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It’s that time of year for hand eczema flare-ups!

Two things flare my hand eczema the most – dry, cold weather and frequent handwashing. With it being flu/cold season, I wash my hands more often, which dries them out and the soap becomes irritating.

So I now have a Vanicream pump right next to the sink I use most often so that after handwashing, I can lather up instantly.

If you have any other tips, please share ~

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  • Katie D

    My hands are really bad as well.  Time of year and having a baby, I am also doing a lot of handwashing.  I also tend to get eczema from stress which seems to make them worse. So trying to manage my stress is also important.  

    When they get really bad I wear cotton gloves.  When I worked in a hospital I used to have to do that all the time.  I would coat my hands with a heavy cream and wear cotton gloves.  It was slightly embarrassing but there were only so many band-aids that I could wear to cover up the cracks and cuts and wanted to avoid infection or illness getting in and also for comfort.

    I have also done wet dressings at night, but it's hard to do that during the day when I need the use of my hands.Would love to hear some other tips as well!

  • K8sMom2002

    My sister's hands would get so bad when she was a teen that she would wear a thick moisturizer or Vaseline and cotton gloves to bed at night. I did that when DD was little when her hands would get really bad. 

    Stress (mental and physical) after surgery has given DD a lovely (not) case of eczema on her face and hands this week. We are resorting to an oldie but goody that worked for us when she was little — in addition to everything else, we're using Vaseline on the trouble spots, as recommended by her doctor. 

  • tlb2002

    I don't have any tips at the moment. I'm just here to say, "Me too!" Nothing I am doing is working right now. Cold weather isn't an issue but we have had an ant problem since the hurricane so am being super diligent about not allowing dirty dishes to spend any time in the sink. That means a lot of handwashing dishes. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, Tanya … could you invest in a pair of gloves for dishwashing? I found some latex free dish gloves that I bought for cleanup … it really does help when I have to have my hands in water or DD has to have her hands in water. 

  • MonicaW6

    @K8sMom2002, My son has very bad eczema on the top of his feet, ankles and the back of his knees.  His physician also told him to add a layer of Vaseline which to my surprise has made a difference.  He still needs to see a dermatologist but in the meantime it works. 

  • Jen

    It is getting to be that time of year here, too.  The weather has turned just cold enough that exposure to the outdoor air seems to be making our hands dry.  It's not quite to this point yet, but once temps are only in the 50s or so,  I make a point of wearing gloves when I'm outside. Even if my hands aren't all that cold, it helps protect them against the drying effects from the wind.  I also need to remember to stock up on hand cream.  I like the idea of putting one right next to each soap dispenser.

    DD2 had some eczema flares on her wrists/hands a month or so ago.  Of course, ever since her dermatologist visit a couple weeks ago, she has had no flares. But…if it happens again, she has a prescription ointment to use.  In the meantime,I hope she will keep up with using hand cream to try to avoid the flares.  One tip the dermatologist recommended was to use cold/lukewarm water for handwashing.  The hot water can dry out your skin more easily.

  • tlb2002
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Hugs, Tanya … could you invest in a pair of gloves for dishwashing? I found some latex free dish gloves that I bought for cleanup … it really does help when I have to have my hands in water or DD has to have her hands in water. 

    I need to get some. I often wash a dish or two at a time, so I don't think to put gloves on. But I need to make a point to do so. 

    I've been putting a little extra effort into keeping them moisturized and we have eaten out a couple of nights this week, so fewer dishes, yay! It has helped quite a bit. 

  • Carrottop50
    MonicaW6 posted:

    @K8sMom2002, My son has very bad eczema on the top of his feet, ankles and the back of his knees.  His physician also told him to add a layer of Vaseline which to my surprise has made a difference.  He still needs to see a dermatologist but in the meantime it works. 

    I'm in Az. And have eczema on my hands and my doctor gave me a cream called Clobetasol. He also said to not wash my hands as much and to use a mild soap. Because this time of year there are colds and Flu, I use antibacterial liquid soap that is harsh on the skin and I have sensitive skin to begin with. I also wash dishes by hand and I'm allergic to latex, so it's good to hear that they do make latex free gloves. I only used the cream from the doctor twice and it was all gone! So maybe some of you can ask your doctor about it and get it.

  • MonicaW6

    @Carrottop50, thank you so much for sharing your story.  I am hopeful that the dermatologist can prescribe a cream that works quickly.  Have a super day!

  • Carrottop50

    Thanks.Monica! You too!On Oct 27, 2017 8:15 AM, "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America" <support@aafa.org> wrote:

  • Jen

    @Carrottop50 clobetasol is one of the things the dermatologist prescribed for dd2's eczema.  She has used it in the past for her seborrheic dermatitis, so I am hopeful it will help with her eczema flares.  

