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Eczema on Hands

Eczema on Hands

Eczema on hands

Eczema is an itching condition affecting even very young children. The word ‘eczema’ comes from Greek words meaning ‘to boil over’ while the term ‘dermatitis’ comes from the Greek for skin. Both refer to the same skin condition although eczema is more commonly used. Eczema is an itchy inflammation of the skin, associated with other symptoms including: redness of affected areas of skin; generally dry skin; and lumps or blisters in affected areas.

The risks of scratching

One of the first things you should understand about eczema on the hands is to avoid scratching any rash. Not only the red rashes, but any blisters on the skin can feel exceptionally itchy, affecting the fingers, the palms or the backs of the hands.

If you can avoid scratching at all, there is the chance that the eczema will clear up on its own but keep on scratching and the symptoms will only worsen; blisters will burst; and any broken skin can become infected.

Over the counter and prescription medications vs. natural remedies

OTC and prescription medications can be helpful if your eczema outbreaks are mild but as soon as you have to use stronger medications, there are potential side effects to consider. Unfortunately these medicines have high steroid bases, and the overuse of steroids for long periods can seriously impact your health. Even when used for some time, the eczema will still return from time to time and while you are using OTC and prescription medications, your hands will be subjected to aging and harsh chemicals.

Natural eczema on hands treatments (such as those specially formulated from essential oils) will provide you with a safer, gentler treatment option. As well as being very economical to use, they are kinder and anti aging to the skin too. As many people have had great success by using a natural eczema treatment for eczema on hands, there is no reason why you should not too.

The link between diet, allergic reactions and eczema

Some people find that they are allergic to certain foods in their diet, triggering an eczema outbreak. Top of the list to investigate is a possible gluten allergy as this appears to be the culprit behind so many chronic, inflammatory conditions today. For example, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, which is a type of eczema, is actually caused by gluten.

Others find they have an allergic reaction to something in the environment. For example, the chemicals contained in laundry and other household cleaning products. The ingredients in these often harsh commercial products can act as irritants and are far from being natural. Instead change to natural products and wear gloves when using.

Water is another problem with eczema on the hands so avoid too much hand washing and having to have your hands immersed in water.

Moisturising and avoiding dry skin is very important when dealing with eczema on the hands and elsewhere, so ensure you use natural thick creams to protect them along with mittens (or a sock on each hand) at night to keep the hands moist and to prevent you from scratching.

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