Some Facts About Hand Dermatitis

Some Facts About Hand DermatitisSome Facts About Hand Dermatitis


Hand dermatitis, a condition that is also known as hand eczema, affects people whose hands often come in contact with irritants. There are certain occupations that can make you more prone to the skin condition.

According to Eczema Help, hand eczema occurs commonly among the following occupations:


  • bricklayers
  • mechanical industry workers
  • hair dressers
  • health care workers
  • janitors and housecleaners
  • florists
  • food service industry workers
  • agricultural workers


Hand eczema can happen to anyone, however, you are more likely to be affected if:


  • You had similar skin problems, eczema, hay fever, or other allergies as a child.
  • Your hands get wet a lot, whether at home, work or with leisure activities.
  • Your job exposes your hands to irritating chemicals or very frequent hand washing and disinfection.
  • You frequently wash your hands around the house or at work, which breaks down the skin’s natural protective barrier.


Source: Eczema Help


If you are suffering from hand dermatitis, don’t worry so much because there are effective treatments that will help the condition.


According to DermNetz, with careful management, hand dermatitis usually recovers completely. A few days off work may be helpful. When occupational dermatitis is severe, it may not be possible to work for weeks or months. Occasionally a change of occupation is necessary.


  • Where possible, avoid wet-work and contact with irritants.
  • Protect your hands using vinyl gloves, which are less likely than rubber to cause allergic reactions. Don’t wear these for long periods, as sweating will also aggravate dermatitis. Always make sure the gloves are scrupulously clean inside.
  • Use emollients frequently. A thin smear of a thick barrier cream should be applied to all affected areas before work, and reapplied after washing and whenever the skin dries out.
  • Your doctor will prescribe topical steroids to reduce inflammation. These come in various strengths and should only be applied to areas of active dermatitis once or twice daily. Generally a potent topical steroid is used for several weeks.
  • If your dermatitis is infected, your doctor will prescribe a topical or oral antibiotic such as flucloxacillin for about a week.


Source: DermNetz

If you feel that you are prone to such a condition, try to steer clear of the occupations mentioned above. Also, try to apply the suggested treatments mentioned herein so that you can alleviate your condition.



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