This type of eczema makes your skin react to something it touches. It could be the dye in your soap, a metal watch strap, rubber gloves, copper piping, or even poison ivy. It can happen if you’ve had no problems in the past. Your skin may be cracked, stiff, red, and swollen, with fluid-filled blisters. Your doctor will suggest medicated creams like cortisone, allergy drugs like antihistamines, or oatmeal baths to relieve itching.