About a year ago, I noticed a few very small blisters on my hands. They didn't really itch and I wasn't too concerned. At the time, I was a habitual hand sanitizer user so figured it was something related to that. As the month passed by, the bumps increased in size and number and I noticed them on my feet as well. I wasn't worried until the intense itching started. As soon as I scratched the blisters, they would pop with clear liquid oozing out. This had be freaked so I finally went to the dermatologist.
It only took a few glances for her to diagnosis me with Dyshidrotic Eczema which I had never heard of before.She asked if I was under stress and I said yes. She then asked if I used hand sanitizer and I laughed as I opened my purse and took out the three small bottles I had stashed away. I was directed to stop using it immediately as it dries out your hands and to start a regiment of steroid creams. I left happy that I had an answer and expected it to go away in a few days. Boy was I wrong.
After a week of treatment, I saw little improvement. Two days after the steroids were done the bumps increased and I was worse off then when I started. A return trip to the doctor ended in more cream and another vicious cycle. After many weeks of frustration, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I researched as much as I could in books, internet articles, forums, blogs and personal experiences from friends with the condition. I've compiled a list below of some of the things that have worked for me. Although I still suffer from the disease, my symptoms have improved. I know when a flare-up is coming and I'm able to prevent a huge outbreak.
What is Dyshidrotic Eczema?
Dyshidrotic Eczema - small itchy blisters that develop on the hands and feet.
- small fluid blisters that appear along the edges of your fingers, toes, palm and soles.
- These blisters cause intense itching, redness, flaking and cracking of the skin.
- Allergies such as hay fever
- Exposure to irritants and chemicals
- Exposure or allergy to heavy metals such as Nickel
- Heavy creams and ointments
- Steroid creams, pills or oitments
- Ultra Violet therapy thought to dry up the blisters
- Dyshidrosis - MayoClinic.com
Dyshidrosis — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this skin condition.
What I've Tried That Helps
I have experimented with various treatments and recommendations. There were times where my hands would get so bad that I couldn't close my fingers or hold anything. Now I have a routine and use different remedies depending how I am feeling. Some are good for the initial blister stage and some for the extreme cracking and dry skin.
Cotton Gloves Are A Must
These gloves have been a lifesaver.
- Hide hands during a break-out.
- Keep hands safe from irritants. This is especially important if you are using cleaners. Fit well under rubber gloves during cleaning, dishwashing and showering.
- Keeps hands moist after applying lotions, creams, ointments.
- Protects clothes, bedding, furniture, etc from lotions and creams that are applied.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is extracted from the kernel or meat of a matured coconut. It has various uses from cooking, skin care and hair care. I read on one blog that there are over 100 uses. Some people take the oil internally by the spoonful or adding to different drinks and teas. I have only used in externally and it has worked wonders. I apply a small amount on my hands, rub it over the effected areas and cover my hands with cotton gloves. It leaves my hands feeling moist without all the chemicals and unnatural things added to lotions. I love that it is natural.
Epson salt is a naturally occurring mineral that assists in removing unwanted acids in the skin. There are two ways to help with eczema. Place a few tablespoons in a bowl of warm water and let dissolve. Soak your hands in the water for 10-15 minutes. This helps to reduce some of the swelling and redness caused by cracked skin and also softens the blisters allowing them to drain. Adding about 450 grams to a warm bath will have simaliar affects with the added relaxation benefit of a warm bath.
Selsun Blue Shampoo
Selsun Blue is a dandruff control shampoo that assists with cell shedding and flaking on the scalp. There are a few different kinds offered. The traditional blue shampoo contains selenium sulfide and the natural "unblue" version contains salicylic acid. I've tried both and prefer the natural clear version. This seems to burn less since it is not mentholated. It also contains moisturizers and vitamins. I found using this as my daily shampoo has helped. Regular shampoos seems to make my hands worse. I don't know if the Selsun is healing my hands directly but I know it doesn't irritate like other shampoos do.
Zinc oxide is used in diaper creams and to prevent diaper rashes, minor scraps, burns or skin irritations. It forms a barrier on the skin to protect from irritants and moisture. I had a horrible outbreak before a vacation to Florida which caused a lot of pain. My hands were full of blisters and dry hard skin that prevented me from closing my fingers. I read that applying a thick layer over the affected area and covering with gloves would help. Sure enough, my hands had improved overnight. The blisters and cracks had started to dry up and dead skin started to flake off. I use the zinc oxide when my hands get really bad.
