Once you have an episode of hand eczema, your risk of having another one increases greatly. For some people, hand eczema becomes chronic. The lack of an easy fix from conventional medicine has led some hand eczema patients to seek alternative treatments. The efficacy of most of these treatments remains unproven. If you do find an alternative that works for you, please share it with the National Eczema Association to help others. If you do decide to try an alternative therapy for your hand eczema, be sure to tell your doctor about it. This is important for coordination of your care.