Dyshidrotic eczema is a skin condition which is responsible for the appearance of small blisters, which can turn red and become inflamed; mainly on the feet, hands and fingers. There are a few other names by which this skin disease goes by, such as “dyshidrotic dermatitis”, “dyshidrosis” and “pomphloyx”.
While no single cause for the disease has been identified, there are a number of factors which have shown some links to causing an outbreak of the disease. Most commonly, it is associated with high levels of emotional stress or anxiety, seasonal changes and exposure to certain irritants or allergens. Some common items that have been linked to dyshidrosis are latex or vinyl gloves, fragrances, fresh fruit juices, some types of soaps and chemicals. Certain allergies, like those to nickel, soy or chocolate also appear to have a link with it.
Despite the fact that the disease may look quite unsightly, contrary to what some may think, it is not contagious and therefore cannot be spread by direct contact with a person suffering from it.
There are some available treatments for it, which will vary depending on how severe one’s dermatitis is and what the suspected cause is in that particular patient. If it is believed that appearance of dyshidrotic dermatitis is linked to exposure to a certain allergen that has either been ingested or came into contact with the skin, then it is obviously recommended to avoid contact with said allergen.
While research is still underway to try and find an effective eczema cure, there is no “magic solution” for dyshidrotic eczema. But there is still hope. Some very effective treatments exist which can help those who suffer from this skin condition take care of their symptoms and keep them from happening again. For example, if an area is causing itching, applying vaseline and hemp oil on it can relieve some of the itch. Affected areas can also be soaked in white vinegar.