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What should I do if eczema affects my work?

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A daily routine is one of the best ways to keep eczema at bay. That can also make getting your job done easier.

  • When you wash your hands, use lukewarm water instead of hot, and only use fragrance-free cleansers.
  • After hand washing, blot your hands dry (instead of scrubbing with a towel or using a heated dryer), and put moisturizer on right after.
  • Bring your moisturizer and your eczema medication with you to work.

If your eczema is interfering with your work -- or any other part of your life -- see a dermatologist, a doctor who focuses on skin. She can help you find ways to prevent flare-ups and get the treatment you need.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry, Scaly, and Painful Hands Could Be Eczema."

Annales De Dermatologie Et De Venereologie: "Hand Eczema: Disability and Impact."

JAMA Dermatology: "Health Care Utilization, Patient Costs, and Access to Care in US Adults with Eczema."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Talking to Others About Your Disease."

National Eczema Association: "Understanding Hand Eczema."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry, Scaly, and Painful Hands Could Be Eczema."

Annales De Dermatologie Et De Venereologie: "Hand Eczema: Disability and Impact."

JAMA Dermatology: "Health Care Utilization, Patient Costs, and Access to Care in US Adults with Eczema."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Talking to Others About Your Disease."

National Eczema Association: "Understanding Hand Eczema."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 20, 2019

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