Dyshidrotic Eczema - Saint Paul,MN

Updated on May 25, 2010
K.T. asks from Saint Paul, MN
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I have this on my left pointer finger. It is driving me crazy and It's so embarrassing! I was prescribed hydrocortisone cream a few days ago, but it hasn't helped much yet [possibly because I can't stop picking at it]. If any of you moms have had this, how long did it last? Did it come back? Is there anything else I can try to help it go away? Thanks

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answers from Spokane on

Yes-I had this as a young girl...terrible! My hands would bleed even. It still comes back every now and then, but not like it used to. My dermatologist prescribed Diprolene, which is a steroid cream. It worked really well for me. When it would break out it would last for about a week.

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answers from Los Angeles on

at night use aquafor and bandage that finger so it can soak in. also lotion the area constantly with a non scented hand cream.

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answers from Grand Rapids on

I can relate to this. When i was about 17, i had this on my hands to bad, everything was a struggle to do. I went to the doctor several times, and then to a dermatologist, and it could about 6-9 months before it went away after seeing a dermatologist, so about a year total. i was prescribed several different steriods before it went aay. I think the one that worked was called psorzcan. Or something around that. It was a strange name.

i get flare ups every now and then and for about the last month i have had t flare up. I am pregnant, so i am just really trying to use the hydrocortisone, take benderyl, and stop scratching at it. The benedryl helps to relieve the itchiness. I do remember the doctor had said to use the cortison cream, and after that soaks in about 20-30 minutes, to us a lotion such as the nrutrogena hand cream, as it's a thick cream and will keep the moisture in your hand. The cortiszone dries it out, and that's one reason it will crack. I was told to leave it open. The air is best for it.

I do understand how hard it is to leave alone. When it itches like crazy and is annoying.

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answers from Portland on

I haven't had this but I've heard of it. I think one of my friend's mothers had it on the palms of her hands. She was allergic/sensitive to the yarn with which she was knitting. I don't remember how long it lasted. I do remember that it took her several weeks to figure out it's cause.

I looked it up on the Internet. This article said that if the skin is thickened it will take longer for it to heal. The article also suggested taking an antihistamine. I think most eczema is caused by an allergic reaction and antihistamines do reduce the symptoms.


Because the above address does not work, I tried a different one. This one is much more technical. Buried in it is the statement to apply topical hydrocortisone for 2 weeks. This article brought to mind that my friend's mother had difficulty getting rid of it. Her blisters were numerous and on the palm of her hand which seems more wide spread than yours.

This article also states several different causes which you might find helpful.


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answers from Minneapolis on

Good news and bad news on this one:

I'll start with the bad:
Chances are that it will never "go away". You may have periods of inactivity, but you will find that warmer weather and harsh chemicals/too much dishwater etc can make it worse... also stress can be a factor.

Good News:
See a dermatologist and this can be managed. I have it between my fingers on both hands. I use a prescription cream called MIMYX. It is a non steroid cream (so no skin thinning) typically used for babies, but I have great results.

General Pointers:

DO NOT scratch! Once you rupture the vesicles (little blisters) they will spread and it will make the second phase (cracked open skin) much worse!

Keep your hands sweat free and dry if possible.


Try Hydrogen Peroxide...I actually got this off of an online blog that I became a member of because I was beside myself with the agony of the itching.... As soon as you see vesicles, get some regular hydrogen peroxide and pour it on the affected areas (they will bubble turn white and sting).... RUB the vesicles with the peroxide (kind of to break them open)... Keep doing this until the sting subsides (a minute or so) and then rinse with cold water... pat dry and apply you cream. This will help with the itching and will dry up the vesicles so that it heals much faster.

good luck.

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answers from Omaha on

My son has eczema also. My allergy doctor says she likes to use vasoline on eczema breakouts. It's worked pretty well for clearing up his spots.

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