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Dyshidrotic eczema

  • Definition

    Dyshidrotic eczema is a condition in which small, itchy blisters develop on the hands and feet.


    Alternative Names

    Dyshidrosis; Pompholyx


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    This blistering type of eczema is twice as common in women than men.

    People are more likely to develop dyshidrotic eczema when:

    • They are under stress
    • They have allergies, such as hayfever
    • Their hands are often in water or moist
    • They do cement work or other work that exposes their hands to chromium, cobalt, nickel

    The cause is unknown. The condition seems to appear during certain times of the year.