Self-help: Managing Hand Eczema

Eczema on the hands can be particularly persistent, painful, and unattractive. The following tips may help keep your eczema under control and reduce flare-ups:

  • Avoid immersing your hands in water for long periods. If possible, wear cotton gloves inside rubber gloves for protection.

  • Protect your hands with gloves or a barrier cream before cleaning, gardening, carrying out home repairs, or using irritant substances.

  • Remove rings before using detergents or other irritants to prevent the chemicals becoming trapped against the skin.

  • In the kitchen, avoid direct contact with foods such as onions, garlic, and citrus fruit, which contain irritant substances.

  • Apply emollient creams frequently to moisturize the skin, and wash with mild soaps.

Applying barrier cream

You can help prevent irritants such as detergents from coming into contact with the skin by applying a barrier cream before carrying out chores. Emollient creams, which moisturize the skin, should be used after washing.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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