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Hand dermatitis

By Anonymous March 17, 2018 - 12:40am
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I have been seeing a dermatologist for several year's and have been told I have dermatitis on my hands.. They are very rough all the time know matter how much I lotion them.. And most of the time the palms are scaly and peel and have like paper cuts on them.. Well reasonly the palms are are and fingers are like that but also my fingers are very sore, burning and very numb. She prescribed triamicinolone and neutrogena norwegian cream.. My question. Is this all it is or is there some other condition going on? Please help me understand.. Thank you Sue

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Hello. Thank you for posting.

Hand eczema, also known as hand dermatitis, is a condition that affects about 10% of the U.S. population. Both genetics and contact allergens and irritating substances play a role in “triggering” this form of eczema. Steroid creams and ointments are the commonly prescribed treatment for hand dermatitis. They relieve symptoms and calm inflamed skin. Stronger strength steroids are usually needed as mild steroids (1% hydrocortisone) do not work on thick skin. They are applied up to twice a day. Ask your doctor, as she is treating you if there might be something else going on (a systemic cause). Sometimes it does take time to get the condition under control.

Some things that may help at home:
Keep cotton gloves around the house to protect your hands while you do chores, like folding the laundry, dusting, etc.
Use a combination of vinyl gloves and cotton liners when doing chores that involve getting your hands wet like cleaning the bathroom or washing dishes. Afterward, be sure to wash your gloves inside out, and let them air dry. If water gets into your glove, take it off right away, blot hands dry and replace with a new glove.
If you’re doing work with foods like potatoes, onions, peppers, meat, or acidic fruits (like tomatoes, or citrus), use disposable gloves that you can throw away once you’re finished.


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