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Hand Eczema

Hand eczema or hand dermatitis presents with dry and cracked skin, pain, burning sensation, itching, blisters, bleeding, redness, and scaly and crusty skin with or without pus. Things that irritate the skin, persistent wet hands (in hairstylists, nurses, plumbers, and caterers), and skin contact with allergic substances cause hand eczema. Avoiding the triggering or causative factor, using glycerin-based ointments and moisturizers rich in oil content, and using a glove while working with hands like cleaning or cutting vegetables help prevent eczema episodes.

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Can Alitretinoin help cure my chronic hand eczema permanently?

Query: Hello doctor,Over a year ago, I started noticing the darkening of my skin and eventually developed dry skin on my hands which got progressively worse that persisted to the point of scaling. Although I could not identify the source, I quickly stopped and changed all of my skincare items to hypogenic...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Alitretinoin capsules are used to treat severe chronic hand dermatitis and eczema that do not respond to topical corticosteroid therapy. I suggest you to clean the affected skin thoroughly with mild soap or cleanser and water. Avoid medicated...  Read Full »

What are the tiny hole-like rashes in my palm that do not spread anywhere?

Query: Hello doctor,I started to have tiny holes in my palm a few months ago. They do not hurt and are symptomless. And also, they do not spread anywhere. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly answer the following to help you better. Did you had any contact with irritant chemicals? Do you have any history of atopy or allergies? What is your occupation? Do you have a dry skin type? Any excess scratching and rubbing of the lesions? Do you have any itc...  Read Full »

Is dry and cracked hand a symptom of eczema?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had severely dry, cracked hands for the last six months. Sometimes, I sleep with Aquaphor and gloves on my hands. There have been two occasions where I have noticed one or two tiny bumps or blisters on the side of one of my fingers. It was on a different finger each time and is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It can be either eczemaor palmar psoriasis. Please send images for further information.   Read Full »

I have been getting itchy, hot blisters on my hands. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been getting strange blisters on the back of my hands, the adjacent wrist area, and the base of my fingers. They present very rapidly, being itchy and hot to the touch. Within 15 to 30 minutes, the blister opens, and the exposed area underneath leaves a deep, oozing wound that ca...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your pictures (the attachment was removed to protect the patient's identity). Please let me know for how long you have been having such blisters or if you have been taking any sort of medicine, for example, painkillers or any other drug, for any reason. M...  Read Full »

Why do I get white fluid from infected part of my finger?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21 year old female. I have been getting white fluid from the infected part of my finger. I do not know how it got infected. I have this for the last one month. I used antibacterial ointments, but still it is not getting healed rather it is getting more and peeling away.  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do you wear rings on that finger or used to wear them before? Please send the image of that finger. Do you have any itching problems in other parts of the body or similar lesions? Please tell me the name of the ointment you used before.   Read Full »

My eczema in my hands got worse recently. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old female, my height is 5' 2", and I weigh 143 pounds. I have eczema, and recently, it has got awful. It used to be only on a fingertip, and now it has spread across my hands. Eczema has gotten red, flaky, and painful recently. It is the worst on my right index finger, and...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, eczema is bad. I would suggest a few hand care tips. Avoid direct contact with detergents and dishwashing agents (use dishwashing gloves if you have one). Keep hands well moisturized. Avoid sanitizers and other allergens as much as possible. Use a mild soap for was...  Read Full »

What might be the reason for my cracked knuckles not healing for weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, The knuckles of my right hand have been cracked for several weeks and are not healing. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and reviewed the attached photos (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). This seems to be eczema. I suggest you apply a topical steroid and antibiotic combination cream. Apply Fucibet cream (Fusidic acid and Betamethasone valerate)...  Read Full »

Do frequent washing of hands lead to eczema?

Query: Hi doctor, I have recently had small tapioca-like bumps underneath the palm of my right hand (I have attached the photos, kindly have a look at it). My skin gets fairly dry in the winter due to extremely cold climate in my country, and sometimes my hands dry out and crack. The bumps seem to be aroun...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). I can appreciate red plaques on the backside of the hand in two of them, while in the third one, I can see dryness on the palm. According to me, it is neither psoriasis nor dysh...  Read Full »

Why do I have a continuous itching sensation in my right thumb?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 59 year old female, I have itching sensation in my right thumb, and due to continuous scratching, the skin is slowly getting damaged. There is some infection, and then the skin heals on its own. This cycle is repeating itself from the past year. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Have you applied any creams? Are you diabetic? Please send images for better understanding.   Read Full »

Could you give your opinion about my eczema on the fingertips?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23 year old female who has developed dry fingertips. The skin flakes off to leave smooth raw skin that has pins and needles when touched. It started with the index finger of my left hand. I asked a pharmacist for an opinion, and he thought it was nerve damage and recommended steroi...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your history and clinical images (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears that you are suffering from fingertip eczema. It could most commonly occur as a consequence of allergic contact dermatitis to soaps and detergents used for washing clo...  Read Full »

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