Treating hand eczema is easier than you may think. An individualised treatment plan written by your dermatologist will improve your dermatitis quickly. The second part of the plan is to maintain your improvement.
Protect your skin
As discussed, greasy moisturisers aid in reforming the barrier function of your skin. Frequent use is the key.
This means to reduce the red, angry, flaky, and sometimes blistery skin on your hands. Without doubt you would have tried steroid creams in the past, however Specialist will find the right combination for your condition. Frequently we will also add a steroid sparring agent to reduce the side-effects of steroid creams.
Phototherapy with Narrowband Light is another form of eczema treatment.
Treat and prevent infection
Treating infection is vitally important in the management of acute hand dermatitis. Minimising wet work is the first step. If needed a course of antibiotics may help. Specialist will often give you a regime of Condy’s Crystals soaks to help dry out weeping dermatitis. This can also reduce any secondary infection.
Avoid known allergies
The value of skin allergy testing, or contact patch testing, is to find out what you maybe allergic to. This forms the basis of allergy avoidance. Avoiding known substances that contain your discovered allergen may enable better control of your hand dermatitis.
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