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How can I control blisters from dyshidrotic eczema at home?

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This skin condition can cause small, itchy blisters, most often on the palms of your hand. To control the blisters at home:

  • Wash your hands and feet every day. Use lukewarm water and a mild, scent-free soap. Pat your skin dry gently.
  • Take your rings off before you wash your hands. Moisture can get trapped under your rings and cause more blisters.
  • Wear gloves with cotton liners whenever your hands are in water, like when you wash dishes.
  • Put a thick moisturizer on your hands and feet every time you shower or wash. Rub it on while your skin is still wet to seal in water. You also might use a cream that has dimethicone to protect your skin.
  • Turn on a humidifier in dry weather to keep your skin from cracking.
  • If allergies set off your eczema, try to stay away from things that trigger them.
  • Don't scratch the blisters -- you'll make them worse.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dyshidrotic eczema."  

National Eczema Association: "Favorite earrings got you feeling irritated?"

Mayo Clinic: "Dyshidrosis: Symptoms and Causes," "Dyshidrosis: Treatment."

Medscape: "Dyshidrotic Eczema."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 29, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dyshidrotic eczema."  

National Eczema Association: "Favorite earrings got you feeling irritated?"

Mayo Clinic: "Dyshidrosis: Symptoms and Causes," "Dyshidrosis: Treatment."

Medscape: "Dyshidrotic Eczema."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 29, 2019

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