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Question: Painful crack due to dry skin

 Confused16 - Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:50 am


I have extremely dry skin in certain parts of my hands - mostly in between my fingers. I have been told that it is possibly eczema, but I'm not sure if there is something else that it could be.

After looking into what eczema is, this could be caused from either an allergic reaction or the weather. If it is an allergic reaction, then it would be from the hand sanitizer that we use at work. If it is simply because of the weather, then I can't prevent that from happening.

What products can treat dry skin? What would work best to allow this to heal and get better?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:28 am

User avatar Dry, cracked, irritated skin on the hands is a very common problem. The area you describe may be due to a form of eczema known as dyshydrotic eczema, or may simply be related to irritated skin from washing your hands frequently, using a topical substance or from the generally dry air.

There are a few things you can do. First, I recommend seeing your doctor. This way you can get an accurate diagnosis to be sure it isn't something else. If, indeed, it is "dry skin" your doctor can prescribe a topical steroid to help heal the skin quicker.

In addition to this, you should get a thick lotion. I recommend the forms that come in a tub. The pump action bottles tend to be too thin and often have perfumes, etc. in them that can further irritate skin. Apply a thick coating at least twice a day. At night you can apply a coating and the put on cotton gloves to help hold in the moisture.

If your doctor prescribes a medication cream for you, put that on first then put a layer of lotion on top.

Hope this helps.

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