Introduction to hand eczema
Hand eczema is a condition in which the skin located on the hands gets inflamed and irritated. This usually occurs when a person’s hands are in constant contact with a substance that causes irritation to the skin, like a strong dishwashing detergent, for example.
It is also known as the pompholyx, and the condition itself causes very serious and intensive itching of the skin. The skin will also appear dry and cracked.
Thankfully, there are ways to treat the condition and restore the skin to its normal state.
The first thing a person with hand eczema must do is to talk to a doctor in order to get a confirmation or diagnosis and to then talk about what should be done to remedy the problem.
A doctor should be visited because he or she will be able to prescribe medications that are stronger and more effective than what is available in the pharmacy, especially if he or she determines that the condition is very severe.
Above all, the person must keep their skin moisturized and make sure that the hand eczema is not dry. When the eczema is dry, there is a greater chance that the itching will intensify, which will result in a person wanting to scratch the hands, which in turn could make the condition even worse than it was to begin with.
There are many moisturizers that can be purchased in the store, Vaseline is a good one.
It is also important to note that hand eczema can spread to other parts of the body fairly easily, that is why it is important to apply moisturizers to the bordering areas of the skin right next to the eczema, even if they appear to be healthy. It is best to do this for the sake of prevention.
Right after showering the best time to apply these moisturizers to the skin.
In order to reduce the intense itching that is being caused by the hand eczema, a person can use Hydrocortisone, and there are many over-the-counter brands that can be purchased if a doctor does not prescribe any special one. These creams not only help with the itching, but many of them will moisturize the skin as well.
It is very important to keep the hands away from potential irritants that could worsen the condition, such as harsh soaps and shampoos, fruit and vegetable oils, shaving cream and laundry detergent.