  • Carrottop50

    That's good to hear!On Oct 27, 2017 9:43 AM, "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America" <support@aafa.org> wrote:

  • Katie D

    Jen – love the idea using cold/lukewarm water for hand washing ~ I often times turn it to really hot (almost too hot) probably out of habit, will have to give that a try!

  • Jen

    I picked up a couple more things of hand cream when I went to the store yesterday. Now  I just need to remember to  stick them next to the soap dispensers.

  • Jen

    I've been using hand cream more often after handwashing.  Great tip to keep the cream right next to soap dispensers.  I have also gotten in the habit of wearing my gloves.  Even if it's not super cold out, it's just enough to chap my hands.

    How do others try to prevent hand eczema flares?

  • Carrottop50

    I just got latex free gloves for when I do dishes ( I'm allergic to latexwhich causes more problems on my hands) and I use alot of hand cream too.This time of year in Az. Is so dry that the problem comes back really fast!On Dec 16, 2017 5:19 PM, "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America" <support@aafa.org> wrote:

  • Marie E Natzke

    I use skinfix and Aquation.  Even then sometimes my skin will crack.  I work in a machine shop and handle sandblasted parts a lot and it's irritating my skin. Skinfix is expensive but it does last  a long time depending on how much you use and the size of the container.

  • Kathy P

    Glad you found something that works!My girl came home on Thursday and her hands are a mess! Dry and scaly and it's on her arms too. Fortunately, she has a derma appointment while she's home. I gave her my Amlactin to try.

  • Jen

    @Carrottop50 Good suggestion to use gloves when dishwashing.  With 6 of us in the house, I spend a fair amount of time at the kitchen sink.  I may have to try gloves.

  • Carrottop50

    Thanks. I never used them before and my doctor said get latex free sinceallergic to latex and and was surprised that they are thin and not like thekind I never wanted to use! I got a pk. of five pairs and use each aboutfive times but could probably use longer. They are very inexpensive also. Ithink under $2 or $3.00.I found then at Walmart by the thick ones that havelatex.I also have found latex free band aids that are waterproof. I usealot on my fingers since skin is red and or dry and cracked and bleedingsometimes.😖On Dec 19, 2017 10:11 AM, "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America" <support@aafa.org> wrote:

  • Carrottop50

    Thanks. I hope she gets something to help!On Dec 17, 2017 2:51 PM, "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America" <support@aafa.org> wrote:

  • K8sMom2002

    @Carrottop50, DD is allergic to latex, too … it's really hard for us to find latex free dish gloves — we don't have much in the way of a choice. I think I've found one brand at Kroger that's latex free, but they're not particularly well made and the size doesn't quite work. What brand do you use?

    @Marie E Natzke, I've never heard of Skinfix — my sister's hands are a particular mess right now, and DD's are headed that way. Do you have a link to share?

  • Carrottop50

    I'm also Diabetic so I have that skin problem also and use hand creamespecially for Diabetic skin!

  • Carrottop50

    I use hand cream for Diabetics that get at Walmart. It's their store brand,but sometimes if they don't have it, I get the Gold Bond brand which is thesame thing but cost more.On Dec 25, 2017 8:04 PM, "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America" <support@aafa.org> wrote:

  • Marie E Natzke

    Carrottop50,sorry for not getting back to you right away. skinfix.com is their website.  It's made in Canada.  CVS sells it in the stores.  At least they do here in Chicago.  They have many different lotions,creams and ointments to pick from.  But like I said it is expensive.

  • Marie E Natzke

    Sorry everyone for not checking in more.  I've been on vacation and I've been trying to get caught up on my quilt making.  I've made 3 quilt tops and have a total of 5 to quilt.  Plus a friend likes one I made and wants me to make her one as well. I have a friend that is helping but we can only get so much done in an evening.  When I was out of work I was volunteering at the local hospital and when I got a job and with my sinus problems my Doctor told me not to volunteer in the hospital anymore.  So I told them this at the hospital and I offered to make quilts for them to raffle off and raise money for Extended Care Unit.  Which they are doing, so I'm trying to get some made ahead of time to have for them.  When I retire I want to make my hobby a hobbyjob for myself and my friends…..

    Marie

     

  • Katie D

    Marie, wow, that sure is a lot of quilts!  That is so nice of you to offer to help the hospital that way.  I'd love to see some photos and I'm sure others would too — we have a  if you have time to share!  

  • Jen

    Marie – Thanks for sharing the website.  I may take a look at skinfix to see if they have any products that will work for us.

