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What treatment is available for dyshidrotic eczema?

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This skin condition can cause small, itchy blisters, most often on the palms of your hand. Your doctor can prescribe an ointment or cream with a steroid in it to bring down swelling and help get rid of the blisters. If you have a severe flare-up, you might need to take a steroid drug, like prednisone, in a pill.

An antihistamine can help with the itch, too. You can also try holding a cold, wet compress on the blisters for 15 minutes at a time several times a day. Other options include:

  • Light therapy: This uses ultraviolet (UV) light to clear up your skin.
  • Botulinum toxin: These shots stop your hands and feet from sweating, which can trigger the blisters.
  • Medicines that slow down your immune system. They can be a good choice if you don't want to take steroids.
  • Draining the blisters: Your dermatologist can drain fluid from the blisters. Don't try to do this yourself. You could make the eczema 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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