Hand rashes due to hand eczema is extremely common. Many people start with dry, inflamed, and chapped hands. Further irritation to the skin may occur due to over exposure to soaps, detergents, cleaning agents or chemicals. Some people have a greater tendency to develop hand rashes. They usually have a history of eczema, hay fever or asthma. Others develop hand rashes due to allergies to substances they come into contact with.
Your dermatologist will work with you to uncover and identify the possible causes of your hand rash.
TREATMENT & CARE FOR HAND RASHES
- Hand protection - Protect your hands against soaps, cleansers and other chemicals by wearing gloves. Reduce the frequency of wet work and washing hands. Avoid hand washing dishes or clothes if possible.
- If the type of work you do is affecting your hands, talk to your employer about ways you can better protect your skin.
- Gentle cleansers and moisturisers - use regularly to improve skin barrier and prevent flares.
- Topical steroids, sometimes combined with antibiotics, can be used under medical supervision for treatment.
- In severe cases, oral antibiotics, oral steroids, phototherapy or oral anti- inflammatory medicines may be required.
Hand rashes can be stubborn to treat with intermittent flares. It is important to keep up with your medication. Stay in contact with your dermatologist and do not get discouraged.