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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I've had this picture in my head for many years now that there might be a link between asthma and eczema, and more recently, that eczema might actually cause asthma. So I set off on a quest to determine if this "theory" holds any merit. I first became familiar with the asthma-eczema link back in 1985 when I was admitted to National Jewish Health for six months for my asthma. While there, I became friends with a few asthmatics who also had eczema. One kid had to sit in a bathtub every morning for special treatment by one of the nurses or counselors, and he had to have his hands wrapped. After meeting him and listening to his stories, I felt fortunate to simply have asthma. Recently I had a boy born with eczema, and considering I have a history of asthma I wanted to see what the odds were of him also developing asthma. So, first we need some basic information about these diseases: Eczema : "An allergic condition that targets your skin," According to Asthma for Dummies
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