Types of Hand Eczema Treatment

Unfortunately there is no tried and true hand eczema treatment available. The causes of eczema are often not 100% known and treatment varies on the severity and type of eczema the person is suffering from. There are some different forms of medications available, each with its own efficacy rates and side effects and results may differ from patient to patient. One of the most important concepts of hand eczema treatment includes lifestyle alterations that center around protecting the hands and skin.

Eczema can affect just about anyone. It usually begins as dryness that worsens into flaky patches of dry, red and inflamed skin. It can be extremely itchy and irritating. It may also cause the skin to thicken and form calluses. Eczema that is located on the hands can be especially annoying and troublesome. Constant rubbing and itching only serves to make the condition worse. Eczema becomes worse and more resistant to treatment the longer it goes without being treated, so it is best to attempt to treat the condition quickly. While it may run in families, hand eczema often occurs in people who come into contact with irritants often, people with allergies and people who often allow their hands to get wet constantly. It is thought that having constantly wet hands allows the skin’s protective barrier to breakdown. Often a dermatologist will perform a patch test to determine if a specific irritant is the cause of a patient’s eczema.

Some of the medications available to treat hand eczema include corticosteroids, non-corticosteroids, anti-biotics and anti-histamines. Corticosteroids help to reduce inflammation and itch, but should only be applied during flare ups to prevent a skin thinning side effect. These may be potent or mild, depending on the eczema’s severity and should never be applied to ulcerated skin. Also, due to potential growth inhibitor side effects, long term use of corticosteroids is not recommended. Also known as topical Immunomodulators, non-corticosteroid topical medications are becoming a popular way to treat eczema. These can reduce steroid use but may cause problems when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Examples of topical Immunomodulators are Protopic and Eliclel. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent a secondary infection due to itching. If allergies are the known cause a doctor may also prescribe oral anti-histamines and anti-itch creams. Tar solutions are also used to help provide relief.

Learning to avoid irritants, deal with flare ups and protect the skin of the hands are all part of an effective treatment plan for anyone suffering from hand eczema. The first step is to keep hands dry as much as possible. When the hands do get wet, it is best to pat them dry and then apply petroleum jelly. Greasy moisturizers are the best option for eczema as these will not evaporate and dry out the skin. Learning to read labels and using only moisturizers and cleaning products that do not irritate the skin is also essential. A dermatologist should inform the patient about the list of chemicals and solutions known to make eczema worse.

Avoiding fragrances and soap is extremely important. When traveling, the patient should always bring their own moisturizers and products with them. Keeping any rings the person may wear clean and dry will also help. Most people will benefit from protecting their hands while doing anything that may cause them to come into contact with irritants. Gloves made from cotton and worn underneath waterproof vinyl gloves should be used when performing chores, laundry, gardening, cooking and even shampooing. Avoid getting any part of the inside of the gloves wet and clean the cotton gloves regularly. Avoid hot water as well. For most people learning what effects their hand eczema and keeping their hands well protected will provide the best results to lessen the symptoms. To begin, many people keep a personal record for several weeks of what effects their skin, so they can learn how to alter their lives accordingly. This represents the best form of hand eczema treatment.




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