Although I am not cured, the severity of the outbreaks has improved and healing is faster. All symptoms have yet to completely go away but it is much more manageable now. Two months ago I wouldn't be able to type this hub.
I intend to continue these treatments and experiment with new ones. I've heard that diet also has an effect. Avoiding gluten, sugar and dairy has been known to help as well so I will give it a try.
To anyone suffering from this disease, please don't be discouraged. Everyone's condition is different and people respond differently to various treatments. Just keep positive and know there are other's out there for support.
I am not a doctor or qualified to diagnosis diseases or recommend treatments. The information provided is based on my experience only and is not intended to be a substitute for your doctor's direction or instructions.
A sufferer on April 11, 2020:
Coconut oil and aloe gel have definitely helped … I use dial antibacterial bar soap or tea tree treatments on my feet. And soaking in epsom salt is always helpful although not always convenient.
Carly on January 20, 2019:
I had this for almost a year on my hands, feet, ankles and wrists, and nothing i tried helped,i would even get secondary infections in the blisters. I finally found a NMD who gave me an igg ige blood test for food allergies, I came back with several, she said she saw this issue all of the time but its not a common type of test so many people go untreated for years. It was a type of allergy that causes a delayed onset response up to 2 weeks after i consuned it. I have cut those items from my diet for the last 5 years with a few slip ups and have only had a flare up if i eat something i am not supposed to. Just thought i would share as I know how frustrating and relentless this disease is.
Randy on November 01, 2016:
Raw honey bee propolis def helps me,, it is pricey but does def help, I eat roughly 1 teaspoon a day, if i dont it comes back with avengence,,
Patterns on March 21, 2016:
Hi, Mine started with my right foot being rubbed by a croc sandal -
Have had D.E for months but it seems to be humidity/sweat sensitive. I wash my feet in cold water and apple cider vinegar foot solution (or whatever type of vinegar I have on hand). This is comforting and my first go-to solution. I change my socks constantly, and wear mostly sneakers!!!
I have cut back on gluten products, dark chocolate (like 90% - but contains ++ nickel) (yum), but need to drop more of the sugary treats, I dont have much packaged foods though.
Also in desperation I used some gentian violet - sourced from a compounding chemist (not easy to get and very messy and very purple..) - which dries up the pustules really well.
I have tried tea tree oil, coconut oil (not successful for me),zinc cream (good but not fantastic), etc etc..
I get some nangai oil products from The Summit,Vanautu (which I really have found very good) They also have a tamanu oil but I found the nangai balm products suited me better. (I dont work for them but I dont mind recommending them)
Havent tried the probiotics... chances of a faecal transplant - zero... Stress is definately a contributing factor...
Hope that helps someone.
Ches on February 01, 2016:
I suffered for about 2 years with Dyshidrotic Eczema, 3 days ago I tried a DIY Fecal transplant at home. My healthy and happy wife was the donor. I am already seeing the blisters on my hands fading!!
I am blown away! After all the doctors and creams ... Poop saved the day!
Sarah on July 24, 2015:
Hi, I had this plus autoimmune hypothyroidism, idiopathic hypersomnia, IBS plus loads more and I was about to become diabetic and adrenal glands were giving up the ghost. I gave up gluten, and all dissappeared and even on less thyroid meds, the eczema did take quite a few months though so don't expect immediate results as can take your immune system up to six months to calm down after ingesting it. It comes back very quickly with any trace amount of gluten although in smaller patches and very severly when on gluten trials for tests. I test negative for coeliacs but I have proved it triggers my immune system in the same way as coeliacs and I now have official diagnosis of "pompholyx secondary to gluten sensitivity". Definately give it a try but make sure you do it properly and be patient to give it enough time. Can't believe how much better I am now and can stay awake the whole day - yay :o)
John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona on June 28, 2015:
Interesting comment. I have a friend who claimed candida caused his problems and he took a probiotic - he seems to think it helps a lot. Apparently if you eat too much of some things (like sugar) the candida population explodes and then causes a variety of things (or at least as speculated). Just passing it along - sometimes one thing will help an individual even if it doesn't help everybody.
Espere on June 28, 2015:
Yes it's all gut flora and candida related. The problem comes from within. You can't treat dyshidrosis externally. Histamine increasing foods are often the trigger for blisters. Give up gluten and sugar and you'll be amazed how much better you feel and how little you blister. Red dyes also are a problem. It sucks. Honestly I wish I could just have a fecal transplant. I'd be cured so quickly it makes me cry.
