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How can I treat eczema on my hand?

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If a flare-up makes the skin on your hands crack and bleed, try the “soak and smear” technique. Here's how it's done:

  • Soak your hands in lukewarm water for 5-10 minutes and then pat them dry.
  • Next, smear plain petroleum-based ointment all over your hands and put on cotton gloves. Glycerin-based ointments also help heal dry, cracked skin.
  • Wear the gloves for at least 30 minutes. Do this twice a day. If it’s hard to do at work, make sure you moisturize often.

SOURCES:

Sejal Shah, MD, dermatologist, Schweiger Dermatology, New York City.

Robert Anolik, MD, dermatologist, Laser & Skin Surgery Center, New York City, and medical director for Beauty Bar.

EczemaNet: “Daily Skin Care Essential to Control Atopic Dermatitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 2, 2020

SOURCES:

Sejal Shah, MD, dermatologist, Schweiger Dermatology, New York City.

Robert Anolik, MD, dermatologist, Laser & Skin Surgery Center, New York City, and medical director for Beauty Bar.

EczemaNet: “Daily Skin Care Essential to Control Atopic Dermatitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 2, 2020

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