, the blisters dry up and disappear only to have the entire cycle start again during the next flare up.
While no one knows the exact cause of this condition, it is thought that allergens, stress and seasonal changes may all play a part in the outbreak of dyshidrotic eczema. There are a number of things that are linked with outbreaks of dyshidrotic eczema including but certainly not limited to antibacterial soaps, perfumes, contact with fruit juices and fresh meats, allergic reactions to soy, caffeine and carbonate beverages, nickel alloys, certain synthetic fabrics and even strong sunlight. Of course, different people who suffer from dyshidrotic eczema will find that different things may cause a breakout in them than it does in someone else. So finding your specific triggers is essential in lessening or preventing breakouts. Although this may be difficult as such a variety of things can trigger an outbreak.
Treatment Of Dyshidrotic Eczema
There are some things you can do to treat your dyshidrotic eczema and decrease your chances of a breakout or at least lessen the severity of a breakout should it occur. Here are some things that may help.
- Keeping your hands and feet as dry as possible. This means making sure that you dry your hands and feet well after bathing and wear cotton socks to help keep your feet drier.
- Try to avoid as much anxiety and stress as possible as this may trigger an outbreak.
- When a breakout occurs, apply baking soda and water to the affected areas and dry well.
- Use oil based emollients during the cracking and drying phase of the breakout to keep skin moist and hydrated.
- Avoid known triggers. The more triggers you can avoid the more you decrease your chances of a breakout.
- White vinegar or salt soaks on the affected area. Make sure you pat dry after soaking especially between toes and fingers where moisture may remain and irritate your condition.
While dyshidrotic eczema is an unsightly and an uncomfortable condition that no one enjoys having, being proactive and avoiding triggers will help reduce the number of breakouts you experience. When you do experience a breakout, taking care to keep the condition from spreading and to clear it up as soon as possible will result in you feeling better about your condition.