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15 Simple but Effective Tips to Avoid the Outbreaks of Dyshidrotic Eczema

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Dyshidrotic dermatitis is a condition in which small blisters develop on the hands and feet.

The word dyshidrotic means bad sweating. Historically, the condition derived that name because people believed that bad sweating was the cause behind it. This is not proven scientifically but the condition retained its name.

As it is associated with allergies, the blisters are more common in spring. The blisters usually last for around three weeks’ time. The blisters are full of fluid and are very itchy and even painful. According to the National Institute of Health, scratching only worsens the condition.

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Your doctor can diagnose your condition by examining your skin. In order to find out the possibility of skin infection, it may be necessary to carry out some skin allergy tests. Depending on the condition, the doctor may also advise biopsy which involves a small patch of skin to be tested in the laboratory.

If you suffer fever or see tenderness and signs of infection, call your doctor to discuss possible course of action.


It is very itchy and naturally the sufferer tends to scratch, but scratching makes it even worse. It is, therefore, very important to take some measures to avoid scratching it as much as possible.

Taking anti-itch medicines is a great help to reduce itching, especially during sleep. If you find yourself scratching during sleep, take the anti-itch medication before going to bed.

If you see your doctor, they may advise using the following.

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Heavy creams or lotions
  • Mineral Oil
  • Steroids or corticosteroid ointments.

In case of severe outbreak, your doctor may also go for ultra violet therapy, steroid pills, coal tar preparations etc.

Other Names for Dyshidrotic Eczema
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It is also known by some other names such as:

  • Acute Vesiculobullous hand eczema
  • Cheiropompholyx
  • Dyshidrotic dermatitis
  • Pompholyx
  • Podopompholyx

Which Parts of the Body Does it Affect

The most commonly affected areas are:

  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Fingers
  • Thumbs
  • Palms
  • Toes
  • Soles
  • Heels

Who is at Risk?

It affects people of almost all ages especially after 10. The number of cases reported in women is twice than those in men.


According to the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health, the exact causes of dyshidrotic eczema is unknown. The blisters are itchy and the number of women suffering is twice than the number of men.

Following are the some of the factors responsible for the development of the condition.

  • Stress
  • Allergies such as hay fever
  • Consistently wet or moist hands
  • People doing cement work which exposes their hands to chromium, cobalt and nickel.

According to a study conducted by University Medical Center Groningen, outbreaks of dyshidrotic eczema increased significantly among those allergic to house dusts mites. Inhalation of house dust mites allergen thus increases the outbreaks.


According to Mayo Clinic, the blisters associated with the dyshidrotic eczema occur mostly around the sides of the fingers and palms. The blisters, however, can also affect the tips of the fingers, toes and soles of the feet. The blisters are usually small in size and appear in clusters.

The blisters are full of fluid and are itchy. After the treatment the skin may become scaly and flaky.

In severe cases the blisters may merge together and form big blisters on the affected areas.

Precautionary Measures to Avoid Flare ups

  1. Avoid detergents and soaps that contain chemicals. As it is an allergic reaction, soaps and detergents worsen the condition.
  2. Wash your hands but no too frequent. Keep your hand dry after washing. Use soft and clean towels to wipe the water off after washing.
  3. Avoid contact with metals such as nickel.
  4. Wear protective gloves for washing, cement work, garden work etc.
  5. Adding a spoon or two of apple cider vinegar into water and then washing your hands with may heal the problem. Some people have reported success with the use of apple cider vinegar.

Home Remedies

The following home remedy seem to work.  It may take around a week to see results. Complete recovery will take much longer. It is important to mention here that this remedy is only for education and information purposes and is in no way a substitute to your professional medical treatment.

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How to Use the Remedy?

  1. Mix four table spoons of olive oil with one tea spoon of jojoba oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil. Apply the oil mix every time you wash your hands.
  2. Take one tablet of omega 3, 6 & 9 on a daily basis.
  3. Mix one table spoon of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it thrice a day.
  4. Eat a teaspoon of flax seed oil. Alternatively, take one capsule a day.
  5. Mix apple cider vinegar and water in equal amount and soak your hands twice a day.

15 Simple but Effective Tips to Avoid the Outbreaks of Dyshidrotic Eczema

1. Do not ignore personal hygiene. After using the toilet, use lukewarm water to wash your hands

2. Do not use detergents and soaps that contain chemicals

3. Do not use waterless cleansers as they contain alcohol, solvents or some other ingredients which may make things worse.