Kevin on May 06, 2015:
I have had Dyshidrotic Eczema for about twenty years. I have had three major outbreaks on my right foot, lasting from about six months to about two years. Blisters breed more blisters (by some unknown method, no one knows). Once a blister is no longer active it no longer contributes to the problem. I have had success in treating the larger blisters by injecting them with rubbing alcohol with a small syringe - the type diabetics use, to flush out the fluid. There is the clear slippery fluid and a smaller amount of semi-solid whitish fluid in each blister. When done accurately each individual blister treated is no longer active after a single treatment, occasionally two. They dry up within a day and are no longer a problem. Unfortunately when looked at with a powerful magnifying glass, I use a jewelers magnifying glass after wetting the skin with alcohol (it works better than water), you will see hundreds of closely packed tiny blisters in the surrounding area. Over time they merge into the larger blisters that you can see, weeks or months later. When not in the presence of the larger blisters the small ones are less likely to mature into the large ones and so it is possible to halt the advance of the condition into unaffected areas of skin. Areas of skin that have been affected within the past year can reactivate but over time the outbreak can be contained and completely stopped. It takes diligence, but it can be done.
Dollie on December 30, 2014:
It's a plaesure to find someone who can identify the issues so clearly
Jim on August 06, 2014:
Thanks for this post. It helps clear things up for me. One thing I found that helped the most; It's a little obscure, Boroline cream. I found it at of all places, an Indian grocery store. It has been a famous product in India since 1927, and it contains natural anti-septics and zinc oxide. It has done more to clear up this skin issue than anything. Only problem is I have to drive to Little India to get more! Check it out! There is also A liquid called Suthol, made by the same company, That is supposed to work wonders. I'm picking some up on Sunday to try it:-)
Jacqueline on August 04, 2014:
So sorry all have had to experience this dreadful condition! My first memory of the condition was at age 5 or 6 and I am unsure of the duration. There was a serious secondary infection that resulted in hospitalization while in second grade so it must have been 2 or 3 years. The next episode came in high school with my class ring, obviously on a finger and then onto my feet. This persisted for a few years with several unpleasant sequelae. Then a welcome reprieve of a few years. Later a bout with my hands for approximately 5 years duration. So many doctors and diagnoses and treatments! A change of jobs and a very mild anti anxiety medication seemed to do the trick. I can't say this was the magic combo, but it worked for a while and for that I am so thankful.
My mom and grandmother had this and it seems one of my children and a grandchild have something similar. My episodes have been less and less frequent, involving smaller areas and of shorter duration than in my younger years.
(I found ice gave excellent relief for intense itching, much better than antihistamines that were prescribed.)
I will hold you all in my heart and hope relief comes soon. God's peace and love.
Marie on July 09, 2014:
Help. The 4th toe on left foot has been itchy for months. The skin will break down, blister, turn purple. I've been to both podiatrists and dermatologist. They tried a number of different ointments and oral steroids. It improves but returns worse than before. Now it seems to also be affecting the 4th finger on my left hand. Is this coincidence? What sort of doctor should I been seeing? My podiatrist recommended seeing a Rheumatologist? Not sure if that's appropriate. I would love advise. Thank you.
Amber Bowen from Crete, Illinois on July 08, 2014:
I have de on both hands and have gotten staph and once Mersa from the huge cracks on my fingers.... I'm desperate for help and have seen and read a zilion things to "help" me.. it never helps. Nobody understands until they r in the same predicament as we all r in. Any help full info is sooooooo appreciated!!!!!! Thank you
Wayne Carlson on July 04, 2014:
Shaklee has an item called Nutriferon they claim will boost your bodys
production of interferon. Before I finished the first bottle of 60 I noticed
the pompholyx I've had for about 30 years had stopped. There is an
occasional breakout of blisters but they are smaller and number in
the single digits.
I had no idea this would happen when I tried it,local reps can be found
in the white pages under the name Shaklee or at Shaklee.com.
Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on June 04, 2014:
Thanks for the post. I also have this problem or something very similar since it is only on one hand. It started about ten years ago and I saw several dermatologist before I just gave up. It doesn't itch anymore, although it did when it first appeared. A steroid shot did clear it up, but it came back. I find that the more water I drink, the less prolific the blisters and my hand is a lot clearer. Also using a really great moisturizer helps tremendously. I really like Johnson's 24 Hour Body Lotion. It seems to create a barrier to any water my hand is exposed to. Since I read your article, I'm going to try adding the coconut oil to the mix and hopefully will have even better results. By the way, wearing the white glove seemed to make it worse for me. I'm not sure why.
