HOW TO PREVENT AND TREAT HAND RASHES
Updated: Jun 1, 2020
Hand rashes can be frustrating, especially when the cause of your rash is unknown. To help prevent a hand rash, at Chicago Skin Clinic we recommend these tips.
Is the skin on your hands dry, thick, and scaly? Do you have deep, painful cracks on your hands that bleed? You may have more than dry skin. Hand eczema could be the culprit.
Hand eczema can cause the following:
Dry, chapped skin (often the first sign)
Patches of red (or dark brown) irritated skin
Scaly and inflamed skin that may itch
Deep, painful cracks
Bleeding or weeping skin
Crusts, pus, and pain
Relief requires finding the cause
Effective treatment begins with finding the cause. Anything that irritates your skin can cause hand eczema. Even something as harmless as water can irritate your skin if you often have wet hands. Many people who frequently have wet hands throughout the day, such as nurses, hair stylists, and plumbers get hand eczema.
Working with chemicals like solvents, detergents, or cement also increases the risk. Hand eczema is common among construction workers and machinists.
Hand eczema can also be caused by an allergic reaction. Some health care workers get hand eczema from wearing latex gloves. You also have a higher risk of developing hand eczema if you had atopic dermatitis (often called eczema) as a child.
Because so many things can cause hand eczema, finding the cause can be tricky. Until you find the cause and avoid it, hand eczema can worsen. That’s why it can help to be seen by on of our dermatologist. Our doctors have the expertise needed to track down the cause.
When to see our dermatologist
If you have extremely dry, painful hands and using moisturizer throughout the day fails to bring relief, you may have hand eczema. Without treatment and preventive measures, hand eczema tends to worsen.