Dyshidrosis is also called dyshidrostic eczema. It is a skin condition with tiny blister filled with fluid that forms on the palms of the hands and on the sides of fingers and sometimes the soles of the feet can also be affected. The blisters are about the size of a standard lead of the pencil and they are grouped in clusters that look like a tapioca. Sometimes when they become severe, the small blisters merge and form larger blisters.
The blisters usually last for three weeks and result to severe itching. Once the blisters dry up, the skin becomes scaly. The formation of blisters recurs before the skin is completely healed from the previous blisters.
Symptoms of dyshidrosis
- Small blisters filled with fluid especially on the hands, feet and the fingers
- Scaly and cracked skin
- Skin condition such as atopic dermatitis
- Allergic condition such as hay fever
- Physical and emotional stress
- Exposure to metals such as nickel and cobalt usually in an industrial setting
- Formation of rashes due to direct contact with certain irritants
- Wash the affected area using soap that is fragrance-free and contains natural moisturizers such as Vitamin E, olive oil and aloe Vera. Another alternative is using hypoallergenic cleansers for sensitive skin such as Neutrogena and Aveeno is also good for the condition. Avoid scrubbing the skin too strongly using a washcloth or loofa when cleaning the affected area to prevent further damage and worsen the condition.
- Apply cold compress on the area to lessen the itchiness and the burning sensations. It also lessens the inflammation of the blisters and numbs the nerve endings to lessen the pain. Immerse a clean wash cloth in cold water and put in a refrigerator for a few hours before covering it around the affected areas for at least 15 minutes, 2-3 times every day as needed. Another alternative is placing few crushed ice in a plastic bag and then wrap it using a towel or a soft cloth before applying to the skin. Avoid ice directly on the skin to prevent further damage and worsen the condition.
- Avoid scratching open sores or blisters to prevent additional inflammation of the skin, increase the risk of bacterial or fungal infections and worsen the condition. Wear thin cotton gloves and socks to prevent from scratching the affected areas.
- Aloe Vera gel contains antimicrobial properties that lessen fungal or bacterial infections. Apply aloe Vera gel on the area to lessen the redness and the irritation on the affected area. Another alternative is using the gel from a fresh aloe Vera plant is also good for the condition.
- Take the prescribed over-the-counter antihistamines such as diphenhydramine or loratadine to lessen the itchiness and the inflammation.