Unlike for many who have commented, this is more of an unsightly annoyance for me. It rarely gets to the point where my hands actually hurt because of the cracked skin. That's when I reach for the Neosporin to heal it fast.
Good hub. So glad you shared the information with us.
Karl on May 28, 2014:
Hi, y'all. I visited this board earlier in the month and it was a great help to me. Some of the prior posts are useful and accurate yet some of you are giving bad information and you have no idea what the heck you're talking about.
I was diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema by my dermatologist after having "tapioca bumps" on my finger.
Fortunately, I did successfully treat my eczema and my finger has cleared up. I wanted to help those of you who are dealing with dyshidrotic eczema so I decided to make a video documenting how I treated my finger:
Leila on May 23, 2014:
I had DE for years, then I got pregnant and my DE completely disappeared. A few weeks after I gave birth it slowly came back but not as much. During my pregnancy I avoided caffeine, non organic meat, soft cheeses and certain fishes and started taking vitamins. I also went part time so my stress levels were almost non existent. Pre-pregnancy- I broke out during stressful times. Not sure if caffeine causes it, but if you drink caffeinated drinks you may want to cut that out completely for more than half a year and see if it goes away. I'm back to drinking coffee but not on a daily basis, maybe a cup or two a week. My DE is back but not to the same extent as before. My hands also dry out when I handle anything with acids--lemon, lime, tomatoes (coffee has acid as well).
I noticed I had DE after handling strong bathroom cleaners. I used to clean my tub daily (paranoid of mold), the spray started leaking to my pinky finger. The. My finger started reacting, then had my breakout, etc. my DE came back again after I handled dish soap 6-7 times a day when cleaning baby bottles.
I now always wear gloves when I do dishes. As much as possible I avoid hand contact with tomato or lemon juices. I apply cortisone ultra moisturizing anti itch cream. Please try not to scratch your blisters, it seems to spread when I scratched them.
I hope this helps. Don't give up, I was there and I remember feeling so hopeless and frustrated and embarrassed.
Tom on May 21, 2014:
I suffer from something like this on a recurring basis and have for the past 25 years. If I scratch or rub the irritated area the problem explodes. Various MDs have put me on all sorts of scary drugs. High-dose prednisone worked, but not reliably. Now I get an 80 unit shot of Kenalog when I have a real bad outbreak and it clears it up. I've been clear for about 5 years now, but unfortunately have to go in tomorrow for a shot. Once this pops up it never clears up by itself.
marlen on April 25, 2014:
John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona on February 13, 2014:
To the Skull
Ginger drops help with stomach cramps and pain. It works so well for me that I thought I would share in case you weren't aware.
Ram on February 13, 2014:
Thanks for posting.... this will help lot of people who has similar problems. In fact, I am keep trying all these things (except salt) for several years and it calm downs the itching very quickly and reoccurs after a week or 2, again repeat the same. Blitters starts every Feb and go till June/July, sometimes till Aug. I am also thinking this also depends on weather/environment as I am sure I can expect the start in every Feb! and live with it till Aug!!. Pls start posting if you find more solutions.
THE SCULL on January 12, 2014:
HI thehowlingowl AND ALL
I AM SUFFERING FROM THE SAME, "DYSHIDROTIC ECZEMA" PLUS:
ITCHINESS ON MY ANKLES AND ANUS,
STOMACH CRAMPS AND PAIN,
ALCOHOL SENSITIVITY AND OTHER FOOD SENSITIVITY (I CAN’T EVEN HAVE A BEER ANYMORE),
SEVERE HIP PAIN THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN CONNECTED (NOW SUBSIDED),
AND VERY LOW ENERGY
THE SLIGHTEST FOOD POISONING TURNS INTO A THREE DAY HANGOVER.........;
OF WHICH THESE SAID CONDITIONS, ALL PRESENTED THEMSELVES SLOWLY TO THE POINT WHERE I COULD NOT FUNCTION, FORCED ME TO GO FROM DOCTOR TO DOCTOR. IN ONE DAY I WENT FROM URGENT CARE TO GI-DR. TO ENDOCRINOLOGIST. THEN WITH IN THE SAME CLINIC, I WAS SENT TO AN ORTHOPEDIC DR. WITH THE HELP OF MY WIFE (HARVARD, PHD IN IMMUNOLOGY) I FINALLY I GOT A DIAGNOSIS OF HASHIMOTO'S THYROIDITIS.
