Hand eczema Symptoms and Types

Hand eczema or hand dermatitis is a condition that affects ten percent of the eczema sufferers. The causes of hand eczema can be internal, which means genetic makeup as well as external contact with allergens and irritants like chemicals. One can get hand eczema though chemicals when one does jobs involving wiping dust, cleaning catering, healthcare, mechanical work etc. You do not have to worry about hand eczema being contagious but it can definitely have an impact on a person’s social life and self-esteem.

Hand eczema symptoms: Hand Eczema is present on the back of the hands, palms and fingers. It may start as a mild itch and then become severe and persistent. What is initially dry and itchy becomes fluid filled blisters. People who have hand eczema have complained of symptoms like crack and swollen skin, leading to bacterial infection like crusting, pustules and pain.

Types of Hand Eczema
There are four main types of hand eczema:
1. Allergic contact eczema: Allergic reaction to repeatedly being exposed to a particulat thing. The reason is usually genetic and does not happen quickly, but over a period of time. Some of the examples of contracting hand eczema through allergic contact includes exposure to substances like latex in gloves, hair dye, nickel and custom jewelry.
2. . Irritant contact eczema: Caused by repeated exposure to irritant chemicals like cement, oil, certain soaps and shampoos. This kind of eczema usually affects the back of the hands and is job-prone. For instance, nurses, hairdresses and recently turned moms may usually work with cleansing agents that cause hand eczema. The permanent thing to treat this kind of irritant contact hand eczema is to change the nature of the job, especially when it cannot be fully cured.
3. Atopic eczema: Mainly genetic, people with atopic eczema have asthma and hayfever. This is common in children and the symptoms incude redness of the skin, itching and pain.
4. Pompholyx eczema; This is a type of hand eczema that affects women, ‘pomholyx’ means bubble. The reason for the breakout of Pompholyx eczema is not known but it happens in the form of itchy small blisters. The eczema may come and go and it is difficult tyo treat it fully. Some of the symptoms include thick scaly skin and swelling.

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