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What is Dyshidrotic Eczema?
Dyshidrosis is a skin condition where tiny, very itchy blisters form predominantly on the fingers and feet. These tiny blisters can join together to form larger blisters, and cause a build up of thick, dead skin. Deep fissures can form in the dead, dry skin, especially on the soles of feet.. Once the blisters have broken, the skin typically peels, exposing the red, raw skin underneath.
Originally it was thought to be caused by excessive sweating. It is not contagious, but can be quite unsightly and very painful. Dyshidrotic eczema can be made worse by many factors including:
- synthetic fabrics
- cleaning chemicals
- acidic foods or liquids
Affecting approximately 1 in 5,000 people, this condition is currently incurable, with patients often suffering multiple attacks. Current treatment include topical steroids, diluted hydrogen peroxide, stress management, and healthy diet modifications. Often the severity or the duration of an attack can be reduced by avoiding cleaning chemicals, synthetic fragrances, soaps, and synthetic socks and gloves. Other more radical medical treatments include immunosuppressant medication, light therapy and oral steroids.
It is currently thought there might be a link with auto-immune diseases, and estrogen dominance in female patients.