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This common form of eczema produces small, itchy blisters on the edges of the fingers, toes, palms, and soles of the feet, and is twice as common in women as it is in men. Stress, allergies (such as hay fever), moist hands and feet, and contact with nickel (in metal-plated jewelry), cobalt (found in metal-plated objects and in pigments used in paints and enamels), or chromium salts (used in the manufacturing of cement, mortar, leather, paints and anticorrosives) may be “triggers” of dyshidrotic eczema.
Doctors also may refer to dyshidrotic eczema as:
There is no cure for dyshidrotic eczema, but the good news is, in many cases it’s manageable. And like all types of the condition, it isn’t contagious. You cannot “catch” dyshidrotic eczema from another person, or give it to someone else.
All types of eczema cause itching and redness. But some, like dyshidrotic eczema, look and act slightly different than others.
Some symptoms of dyshidrotic eczema:
Deep-appearing blisters that are typical of dyshidrotic eczema.
Dyshidrotic eczema blisters are often hard to see because of thick skin on the palms and fingers.
Dyshidrotic eczema usually causes small, clear fluid-filled blisters on the sides of the fingers.
It’s important to understand which type of eczema you may have and also your symptoms and triggers, so that you can better treat and manage it. The only way to be sure that you have a form of eczema, including dyshidrotic eczema, is to make an appointment with your doctor.
There is no surefire way to prevent eczema, including dyshidrotic eczema. However, good skin care, and daily bathing and moisturizing can help strengthen your skin against irritation, so that it doesn’t flare up, or get worse. The most important thing to remember is to be consistent.
Some basic things you can do to help control your dyshidrotic eczema:
Learn more about how to control and treat your eczema.
Learn what triggers to avoid — like metal-plated jewelry — that can really set off certain types of eczema