My name is Aprill and I suffer from dyshidrotic eczema. This skin condition makes the palms of my hands’ itch and occasionally break out in blisters. It’s demeaning, embarrassing and itchy!
Similar to when I discovered I had HS, I spoke with my primary physician to come up with solutions that did not involve steroid creams. I don’t like the way they thin out the skin. She provided me with five smart ways to keep my hands in check:
Wash hands, gently
I always make sure to use lukewarm water to prevent flare-ups. Super hot water really does a number on my hands and I always end up with blisters. It’s also a good idea to use a mild soap and avoid antibacterial soaps.
Protect the hands
Household cleaners can do a number on the hands. I’ve discovered that wearing a pair of cotton gloves under nitrate gloves dramatically reduces irritation.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Apply moisturizer all day long, anytime the skin feels dry. Use a barrier cream that relieves itch but still allows the hands to breathe. Pick something creamy and fragrance-free.
Reducing stress works wonders occasionally. Talk to your doctor about helpful stress reduction techniques.
Reduce gluten intake
While eczema is not always caused by food, but because I have so many allergies, I tend to avoid gluten as much as possible. My skin feels crawly and itchy after consuming gluten products, especially my hands. This means I can’t have pizza as often as my friends. Until now, thanks to Papa John’s.
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