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.
Eczema - nummular; Nummular dermatitis
Avoid triggers that can make your symptoms worse, such as wool, lanolin, and certain foods. Experts do not recommend taking frequent baths - excess bathing and soaps can cause dry skin , which often makes the condition worse.
Your doctor may recommend skin lotions, soaps, or moist bandages to soothe scaly, dry, or healing areas. Antihistamines taken by mouth may relieve itching.
Persons with severe symptoms may be given prescription skin ointments that contain tar, corticosteroids, or immunosuppressive drugs. In rare, severe cases, the doctor may prescribe more powerful corticosteroids to be taken by mouth or injection.
Nummular eczema is a long-term (chronic) condition. Medical treatment and avoiding irritants can help reduce symptoms.
A secondary infection of the skin may develop.
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Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes. Atopic eczema is the most common type.
Infantile eczema; Atopic dermatitis; Dermatitis - atopic; Eczema - atopic
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Atopic eczema is due to a hypersensitivity reaction (similar to an allergy ) in the skin, which leads to long-term inflammation of the skin.
Eczema is most common in infants. Many people outgrow it by early adulthood. The condition tends to run in families.
People with eczema often have asthma or hay fever , too. There is often a family history of allergic conditions such as asthma, hay fever, or eczema.
The following can make eczema symptoms worse:
Allergies to pollen, mold, dust mites, or animals
Colds or the flu
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