I went to Kaiser's Dermatologist for two years, no diagnosis, but, he tried cream after cream, to no avail. I finally paid my old private Dermatologist cash and he diagnosed it as (sounds like), "Numbular Eczema", which is "severly dry skin, on an alergy prone person, under stress." When I think back, it started after my last child was born, which is a stressful time! It went from the back of my hands, up my arms, on my lower legs, my ankles, my cheek, and back to my hands. He prescribed "Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment USP, 0.1%" mine was by Alpharma. Miracle of miracles after itching, oozing, sweling, digging deeper to itch more, crying, and wondering for years, it cleared up within 24 hours, it was on the mend. My husband had even told me to put my hands under as hot of water as I could stand, and even poured pure bleach on them, because he thought it was some kind of infection! No! No! No! It was "severe dishpan hands!" What I needed was to NOT do dishes....AT ALL! The cream cannot go in your eyes!!! The cream reduces the swelling and allows those cracks to come together and heal, for one thing, and it protects the skin, and takes away the itch! Also, he called it "The Scratching/Itching Disease:" the more you scratch, the more it will itch! The private doctor said my husband actually caused third degree burns on the back of my hands! Pamper yourself, do not do more harm! I went back to the Dermatologist at Kaiser, and he mocked me saying, "Oh, sure, a miracle cure!" Years later, it broke out again after I broke my leg in the middle of a very busy work schedule (stress), and I brought the empty tube (that I cherish) to the doctor treating my leg, and said, "Please, may I have a refill?" He thought my sore was caused by being rubbed raw on my leg from the boot they put on me, but, the sore was right where it used to be, doing its thing, itching, and oozing, and he agreed to let me try it. It cleared it right up! The best over-th-counter lotion I have used is Eucerine Plus Intensive Repair. I was allergic to many others, so this was the best for me! My heart is with you all! Chilling out, and stopping stress is a huge help! Try it, you'll like it!