What to do about eczema on the fingers

Having eczema on the fingers can be quite annoying.  The itch is enough to drive you crazy for hours, and it can seem like there’s no relief in sight.  Eczema on the fingers is medically known as pompholyx eczema or dyshidrotic eczema.  The symptoms are small, red bumps in clusters on the fingers.  The bumps tend to itch a lot, and it can be very difficult to control the urge to itch them.  The bumps do tend to look a lot like very small warts all over the fingers.

Eczema on the fingers tends to come in cycles, with periods of smooth skin followed by periods of eczema.  People who suffer from this type of eczema also may experience very dry, cracked skin all over their fingers. 

Most cases of eczema on the fingers are probably caused by an allergic reaction to something you’ve touched recently, although the real cause of this problem is not known for sure.  The allergy could be to just about anything, from an environmental substance like dust or pollen, to that new shampoo you tried out this morning, or even a food.  Eczema on the fingers is very common in warm weather, although it’s certainly possible to experience it in cooler weather also.   The good news about eczema on the fingers is that it’s not contagious.  However, dealing with eczema can lead to even more problems with the fingers, including burning, stiffness, and numbness.

When eczema on the fingers starts to heal, the skin basically starts to peel off.  There are many different treatment options available for this type of eczema.  The simplest way to calm a breakout of eczema is to place your hands in hot water for a few seconds, and then cold water for a few seconds.  Researchers say this causes your body to release more histamines, which are the substances your body needs to fight off an allergic reaction.  The only bad thing about this method is that the itching will intensify before it gets better.  Just do your best to resist the urge to scratch. 

If the eczema on your fingers is very severe, then it’s certainly time to see a dermatologist.  Very severe eczema is characterized by an excessively large number of red bumps, so many that they seem to take over the hands.  They also tend to split, bleed, and cause a lot of pain.  A dermatologist will probably prescribe steroid creams to reduce the inflammation.  Antihistamines can also help reduce your symptoms.  If those two treatment methods just aren’t enough to bring your eczema under control, your doctor may also recommend ultraviolet light therapy. 

Half of the battle against eczema on the fingers is preventing breakouts from occurring, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to moisturize regularly.  Look for a very gentle moisturizer that doesn’t irritate your skin, and apply it regularly.  You also may want to opt for a thicker lotion rather than a thinner one so you don’t have to apply it as often.




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