Is hand eczema embarrassing? Yes, for most people it is. Some people may not be bothered too much about the socially embarrassing aspect and are mainly concerned with the itching part. There are many others who would hate to see their hands appear dry, ugly and flaky. One may feel embarrassed at social gatherings, work, and meeting or just out there.
If you see bubble with fluid in your hands, you most probably suffer from dyshidrotic eczema.
According to National Eczema Association, hand dermatitis is quite common and it affects around 10 % of the population.
Hand Eczema can be internal due to genetic causes. It can also be external i.e. caused by contact with some external irritants. The National Eczema Association mention certain jobs that involve constant contact with chemicals, and hence, people working in these professions are the most vulnerable people to the condition. These professions, among others, include;
- Mechanical Work
- Garden Work
- Brick Laying
According to dermatologists, it is water and natural oil imbalance that causes your hands to be so dry. If you wash your hands more frequently, there is a possibility that you will lose the oil in your skin and retain water excessively. This imbalance causes your hands to be dry, itchy and flaky.
10 Ways to Combat Eczema on Your Hands
1. Use Natural Moisturiser
We need to wash our hands several times a day. This may cause the water oil imbalance resulting in dry and itchy hands. To restore the balance, moisturise your hands with some natural moisturiser after each wash. Extra virgin olive oil is regarded to be one of the best moisturisers. It is safe, natural and very effective.
2. Avoid Sugary Foods
Bring about healthy changes in your diet by eliminating sugar food. Replace your sugar snack with fresh fruit and vegetables. By taking more fresh fruit and vegetable, the skin will stays fresher’s and healthy. Additionally, you will get many other amazing health benefits.
3. Avoid Exposure to Chemicals
Wear your protective gloves while washing dishes, working in the garden, doing paint work or any other activity that keeps your hands in contact with chemicals.
4. Do Not Use Detergents and Soaps
Avoid using soaps and detergents that contains harsh irritants. You may use an herbal and natural product or just wash your hands for 20 seconds without any soap or washing liquids. Make sure you lubricate your hands after washing with some natural moisturiser.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Soak
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits. It is also known as an effective treatment for several skin conditions including eczema. Dip your hands in the solution for around 15 minutes. Repeat it thrice a day.
If you have blisters and find the ACV solution burning, mix it with water.
You will need buy the organic brand of ACV as the one in the sold in the super markets is no good. As far as I know, the best brand I have ever come across is Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother in it.
6. Homeopathic Solutions
The problem with cortisol and other topical treatment is that it contains substances which may damage the skin. This, in turn, may cause even more embarrassment rather than saving you from it.
Homeopathic medicines, on the other hand, are believed to be safe with no side effects. According to the Readers Digest, 75 percent people reported homeopathic treatments to be effective.
Supporters of homeopathy also advocate that it roots out the very cause of the illness thereby eliminating the chance of recurring.
7. Put Your Hands in Natural Yogurt
Some people find this method working. Make sure that the yogurt is natural and unflavoured.
8. Oatmeal and Chamomile Bath
Put some chamomile flowers in boiled water for 10 minutes and add some ground oatmeal. Place your hands in the mixture from 10 to 15 minutes.
8. Use Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera has the ability to treat a variety of skin conditions such as dryness, itchiness, inflammation and eczema. The skin absorbs the gel leaving a cooling and soothing effect behind.
9. Natural Oil Solutions
Mix two table spoon of extra virgin organic cold pressed olive oil with 2 drops of tea tree oil. Add powder of one capsule of vitamin E. Apply this natural solution to the affected areas. Continue for two weeks.
10. Olive Oil and Coconut Oil
Jethro Kloss in his classic book, Back to Eden, states that a mixture of coconut oil and olive in the same amount heals dry skin conditions. Apply the solutions three times a day or after each wash.