Hand eczema (EHK sih mah) is a type of eczema - an itchy, red, dry skin condition - that appears on the hands. A form of hand eczema in which small, itchy blisters appear on the hands is called dyshidrotic eczema. (Read the Helping Hand HH-I-104, Eczema.)
Hand eczema can be chronic (last a long time) and hard to treat. It is more common in people who have a history of eczema on other parts of their bodies. Several months are often needed for healing. Hand eczema is common. It is not contagious (does not spread from person to person).
There are many causes of hand eczema. Some examples are:
Hand eczema is identified by visual exam by your child’s doctor. It is treated by using moisturizers to protect the skin. Anti-inflammatory creams and ointments can reduce redness, swelling and itching.
To help prevent hand eczema:
Hand Eczema (PDF)
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