IN THE SAME MONTH I WAS GIVEN MY FIRST DOSE OF SYNTHROID I WAS ALSO GIVEN STEROIDS ORALLY. ALL THE SYMPTOMS WENT AWAY. PROBLEM SOLVED.
OR WAS IT?
TODAY ALL THE SAID SKIN AND ITCHING PROBLEM STILL GIVE ME GRIEF. I STOPPED TREATING MY HANDS THEY HAVE THEIR OWN CYCLE NO MATTER WHAT I PUT ON THEM.
HERE IS WHAT HAS CHANGED. WELL I CAN’T DRINK, SO (1); I QUIT SMOKING (2); THE TIMELY CONJUNCTION OF THOSE TWO HAVE LED TO AN OBSESSION WITH GOLF WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE TAKEN CARE OF THE SCIATICA (3); AFTER OTHER RESEARCH I TAKE 4000 IU VITAMIN D3 (SHOWS TO PREVENT CANCER), 2000 MG VITAMIN C (IMMUNE SUPPORT) , 2000 MCG VITAMIN B12 (FOR THE ENERGY), 400 MG COQ-10 (CARDIOVASCULAR SUPPORT, ALL THAT SMOKING), CENTRUM SPECIALIST VISION, 500MG NO-FLUSH NIACIN (FOR MY BRAIN), AND 5000MCG OF MY WIFE'S BIOTIN (JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT).
PLUS+: CULTURELLE WITH 15 BILLION CELLS OF LACTOBACILLS GG; PROBIOTIC PEARLS HIGH POTENCY WITH5 BILLION CFU OF LACTOBACIILUS PLANTARUM, BIFIBACTERIUM LACTIS, LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDOBACTERIUM LONGUM.
WITHIN A MONTH OF TAKING THE STEROID AND STARTING SYNTHOID, ALL THE SYMPTOMS CAME BACK MINUS THE DIZZINESS AND ENERGY LOSS. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS I’VE LOOKED INTO EVERYTHING. EVERY TIME I GO TO THE DOCTOR I GET THE SAME RESULT. THERE IS NO WAY I’M LIVING THE REST OF MY DAYS WITH THIS CONDITION.
GUT FLORA - GUT FLORA - GUT FLORA
WHEN MY WIFE FIRST EXPLAINED TO ME WHAT HASHIMOTO’S IS I FOUND SOME RESEARCHERS IN GREECE HAD CORRELATED A PROPORTION OF PATIENTS WITH HASHIMOTO’S THAT HAD ALSO ANTIBODIES TO YERSINIA ENTEROCOLITICA. (S. CHATZIPANAGIOTOU ET ALL CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTION, 2001, VOL7, ISSUE 3,) ONE IMPLICATION OF THE STUDY IS SAY THAT THERE’S A POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN A GI INFECTION AND AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE. THERE IS PRECEDENT FOR THIS AS THROAT INFECTION WITH GROUP A STREPTOCOCCUS IS THE CAUSATIVE AGENT OF RHEUMATIC HEART DISEASE. SO I TESTED FOR YERSINIA AND IT CAME BACK NEGATIVE.
IN THE PAST TWO YEARS IT SEEMS THAT EVERY 3 MONTHS ONE OF MY SYMPTOMS GET THE MOST ATTENTION. FOR EXAMPLE, MY HIP WOULD GET SO INFLAMED THAT I COULDN’T SIT DOWN AT ALL. THEN IT WOULD BE MY HANDS THAT GIVE ME PROBLEMS. IN-BETWEEN EPISODES DAILY ACTIVITIES WOULD BE OK.
IT IS THE LATEST EPISODE THAT RE-UNLEASHED ME ON THE SEARCH FOR THE BOTTOM LINE. DURING THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN MY SISTER AND I ATE BAD CHICKEN WINGS. WE BOTH GOT SICK. I WAS SICK FOR TWICE AS LONG AS HER. IT WAS PROBABLY SALMONELLA. IT WAS LIKE HAVING A HANG OVER EVERY DAY. I EMERGED FROM THAT SICKNESS, RIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING, UNABLE DRINK BEER. AT THE IN-LAWS HOUSE FOR TURKEY DAY AFTER I EXPLAINED WHY I WAS DRINKING SO LITTLE, MY FATHER IN-LAW GAVE ME SOME CHEWABLE ACIDOPHILUS SUPPLEMENTS. I STARTED FEELING MYSELF AGAIN.
