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Really itchy dry hands - advice?

PostPosted: 15 Jan 2016, 23:01
by LucyLastic
At the beginning of September, when I was on holiday in France, I noticed a few itchy bumps along the side of my forefinger. They didn't really come to anything, but they continued to appear in various places on my hands over the next few weeks. I mentioned it in passing to my GP when I went in for another matter and he barely even glanced before saying it is dyshidrotic eczema and that I should apply an emollient. My hands didn't appear to be dry at all, so I didn't, because I hate the sensation of cream on my skin. However, over the last week or two, my skin has started to peel. My hands are just so dry and in some places, several layers of skin have come away. They're not obviously flaking, but are quite sore and itchy. I have been applying E45 or Aveeno but it doesn't seem to be helping and it certainly isn't providing any relief. Any pearls of wisdom to make this shizzle disappear? Thanks.

Re: Really itchy dry hands - advice?

PostPosted: 16 Jan 2016, 01:07
by UnhappyRightFoot
Sounds a little bit similar to something I get on and off in 2 places on one hand (never anywhere else!) Starts as tiny spots, gets ridiculously itchy and therefore, sore, restarting, extends a little, flakes......

I spoke to a pharmacist and she suggested using "Epaderm" Which s an OTC cream. It's not my favourite stuff - greasy and not the nicest smelling, bit it did work. Flare ups don't last long (in fact haven't had one for months) and I only use it when the skin is bad.

I use an aloe vera and bee propolis cream the rest of the time to keep my hands super soft! Night time is the best time for lathering creams on as that's when the body rejuvenates itself and you don't wash it off.

HTH

Re: Really itchy dry hands - advice?

PostPosted: 16 Jan 2016, 12:21
by Ali70
I get that occasionally on the side of my thumb and forefinger. I've never worked out what triggers it, but it happens man re often since I had Sproglet. When it flares up I use Lansinoh nipple cream (basically Lanolin)that I have left over from when I was breastfeeding. I find that really helps sooth it and heal more quickly.

Re: Really itchy dry hands - advice?

PostPosted: 16 Jan 2016, 21:13
by Lily
I have had dyshidrotic eczema on my hands since my early teens. It has better and worse phases, but the only time it's completely cleared up was when I was pregnant with Iz. The only thing that makes even the faintest impact on it is steroids, which I try to use only minimally while breastfeeding. Slathering on a heavy-duty emollient at bedtime and wearing cotton gloves overnight can help a little, but I find that having hot hands makes it hard to sleep.

However, several factors do make it worse and are worth avoiding if you can: detergents, including washing up liquid; prolonged wetness (eg bathing your kids); frequent hand-washing (eg when cleaning up after your kids); soap and any products containing SLS; sweatiness (eg when wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands from detergents). Cold and central heating also make it much worse. My knuckles are currently all splitting and bleeding, and most of my fingers are borderline infected. Can you tell I'm resentful much?

Re: Really itchy dry hands - advice?

PostPosted: 16 Jan 2016, 21:50
by LucyLastic
That is exactly what I fear, Lily. I'm pretty sure it's what my Mum had - everything you have described sounds right, although she called it her 'stupid skin'. She couldn't wear any make-up or perfume and had real trouble finding soap, deodorant, etc that didn't irritate her. I remember she used to bandage up her hands at night so that she couldn't scratch them until they bled. I am developing so many of my Mum's 'complaints' the older I get, so I wouldn't be surprised, but I was really hoping the 'stupid skin' might pass me by. I do seem to recall hers eventually got better once she'd had the menopause :-S It's so annoying, it just appeared out of nowhere.

Re: Really itchy dry hands - advice?

PostPosted: 17 Jan 2016, 13:36
by Lily
Sorry LL, I didn't mean to scare you! If you've avoided it till now, it's unlikely to get very severe; in chronic cases like mine, and your mum's by the sound of it, it's hormonal so it lasts from puberty to menopause. And my skin is totally dysfunctional in all sorts of exciting ways - various other eczemas, psoriasis, keratosis - which means I'm very limited in what creams I can use. With a bit of luck you'll find a good fix for yours. Dermalex is a good OTC moisturiser which I've found works better than most other alternatives to steroids.

Re: Really itchy dry hands - advice?

PostPosted: 17 Jan 2016, 14:22
by LucyLastic
I think Mum's may have been triggered by the pill and Clomid in the '70s - she had all kinds of hormonal issues throughout her life. My hands aren't so bad today, not as itchy or peeling, but I can see red 'patches' under the surface. Strange. I'll keep my eyes open for Dermalex and keep on slathering on the Aveeno and E45 in the meantime.

Re: Really itchy dry hands - advice?

PostPosted: 12 Feb 2016, 05:19
by maiamueller
I also suffer from this generally in summer.Please help me .