  • Marie E Natzke

    K8smom2002, carrottop50,Jen, Katie D, Kathy P, Monicaw6, Tlb2002, Melanie Carver,

    Hi Everyone, yesterday I was at the allergist to get my allergy shots and I showed the nurse my hands. I asked if they could give me a prescription to help heal my skin cracks. They didn't give me a script worried about the drugs in already on. But they told me to mix vaseline with hydrocortisone 50/50 mixture and the out gloves or socks on my hands for the night. I tried it last night and it helped. The cracks aren't as deep skin isn't as hard and not as painful. When I'm done with the computer today I'm going to use it this afternoon too. I also found a new product by Dove it's called  Dove Derma Series they have body wash creams and ointment. Found it at Target. Hope everyone is well.

    Marie

  • Katie D

    Thanks Marie for sharing.  Glad to hear it already has helped with just one use – that's great!  

    I keep using hand wipes and sanitizer cause I fear the flu and my little one is only 5 months old so I'm trying to keep him from getting sick.  I have to start doing the lotion at night at the first least to help.  

  • Kathy P

    I've done the thick cream with gloves overnight and it really helps. My hands were a mess after cooking and washing a mountain of dishes over the holidays. I slathered my hands in Amlactin cream and put gloves on. I couldn't find my cotton ones, so put on a pair of disposable nitrile gloves. Kind of hot, but it was overnight. My hands were dramatically better the next day. I kept up cream for a few days.

  • Jen

    I may have to do the gloves/cream overnight thing as well. My hands are starting to get cracked, even though I've been keeping up fairly well with hand cream and have been good about wearing gloves.

  • tlb2002

    @Marie E Natzke, good luck. I hope you're able to find some relief. Hand eczema can be so frustrating.

    Have you thought about trying a different hand soap? My doctor told me to only use Dove Sensitive Skin soap (or generic equivalent) for my hands. It made a huge difference for me. They don't make a hand soap, so I put the shower gel in soap dispensers and dilute it with a some water. It's not as cheap as hand soap but that works best for me. Heavily scented soaps turn my hands into a mess.

    For cracks in the skin, sometimes I will put Neosporin on the cracks before I put on a steroid cream and lotion. 

    Thanks for the tip on the Dove Derma line. I'll have to check it out. We all battle eczema in my household. DH and DS have severe eczema and might be interested trying it too.

    Kathy, I'm glad you mentioned Amlactin. My hands have been really rough lately and have considered trying a new lotion. I have heard good things about O'Keefe's too. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Thanks for sharing, @Marie E Natzke! And Tanya, great idea on using a different type of soap in my soap pumps.

    I've found that I can re-purpose the cheap foaming soap dispensers by vastly diluting liquid soap of any kind — 1 tablespoon per regular bottle. The foaming soap seems kinder on my hands. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    TLB2002, K8SMOM2002,

    Yes I use the Dove soap body wash as hand soap as well.  I find I have to keep changing what I use in order to keep it under control.  What worked today doesn't always work a month from now.  I've been like this for a long time.  I took a small squeeze bottle with me to work.  They have the pumice soap and I think antibacterial soap which are both a nono for me to use.  The cracks are healing I have 1 crack more to heal so what the Dr told me to use did help.  Now I've got to keep up with it.  I noticed at Walgreens today that Gold Bond and Cortizone 10 both have an Eczema cream.  I didn't get it so I don;t know how it is.  I'm noticing the Dove Derma wash is helping.  But here in Chicago since Sunday being in the teens and today we were in the 60's helped.  But we have a 30 degree temperature drop heading our way by 8pm it's suppose to be near 30 it's already 40 degrees now at 6:30pm and the morning we'll be back in the deep freeze so that's not going to help either.  Using cooler water helps to and making sure you completely dry your hands before going out and using gloves!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Ugh on the super cold weather. Interesting to hear that you find switching things up helps — I'll pass that along to my sister and to my DD. 

  • K8sMom2002

    And really big time drat — twice I've forgotten to get a heavy-duty hand cream for DH. His poor fingers are really suffering. It's not eczema, but it IS painful.

    How's everyone's hands doing? 

  • tlb2002

    I bought O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream over the weekend and am amazed at how much it's helped me. My hands look better than they have in a while. 

  • Melanie Carver

    With the flu reaching epidemic levels, I am washing hands even more frequently, so now I'm having to do wet wraps. 

    I do the "easy" version with socks. 

    Coat hands in emollient. Cover hands with  lukewarm (or cold if I can) wet socks. Cover wet socks with dry socks. Leave on for as long as I can stand it.

    More info for those interested –

    From National Eczema Association:

    From National Jewish Health and Dr. Mark Boguniewicz (leading US doctor for eczema):

  • Kathy P

    I can't find my cotton gloves to use! I have used nitrile gloves, but those get kind of toasty.