There are multiple types of eczema, one of which is dyshidrotic eczema. This skin condition is more prevalent among individuals who already have another type of eczema, and people tend to get it between the ages of 20 and 40.
Let’s learn more about dyshidrotic eczema and what you should know about this often uncomfortable skin condition.
Identifying Dyshidrotic Eczema
Dyshidrotic eczema appears as small blisters on the palms, sides of the fingers, soles of the feet, and/or toes. These blisters are generally itchy, painful, fluid-filled, and last anywhere from two to four weeks. When the blisters heal, the skin tends to peel and redden. The areas of the skin that are affected by dyshidrotic eczema are also susceptible to infection.
Causes of Dyshidrotic Eczema
While the exact cause of his type of eczema is unclear, it is commonly associated with seasonal allergies (i.e. hay fever), stress, certain metals, heat, and humidity. Additionally, if you work in a profession that leads to frequent moisture on the skin such as hairstyling, you may be more susceptible to dyshidrotic eczema.
Diagnosing Dyshidrotic Eczema
To diagnose dyshidrotic eczema, your doctor will examine the skin and potentially run tests, such as a skin biopsy, to rule out other skin conditions. For cases of dyshidrotic eczema that are potentially triggered by allergies, your doctor may also recommend allergy testing.
Treating Dyshidrotic Eczema
To treat dyshidrotic eczema, you’ll likely be prescribed topical corticosteroids, along with at-home care instructions including cool compresses and soaking the affected areas if needed. In some cases, this type of eczema may be linked to a fungal or bacterial infection, which would require treatment with prescription medication.
If you experience dyshidrotic eczema caused by allergies, the experienced allergists at the Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Associates of Tampa Bay can help prevent flare-ups with expert treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.