Hand Eczema Treatment

Hand Eczema TreatmentHand Eczema Treatment

Eczema is a bothersome condition and can truly create a lot of trouble for you. Good natural eczema treatment will be a step in the right direction.

According to Medicine Net, eczema is a descriptive term for a chronic skin condition that usually begins in early childhood. It is seen most commonly in individuals who have family members who have asthma and hay fever. This is not to say that eczema is a classical allergic disease. There seems to be general agreement that this condition is inherited because of the complete loss or relative lack of a skin protein.

There are criteria that must be met before the diagnosis of eczema is considered. In most patients, the condition began in childhood. Patients develop plaques of weeping, oozing skin that are very itchy. A personal or family history of asthma and/or inhalant allergies is helpful. In older children or adults, the lesions of eczema tend to occur in the folds of the skin in front of the elbows and in the folds of skin behind the knees. Eczema tends to improve in most patients as they get older.

Source: Medicine Net

There are actually available ways on how to manage hand eczema. Patient.co.uk has provided us with these ways:

  • Irrespective of the cause, continued contact with irritant substances will make any hand or foot eczema worse. This may mean taking time off work for engineers, cooks, hairdressers and others. Sometimes a change of employment has to be considered.
  • Treat blisters, exudate or erosions by soaking the affected part in potassium permanganate solution 4-hourly until it is dry. Potassium permanganate is available as crystals or in a 1:1,000 solution. The strong solution is purple in colour but a few drops should be put into a basin to produce a light pink colour. If the solution is too strong, brown staining will occur.
  • Apply a potent steroid cream or ointment twice a day until the condition remits. A potent form is required for such tough skin, especially the palms and soles. No steroid cream will suppress the eczema if the causative agent is not removed. Steroid creams may be applied under occlusion. There is some doubt as to whether the usual twice-daily application of steroid creams is superior to just once-daily application. The latter may be more convenient and cheaper.
  • Tacrolimus may be considered for moderate or severe atopic eczema for adults, or children over two years old, if the maximum strength and potency of topical corticosteroid have been adequately tried and have failed or where there is serious risk of important side-effects from further use of topical corticosteroids. This is normally prescribed under supervision from a dermatologist.
  • Hyperkeratotic plaques may be treated with 2-5% salicylic acid ointment. This can be applied at night under polythene occlusion. Beware of irritating normal skin.
  • Avoid soap and detergents and wash hands, using a moisturiser such as aqueous cream or emulsifying ointment. Regularly apply a moisturiser for dry skin between steroid applications. Protect hands when doing wet work, with rubber or PVC gloves, or use cotton gloves for dry work.

Source: Patient.co.uk

Once you are able to follow the various hand eczema treatments mentioned above, you will surely be able to find significant improvement in your condition.

 

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