BUT, SYMPTOMS STILL PERSIST LIKE, THE LOWER LEFT ABDOMINAL PAIN THAT IN BETWEEN MEALS FEELS LIKE I HAVEN’T EATEN AT ALL. IT’S PAINFUL. SO WHAT IS IT SPECIFICALLY? I TAKE PROBIOTICS FEEL A LITTLE BETTER BUT NOT REALLY?
HOW DID I GET OBSESSED WITH CANDIDA?
MY WIFE AND I TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF FUNGAL INFECTION. WE BOUGHT VAGINAL CREAM FOR MY HANDS TO NO AVAIL. ((NOTE NOTHING WORKED LONG ENOUGH TO KEEP COVERINGS OF MY HAND,) NOT TO MENTION EVEN WITH GLOVES ON I BLISTER VERY EASILY.)
SINCE THE PROBIOTICS KEPT SOMETHING IN CHECK I’VE HAD MY EYE OUT FOR ANY NEW DEVELOPMENTS, WHEN RECENTLY I RESPONDED TO A NEW SUPER PROBIOTIC CALLED “KEYBIOTICS” -----------DO NOT BUY THIS THEY ARE NOT LEGITIMATE---------- BUT, THEY PUT OUT A QUASI-ACCURATE REPORT ILLUSTRATING CANDIDA AS THE CAUSE FOR A LIST OF MY SYMPTOMS PLUS MORE. THEN ALLUDED TO PROBIOTICS, OBVIOUSLY SPECIFICALLY THEIRS CAN BRING CANDIDA BACK IN CHECK. AT THAT POINT, 29DEC2013 I WENT BACK TO THE SEARCH FOR FUNGUS, NOT ON MY HANDS THOUGH, ---IN MY INTESTINES.
MAINSTREAM MEDICINE, SPECIFICALLY AMERICAN, DOES NOT ACCEPT THIS AT ALL. HOWEVER, STUDIES ARE BEING DONE. IN FACT MOST OF THE STUDIES OF INFRACTIONS THAT MAY BE ON BEHALF OF CANDIDA ARE BASED IN OTHER COUNTRIES. BUT STUDIES IN THE ARE TAKEN HOLD. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT FECAL TRANSPLANTS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY USED TO AFFECTIVELY TREAT RECURRING C.DIFFICILE AND CURE AUTISM IN ONE KNOWN CASE. (HTTP://CHRISKRESSER.COM/POOP-THE-CURE-OF-THE-FUTURE) (HTTP://WAGENINGENACADEMIC.METAPRESS.COM/CONTENT/88082T4133880274/)
MY CAT ALSO HAS SYMPTOMS THAT MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH SOME KIND OF INTESTINAL MICROBIAL IMBALANCE. HE IS MISSING HAIR ON HIS BACK. THIS WEBSITE CONFIRMS THE EXISTENCE OF SUCH PROBLEMS IN CATS AND DOGS AND OFFERS SOME KIND OF EXPLANATION RELATING TO CANDIDA BUT NOT ONLY CANDIDA. (HTTP://WWW.NZYMES.COM/ARTICLES/DOG_OR_CAT_YEAST_CANDIDA_PROBLEMS.HTM)
NYU: (HTTP://WWW.MED.NYU.EDU/CONTENT?CHUNKIID=21475) AN INFORMATIVE PIECE FROM LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER DISCUSSES THE HISTORY AND RECOGNITION OF SYSTEMIC CANDIDIASIS, A STAGE OF CANDIDA INFECTION WHERE CANDIDA GETS INTO THE BLOOD STREAM.
