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Hand Dermatitis

Treatment Options

Hand Dermatitis (also known as hand eczema) is characterized by hands that are dry, chapped, red, scaly and fissured. Sometimes, there may also be small blisters underneath the skin’s surface. There are 3 types of hand eczema: Irritant Contact Dermatitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis and Dyshidrotic Eczema. Hand eczema can occur in people of all ages regardless of gender.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis of the hands is caused by exposure to caustic products, such as soaps, detergents or harsh chemicals. This type of eczema occurs immediately after exposure to these products and is associated with a burning sensation. In general, anybody who is exposed to these irritating products can get irritant contact dermatitis.

In contrast, allergic contact dermatitis of the hands occurs only in predisposed individuals when they develop sensitivity to a product they have been using or have used in the past. Most patients with allergic contact dermatitis complain of itch rather than burning.

In dyshidrotic eczema, tiny blisters appear under the skin surface. This type of eczema is related to excessive water exposure or handwashing and is also characterized by itching.


Treatment Options For Hand Dermatitis

In general, if you have hand eczema, you should limit hand washing and moisturize whenever possible. Any time you do wash your hands, make sure to use warm water and a very small amount of mild soap, then moisturize immediately, while your hands are still a little damp. When you are cleaning, handling food, gardening, or washing dishes, you should wear white cotton gloves underneath vinyl gloves for protection. Rubber or latex gloves should be avoided. Hand eczema is not infectious or contagious. In some cases, patch testing (skin allergy) will be necessary to determine what you are sensitive to.

Treatment for hand eczema usually consists of topical corticosteroids, proper skincare, and avoidance of triggers as discussed above. For patients who do not respond or cannot use topicals, Spring Street Dermatology offers excimer targeted narrowband UVB.

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To learn more about hand dermatitis treatment options, contact Spring Street Dermatology in SOHO, Tribeca, and Uptown, NYC to schedule a consultation. You can also schedule an appointment online here.

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