4. Take some oral antihistamines to relieve itching. Over the counter anti-allergic pills may also help.

5. Keep your hands moisturised with natural oil such as olive or jojoba oils

6. Soak your hands three times a day in an organic apple cider vinegar with mother in it.

7. Soak them in baking soda solution 15 minutes a day.

8. Keep your hands dry and avoid any unnecessary washes.

9. Wear several layer of protective cotton gloves for your day today’s tasks.

10. If you need to shampoo your hair, wear protective gloves or ask someone else to help you shampoo your hair.

11. Best not to wear jewellery such as rings and bangles etc. during outbreaks. If you do wear them, keep them clean and make sure you dry the area under them.

12. Use washing machines for laundry and dish washers for dishes. If not possible protect your hands from coming in contact with water and detergents.

13. For gardening and other outdoor work, use think fabric or unlined leather gloves to protect your hands.

14. Keep your work wear clean to avoid irritants coming in contact with your hands.

15. Keep your treatment lotions or cream with you so you they are handy when you need them.


Anthony Says:

Avoid all commercial lotions, soaps, creams, hand washing liquid, shampoos and even the so called natural products. I (with a disclaimer) would hate to use the stuff recommended by the dermatologists.

The so called sensitive skin creams do not work, rather they make the condition worse. Wash your hand under the tap with slightly warm water. Use jojoba oil afterwards.

If I would go for any commercial product, then it would be a reputable homeopathic skin lotion. I tried it some in the past and they work wonders. No side effects it all.

Shawn Says:

Beware of the apple cider vinegar treatment. For lesions and blister on hands it makes it worse. I read on a blog to soak my hands in it for a few minutes. It was horrible. It was so inflammatory, itching and burning. It definitely made my condition worse. This article mentions to mix two spoons in water. I do not think so much dilute is too going to have any effect.
I went back to my steroid cream treatment which is a relief, at least, temporarily.
I have not tried any homeopathic cream but, yes, I will definitely try something like that.

Ric Says:

Have you tried drinking ACV? I do not have blisters, but I have been drinking it for the last few months with a glass of water. My skin looks more smooth, fresh and healthy. I know it takes quite long to get some results.

Billy Says:

I used cortisone for a weak, but it did not do anything. I also tried jojoba oil, olive oil, Egyptian magic and some other commercially called natural products. None of these helps. Petroleum jelly and Vaseline helps temporarily as they keep the skin very well moisturised. They prevent the skin from cracks, flakes and dryness.

Sneaky Peaky Says:

Do not forget to change your diet. If your body is acidic, you may need to alkaline it by bringing about changes in your diet. Avoid sugar, wheat, rice, wine, coffee and any other acidic food.

Apple cider vinegar make the body alkaline.

Emily Says:

The problem with homeopathic medicine is that they work under a complex system of strength and dosage. If you buy online you are not sure which potency (they call it X, I think) you should go for. A slight X above or below can make the strength higher or lower which in both cases makes the condition worse.

So you have to locate a reputable homeopath and trust me they are not inexpensive. It may require you a few visits which may cost you a lot.

Jacob Says:

Some homeopathic products are general and they can be used by anyone without worrying about the potency and strength. I use products and they are great. Their product for eczema is amazing. Yes, it is simply amazing and worth a try. Click here to see more information about H-eczema.

Angela Says:

Soaking your hands in solution of baking soda also helps. Mix some baking soda with water and soak your hands for 15 minutes twice a day. Initially, it hurts but then it works.

Roger Says:

Hi Folks,

How do you drink acv. It horribly stinks. I even hold my nose and stop my breath, yet I feel sick. Yikes!

  • julie

    Thanks this has been a great help ! i soaked my hands in 1/2 organic apple cider vinegar and 1/2 water it did really help the itching and the bursts. also i drink OACV, one TBLSP in a glass of water morning and night. But mostly I found that covering my hands with thick layer of clay ( made a thick paste from powder clay) helped A LOT reducing the blisters and itching, just after doing it once. to moisturize I use organic virgin coconut oil then cover my hand for the night …Hope this can help some of you 😉

  • Sophie Docherty

    Hello there,

    I came across your story while researching dyshidrotic eczema in infants for a Channel 4 programme I’m working on called ‘Superfoods’. I’m currently chatting to someone who is researching the use of dandelions as a potential treatment for this particular type of eczema and was wondering if this is something you have come across when treating the condition?

    • Adam Ant

      You can buy Dandelion Tea on Amazon, basically it is a type of Liver cleanse. The most amazing product I have found that works great is Activated Charcoal pills from Swanson. Take 2 of these pills a day with lots of water and you can actually see the parasites it flushes from your body. (sorry for being so graphic). Eczema is a product of a bad diet and a build up of many toxins in your body. That’s my best educated guess at this point.I think it is a fungus that is flared up with sugar consumption and bad dieting practices. Once I regulated the diet (omitted sugar) and rid toxins,( 2 charcoal pills daily) the flare ups vanished. It takes a couple of weeks to get your body back to acting normal. So don’t think this happens overnight. In the mean time, you can also soak a cotton ball in ACV and place Band aids over the cotton ball on the areas that flare up It stops the insane itchy feeling and helps a lot. This is not Medical advice just personal experience.

