November 13, 2010,
S.X. asks from Libertyville, IL on November 12, 2010
Peeling and Tiny Bubbles Under the Skin on My Palms???
I get this every fall. It starts on my palms.... looks like tiny little blisters but they rarely have anything in them (i've popped them with a pin and some have water in them)... then it peels like eczema. Last year it spread my entire palm and stopped at the wrist. This year it started on my wrist (ouch!). I've used tricimilol (my sons) (sp?) 2x a day but doesn't help anymore. anyone know what this is called? I don't want to shell out the $60 copay for a determotologist if its something stupid. My husband says he's gotten it on his palms and the bottom of his feet, but his little bubbles pop on their own and it was way worse than mine....and i haven't seen it (before i met him) thanks.
J.B. answers from Atlanta on November 12, 2010
J.B. answers from Atlanta on November 12, 2010
Sounds nuts, but I used to have this every fall as a child. Nothing helped! My cousin told me to rub Selson Blue dandruff shampoo on my hands like lotion and sleep in gloves, and it worked! It worked every time! I eventually stopped getting it, but it works!
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B.W. answers from Minneapolis on November 12, 2010
Like Jane I get it on my fingers, sometimes around my ring finger only, sometimes around a few different fingers. Sometimes on the tips by my fingernails. I don't knwo what it is, and a dermatologist was no help.... so I guess I am not either. :)
S.P. answers from Chicago on November 13, 2010
Definitely dyshidrotic eczema. I've had it all my life off and on, and it's directly tied to stress for me. It can also be seasonal. Corticosteroid creams do the trick for me, which can only be prescribed by a doc. As tempting as it is to pop the bubbles, I think that makes it worse. Below is a site about it. Sorry!
C.K. answers from Chicago on November 13, 2010
Eczema, my husband gets it. DO NOT POP THE BLISTERS!!!! You will make it worse. My husband got a cortizone cream from the doctor that really helped, not much needed. Stress is a big contributor to the outbreak.
R.B. answers from Chicago on November 13, 2010
I had something similar on the side of my hand for a few months last winter. What did the trick for me was the following:
1) as tempting as it is, don't touch it, scratch it, rub it, etc.
2) put a generous amount of Cortaid on there without rubbing it in
3) put a big ol' band-aid over the affected area, over the Cortaid and all.
4) Repeat daily
After a week or so of this, I started to finally see some progress (after almost 2 months of it being there and spreading down the side of my hand).
Interestingly enough, I haven't gotten it since. Good luck to you!
R.S. answers from Chicago on November 13, 2010
I'm not an expert, but it sound to me like it might be contact dermatitis, something I also had on my hand/wrist. It started out as eczema (an allergic reaction to my rings) and just got worse. My doctor gave me prescription hydrocortisone gel, which I applied every night for 2 weeks. You then need to take 2 weeks off (since hydrocortisone is a steroid cream) and then you can do it again for 2 weeks.
She also said that I should make sure that my hands were completely dry after washing them, and to use a hand cream (like Neutrogena Norwegian formula hand cream --- Eucerin and Aquafor make similar products) after every time I washed my hands.
It was always worse in winter.
You could probably try doing this with over-the-counter hydrocortisone, but I would recommend seeing a doctor if it doesn't get better in a couple of weeks.
S.S. answers from Chicago on November 13, 2010
Does your son get it too?
T.T. answers from Chicago on November 13, 2010
sounds like what i have . its a weird form of psoriasis and can pop up in different places. i hope yours goes doesnt though....anyways i changed to all natural body soaps shampoos cleaning products etc. Id watch what you wash your hands with. Forget the creams they do nothing! mine would flare up in the winter and go completely away while pregnant.. My moms flares up exactly on her hands like you and also her knees. good luck