Hand Dermatitis

hand-dermatitisHand dermatitis (or hand eczema) is a condition that causes a dry, red and often itchy rash on
the hands. It can also lead to painful cracking, blistering, weeping and swelling of the skin. When severe, hand dermatitis can make it difficult to work and carry out normal activities. A cause for hand dermatitis is not identified in every case but several factors may contribute including irritation from detergents and soaps, a history of frequent wet-work, a previous or current history of eczema, and sometimes allergies. The management of hand dermatitis may require a skin allergy test (patch test), advice about hand care and use of appropriate emollients and steroid ointments. Occasionally sufferers need systemic (tablet) treatment in severe cases.