Dyshidrosis is a skin condition that causes small, fluid-filled blisters to form on the palms of the hands and sides of the fingers. Sometimes the bottoms of the feet are affected too. The blisters that occur in dyshidrosis generally last around three weeks and cause intense itching (although doesn't always itch!) Also, it seams to also put your skin cell production in overdrive! Hello pumice stone!
Once the blisters of dyshidrosis dry, your skin may appear scaly. The blisters typically recur, sometimes before your skin heals completely from the previous blisters.
Treatment for dyshidrosis most often includes creams or ointments that you rub on the affected skin. In severe cases, your doctor may suggest corticosteroid pills, such as prednisone, or injections. Dyshidrosis is also called dyshidrotic eczema and pompholyx.
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Although there is currently no known cure to this super annoying and unsightly condition, I have (after years of trial and error!) been able to formulate a cream that has come pretty close! I still notice a small bit on my feet in the summertime months, but nothing like it was. For the most part we have parted ways and after years of it consuming me I hardly ever even think about it. I think if I stopped using it it might come back..but I'm not going there. I use it every night after I get out of the shower. First I use my foot scrubber in the shower to get all of the excess skin off, dry my feet well, and massage the cream into my feet.
You can purchase my Dyshidrosis Cream on my website or make it yourself at home. I will post the ingredients and instructions on my site.
The blisters associated with dyshidrosis occur most commonly on the sides of the fingers and the palms. Sometimes the soles of the feet also can be affected. The blisters are usually small — about the width of a standard pencil lead — and grouped in clusters, with an appearance similar to tapioca.
In more-severe cases, the small blisters may merge to form larger blisters. Skin affected by dyshidrosis can be painful and very itchy (although remember, not always itchy!). The blisters dry and flake off in about three weeks.
Dyshidrosis tends to recur fairly regularly for months or years. With flareups common in the warmer months.
The exact cause of dyshidrosis isn't known. It can be associated with a similar skin disorder called atopic dermatitis (eczema), as well as with allergic conditions, such as hay fever. Eruptions may be seasonal in people with nasal allergies.
Risk factors for dyshidrosis include:
- Stress. Dyshidrosis appears to be more common during times of emotional or physical stress.
- Exposure to certain metals. These include cobalt and nickel — usually in an industrial setting.
- Sensitive skin. People who develop a rash after contact with certain irritants are more likely to experience dyshidrosis.
- Atopic dermatitis. Some people with atopic dermatitis may develop dyshidrotic eczema.
For most people with dyshidrosis, it's just an uncomfortable inconvenience. For others, the pain and itching may limit the use of their hands or feet. Intense scratching (or popping blisters) can increase the risk of a bacterial infection developing in the affected skin.
Because the cause of dyshidrosis is generally unknown, there's no proven way to prevent this condition. You may help prevent the condition by managing stress and avoiding exposure to metal salts, such as cobalt and nickel.
Good skin care practices may help protect the skin as well. These include:
- Using mild cleansers and lukewarm water to wash your hands and drying your hands well
- Moisturizing regularly
- Wearing gloves
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