With rates of skin cancer on the rise, people with eczema need to be prepared to self-screen for any trouble spots that flaring skin may make it hard to identify
Published On: Apr 17, 2017
Last Updated On: Jul 15, 2021
Our hands are among the worst body parts to develop an eczema rash, hands down (excuse the pun) because we rely on them so heavily to perform basic everyday tasks.
Itchy, painful rashes are more distracting and seem to take longer to heal when they develop on our hands. That’s why it’s important to pamper our fingers and palms, and take the appropriate steps to prevent a rash from forming, said Melissa Piliang, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
“There are many reasons for hand rashes,” Piliang said. “The most common cause is eczema, but some hand rashes may have an allergic cause. Sometimes an allergy can develop after years of touching the same things daily without a problem, like your wedding ring, skin care products or foods such as fish, garlic or citrus fruits.
“Thousands of things can cause a hand rash, yet most hand rashes look a lot alike to the untrained eye,” Piliang added. “If you get a hand rash, see a board-certified dermatologist to help identify the cause and prevent it from becoming painful or disabling.”
If a dermatologist suspects an allergic reaction is the cause of the hand rash, he or she might recommend an allergy skin test called patch testing. Common treatments for hand rashes range from an over-the-counter cream or lotion to a doctor-prescribed medication.
To prevent a hand rash from developing, Piliang offers the following four tips:
For more tips, check out this “How to prevent and treat hand rashes” video sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The AAD offers a “Video of the Month” series that offers tips for how to properly care for your skin, hair and nails.
Read: The Basics of Eczema