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Eczema on Arms and Hands: A Guide to Mitigating Eczema

Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) affects millions of people in the United States.

Generally beginning in childhood, eczema is a life-long chronic condition in which the skin’s barrier becomes inflamed. The inflammation appears on the surface of the skin as red, itchy bumps and flaky, dry skin. Certain types of eczema appear mainly on the hands and arms.

Continue reading to learn how to get rid of eczema on arms and hands.

Why Does Eczema Appear on Your Hands and Arms?

There are a few types of eczema where the symptoms appear on the hands and arms. This usually stems from direct contact with harsh substances. It can also appear as a result of genetics or stress.

If you suffer from another type of atopic dermatitis, you might also develop one of the following types of eczema.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic Contact Dermatitis generally occurs due to an allergic reaction or sensitivity to an environmental substance. Once the immune system determines the substance to be harmful to the body, the skin reacts. The reaction can get worse with every subsequent exposure.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Irritant Contact Dermatitis often occurs after coming into contact with harsh chemicals, including irritants such as dust or cleaning agents. It generally develops in those who had a history of eczema in their childhood.

Pompholyx Eczema/Dermatitis

Pompholyx Eczema (or Dyshidrotic Eczema/Dermatitis) is a type of eczema where itchy blisters appear on the outsides of the fingers, the palms, and even the soles of the feet. The sudden onset of this condition is generally the result of stress, sweating, or even metal sensitivities.

How Do You Get Relief from Eczema?

Because it is a chronic health condition, you might struggle with the symptoms of eczema your entire life. Treatment for eczema is a way to alleviate the symptoms while the flare-up runs its course.

Your dermatologist might prescribe topical corticosteroids (such as ointments and creams) to help you find relief from the itchy discomfort of eczema. There are also hydrocortisone creams and allergy medications you can take to lessen the symptoms of itching. Cold compresses or cold water can help to reduce swelling related to eczema symptoms.

Other treatment options, like UVB light therapy, may also help to lessen the symptoms of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.

Avoiding your triggers is the best course of action to prevent eczema on your arms and hands. If you have to handle harsh chemicals, always use gloves. Wash your hands and arms with lukewarm water and mild soaps, especially after touching potential triggers.

How to Get Rid of Eczema on Arms and Hands

Learning how to get rid of eczema on arms and hands may seem like a series of trial and error. The treatment that works best for one person might not work for another. A dermatologist will be able to examine your skin to come up with a treatment plan that works best for you.

Contact the Dermatology Group today to make an appointment with a dermatologist. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding eczema and the treatment options available.

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