Hand eczema is not a contagious condition, but it is one that requires care from your dermatologist.
Hand eczema symptoms can include:
- Dry, red hands that sometimes even appear to be chapped.
- Scaly skin
- Can bleed, crack, crust
The best way to treat hand eczema is by finding the cause, and possible causes for hand eczema include:
- Wet hands throughout the day, including washing hands often or working in water.
- Working or being exposed to solvents, detergents, or certain materials.
- Allergic reaction.
- Atopic dermatitis in childhood can lead to eczema in adulthood.
If this sounds familiar, or if you have these symptoms and a moisturizer cream is not helping, a visit to your dermatologist is your next step. Using a ‘patch test’ your dermatologist can help determine the cause of your hand eczema. Once that is determined, you can avoid the responsible culprit. Otherwise, until the cause of your particular hand eczema is determined, your condition is likely to worsen.
Along with avoiding whatever is causing your hand eczema, you dermatologist may also have you use moisturizer, barrier repair cream, or even cortisone lotion. Starting a daily routine of hand care that may include moisturizing after cleaning and drying your hands, using cotton, fragrance and dye-free gloves when working, or disposable gloves if you are working with food products.
Your dermatologist may also suggest that you coat your hands in petroleum jelly and cover with cotton gloves overnight.
You may clear up your hand eczema for a period of time, but you could have flair ups.