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There are all sorts of reasons why you might be experience eczema on the hands (also known as hand dermatitis). First of all it could simply be down to your genetics as is often the case. However, sometimes there are external factors that cause the problem.

You might be sensitive to allergens or perhaps you are reacting to chemicals that you come into contact with throughout your daily life.

Whatever the reason may be there is no escaping the symptoms that can come and go at any time.

What are the Symptoms of Hand Eczema?

There are several symptoms to be aware of:

·         Itchiness
·         Red skin
·         Painful skin
·         Dry, flaky skin
·         Cracks in the skin
·         Blisters

You might not have all of these symptoms but one or more could be an indication of hand eczema. If you’re unsure or have not yet sought medical care it’s a good idea to go and visit your doctor. They will be able to give you a diagnosis and then work with you to find ways of reducing your symptoms and making life a little more comfortable for you.

Tips for Happier Hands

  1. Follow a hand care routine each night before you go to bed. Wash your hands in warm water, pat dry with a towel and cover in generous layers of emollient creams before slipping on some Skinnies gloves for the night.
  2. Avoid touching any harsh chemicals. If you work with chemicals (builders, hairdressers, nurses etc.) speak to your employer and make them aware of your hand eczema. Ask for suitable gloves, creams, hand wash and request that they look for alternatives to the chemicals you’re using.  
  3. Use a barrier cream before you carry out any wet or dirty work. Many eczema sufferers recommend the use of a natural beeswax hand cream. You can find more information on beeswax and eczema by clicking this link.
  4. If the problem persists over a few weeks it’s a good idea to book an allergy patch test to discover if you’re allergic to a specific chemical or allergen. When you know what causes the eczema it’s a lot easier to avoid it.
  5. Be prepared to make changes in how you use your hands.  Old habits might need to be broken and new ones formed in order to manage your skin efficiently.