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Dyshidrotic Eczema - Symptoms and Treatment

Dyshidrotic eczema is a condition in which small blisters that cause intense itching develop on the hands and feet. It is also known as pompholyx. It can occur at any age, but it is more common in adults. It mainly occurs on palms, soles, and sides of fingers and toes. The cause of dyshidrotic eczema is not known, but is thought to have a clinical reaction pattern, brought about by certain substances, such as nickel. Stress too, can be a major factor in dyshidrotic eczema. The hands are affected in isolation in 80% of cases, the feet solely in 10% of cases and both the hands and feet in the remaining 10% of cases of dyshidrotic eczema. Fungal infections of the feet has been reported in up to 30% of cases of Dyshidrotic eczema. However, even if you do have a fungal infection of your feet, it is not necessarily the cause of your Dyshidrotic eczema. Watery fluid fills what are known as the vesicles, situated in the upper layer of the skin, also referred to as the epidermis. Excessive exposure to skin irritants such as soap, or a washing powder of some description, are potential starting points for the development of this form of eczema. The principal treatment of Dyshidrotic eczema is to stop it at source; consequently if the origin can not be traced, then the treatment becomes indicative. It is mostly treated with a low potency corticosteroid, combined with the frequent application of moisturisers. Other treatment options include light therapy and in severe cases, oral prednisolone can be used in a short dosage.

Dyshidrotic eczema is refers to a number of different skin conditions in which the skin is red and irritated. Due to irritation it results in small, fluid-filled bumps that become moist and ooze. The most common cause of eczema is atopic dermatitis, sometimes called infantile eczema. It occurs in infants and older children. It is also known as dyshidrotic eczema or vesicular eczema. Dyshidrotic eczema is a form of eczema, in which tiny blisters of serum form just below the skin's surface. Small, clear bubble-like vesicles appear in the affected area. It is a fiercely itchy, deep-seated, blistering rash. It is mainly associated with atopic dermatitis, dyshidrosis might represent a special reaction pattern of eczematous inflammation in the palmo-plantar localization. It is accompanied by pruritus, a burning sensation, and hyperhidrosis. It consist of tiny opaque bumps called vesicles, thickening, and cracks that are accompanied by itching which gets worse at night. It is also known as dyshidrotic eczema or vesicular eczema of the hands and/or feet. Dyshidrotic dermatitis, is worsens in warm weather.

Causes of Dyshidrotic Eczema

Common Causes of Dyshidrotic Eczema :

  • Stress or Anxiety is another main cause for dyshidrotic eczema.
  • Soaps or detergents.
  • The family history of asthma , sinusitis , or hay fever, may also lead to the dyshidrotic eczema.
  • Fungal infections elsewhere in the body can trigger Dyshidrotic Eczema in the hands.
  • Some bacterial infections may also lead to the condition of dyshidrotic eczema.
  • Increased humidity in the atmosphere is also one of the cause of dyshidrotic eczema.
  • Chemical irritants, such as pesticides, paint strippers, alcohol, astringents, perfumes, harsh soaps, detergents, and household cleaners.
  • The various fungal or bacterial infections may affect your foot and arm, which inturn cause dyshidrotic Eczema .

Symptoms of Dyshidrotic Eczema

Some common Symptoms of Dyshidrotic Eczema :

  • Crusting skin cuts.
  • Severe itching.
  • Pain may occur with larger blisters.
  • Excessive sweating.
  • Cracks and fissures in the skin.
  •  Pain and swelling at the rash site.
  • Tiny, deep-seated blisters.

Treatment of Dyshidrotic Eczema

  • Oral anti-pruritics such as Atarax or Benadryl may alleviate itching.
  • Light therapy (PUVA) is also very effective in the treatment of dyshidrotic eczema.
  • Dyshidrotic eczema is mostly  treated  with potent topical corticosteroids combined with the frequent application of moisturizers.
  • Corticosteroid creams and ointments play an important role in the treatment of this disorder.
  • Chelating therapy may be introduce to remove itching.
  • Antibiotics such as flucloxacillin should be prescribed by your doctor for secondary infection.
  • Immunosuppressants like Azathioprine, Methotrexate and even Cyclosporine can be used to get relief from pain and swelling.
  • An antifungal cream may be prescribed if your health care provider is concerned about infection.








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