  • Ani Amirian

    I tried making myself relax and not over thinking or making myself upset about things and that works . Also I recently started using St. John’s wort oil on the blisters. It looks like it’s going to work .

  • Ani Amirian

    Also I have to mention that I am not scratching it that much. And I stopped the use of steroid cream the first year. I don’t use anything on it. This is my 4th year and I am using St. John’s wort oil on it for comfort and healing.

  • Ani Amirian

    P.S. The first year I had it on my hands and feet and it was bad. After that I only had it on my feet.

  • PeachyCoolArrow

    Interesting article, but riddled with typos and errors! Someone published this without re-reading it.
    “The blisters are itchy and the number of women suffering is twice than the number of women.”
    “Apply the oil mix every time you wash your wants.”

    • Holly

      Agreed, also:
      6. Soak your hands three times a day in an organic apple cider vinegar with mother in it.

      • Kristy

        the apple cider vinegar HAS an ingredient in it called ‘mother’ – this isn’t a typo.

      • Christy

        The mother is actually some of the culture used to make it.

  • Angel Bear

    I recommend tea tree oil. It works wonders. Tea tree oil is a local antiseptic. I even keep it in my medicine cabinet and use it for various things. I normally dilute it with 2 tbsp of water and about 6 drops of tea tree oil and then i take a cotton ball or swab, dip it into the solution, and then i apply it to the affected area. It got noticeably better in just a few days.

  • M. Hammered

    There are two different ways to use the ACV. I personally take a shot glass and put the ACV in it and chase it with a squirt of lemon.( Kinda like a shot of Tequila). Make sure you toss it as far back in your mouth as you can. (don’t do this on an empty stomach) The other more mild way I have found to drink this horrible drink is to mix a couple of tablespoons ACV into an 8 ounce glass of water with some lemon juice and 1-2 Tablespoons of cinnamon. (add honey if you want) I can literally sip on this cold drink and it tastes good. The only draw back is the flakes of cinnamon, they kind of settle to the bottom. But it makes the drink taste good. so… Good luck. The more you drink this, the easier it becomes. It is an amazing health benefit for many things.

    • Christy

      Add some a tsp or 2 of beef gelatin to the ACV, cinnamon and lemon mix until completely combined. Then add hot water to it slowly while mixing and the 3 ingredients cover up the taste of the gelatin and while it makes it blend together better and the cinnamon doesn’t separate as much.

    • Adam Ant

      I found a new way to take the ACV without the harsh burn. I take 2 TABLESPOONS of ACV and mix it with 1/4th TEASPOON baking soda in a bottle with a lid shake it good. Add a little water to it and shake it again. Wait for the foaming to stop. Drink it down chasing it with some water and then follow the water with one of those little green Listerine mouth fresh tabs. The results are AMAZING!!! No burn and it kills the harsh acid taste too.

  • PankaAndrea

    I have really bad eczema on the back of my knees and foderma serum really seems to help. Its not thick and rubs nicely into the skin. If you have eczema its worth it to give it a try. You will be hooked.

  • Haley Rock

    I have been struggling with this for months now. I have read so often it could last for 3 weeks, it’s been more than 3 months for me. I am a constant knit/crocheter, I do it for work but I’m beginning to think I need to take a break to clear it up. Please no! This is my first time ever having a break out of it. I use steroid cream for two weeks and it cleared up but just returned with a vengence!

  • Sharon Dadron

    Potassium Permanganate. It makes your feet purple but works great if you suffer with it under your toes both as a treatment and preventative.

  • Kacie

    My husband bought foderma serum for me to help with an eczema outbreak. The prescription strength steroid cream was not working and in fact my condition was worsening. I applied foderma serum to the infected area twice a day and one week later there was no sign of eczema!!

  • Alexander

    Ive had this symptom for about 20 years and during the last 10 years I found a way to control it. I control it by my daily workout called climbing. When I climb I use a lot of chalk on my hands. As long as I climb at least two times a week I don’t get any symptoms. As Ive been on a three weeks vacations without climbing I get a really bad outbreak! So I’ve decided to find out what I can do on make breaks from climbing i.e when on vacation…interesting you mention that it is important to alkaline the body…I guess chalk is very alkaline and that is the reason why it works! now I just need to tear of all the skin with blisters to reset the skin and apply chalk again…hope this helps someone. climbing is also a really good hobby and sport.

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