ON THIS WEBSITE, (HTTP://WWW.DYSHIDROSIS.CO.UK/) THE WRITER WHOM DID NOT SOURCE THIS PAGE AT ALL, TALKS ABOUT HOW CANDID IN THE INTESTINE CAUSES THE “ID” 'DERMATIPHID' OR 'DERMATOPHYTE' REACTION, WHICH IS AN AN allergic REACTION TO FUNGUS. THE WRITER STATES “MY HYPOTHESIS IS THAT ONLY THE FUNGAL FORM AND ITS DAMAGE TO THE GUT WALL CAUSES THE 'ID REACTION', THAT FLOOD OF HISTAMINE THAT CAUSES DYSHIDROSIS.” I NEED TO INVESTIGATE AND FIND OUT WHO THIS IS. BUT, THE INFORMATION POOL IS GETTING BIGGER
I THINK MOST OF MY PROBLEMS STEM FROM THE HEALTH OF MY GUT. DON'T DISMISS GUT FLORA. I HAVE A FEELING IT IS A NEW REVOLUTION IN MEDICINE.
the scull on January 10, 2014:
I AM SUFFERING FROM THE SAME PLUS:
ITCHINESS ON MY ANKLES AND ANUS,
STOMACH CRAMPS AND PAIN,
ALCOHOL SENSITIVITY (I CAN'T EVEN HAVE A BEER ANYMORE),
SEVERE HIP PAIN THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN CONNECTED (NOW SUBSIDED ),
AND VERY LOW ENERGY
THE SLIGHTEST FOOD POISONING TURNED INTO A THREE DAY HANGOVER.........;
OF WHICH THESE SAID CONDITIONS, ALL PRESENTED THEMSELVES SLOWLY TO THE POINT WHERE I COULD NOT FUNCTION, FORCED ME TO GO FROM DOCTOR TO DOCTOR. IN ONE DAY I WENT FROM URGENT CARE TO GI-Dr. TO ENDOCRINOLOGIST. THEN WITH IN THE SAME CLINIC SENT TO AN ORTHOPEDIC Dr. WITH THE HELP OF MY WIFE(HARVARD, PHD IN IMMUNOLOGY) I FINALLY I GOT A DIAGNOSIS OF HASHIMOTO'S THYROIDITIS.
IN THE SAME MONTH I WAS GIVEN MY FIRST DOSE OF SYNTHROID I WAS ALSO GIVEN STEROIDS ORALLY. ALL THE SYMPTOMS WENT AWAY. PROBLEM SOLVED.
OR IS IT?
TODAY ALL THE SAID SKIN AND ITCHING PROBLEM STILL GIVE ME GRIEF. I STOPPED TREATING MY HANDS THEY HAVE THEIR OWN CYCLE NO MATTER WHAT I PUT ON THEM.
HERE IS WHAT HAS CHANGED. WELL I CAN'T DRINK, SO (1); I QUIT SMOKING (2); THE TIMELY CONJUNCTION OF THOSE TWO HAVE LED TO AN OBSESSION WITH GOLF WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE TAKEN CARE OF THE SCIATICA (3); AFTER OTHER RESEARCH I TAKE 4000 iu VITAMIN D3 (SHOWS TO PREVENT CANCER), 2000 mg VITAMIN C (IMMUNE SUPPORT) , 2000 mcg VITAMIN B12 (FOR THE ENERGY), 400 mg CoQ-10 (CARDIOVASCULAR SUPPORT, ALL THAT SMOKING), CENTRUM SPECIALIST VISION, 500mg NO-FLUSH NIACIN (FOR MY BRAIN), AND 5000mcg OF MY WIFE'S BIOTIN (JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT).
Cindy on December 12, 2013:
GLUTEN is probably the culprit. I have had the exact same thing you described, the itchy fluid filled bumps on the soles of my feet- right on the bottom of the arch, on the sides of my feet by the sole and on the edge of my fingers. I lived with it increasing in severity every year for 15 years. I researched a lot on line, and was told by a doctor it was a rare form of psoriasis. I tried everything and nothing helped it at all until I went gluten free.
I was going gluten free for a separate issue (to help with a recently acquired hypothyroidism diagnoses). My insurance would only pay for one type of medication that did not help me after a year of taking it, so I had to look towards natural methods. I now take 1 kelp supplement a day and stay away from gluten. The result? Completely normal Thyroid levels without any hormone replacement and my persistent rash was COMPLETELY gone and healed for the first time in my adult life. I notice whenever I snuck in gluten though, it would start to come back in little patches.
I'm pretty sure in my research I had heard people echo gluten and celiacs as a source for this weird rash, but I brushed it off because A. There were a lot different possibilities I heard from people that could be causing the issue and B. Going gluten free sounded like a drastic lifestyle change, so it was easy to ignore that as being the culprit and focus on easier solutions.
I wish I had made this lifestyle change over a decade ago when I first heard of celiacs. I could have saved myself 10 years of being miserable, tired a lot, moody, foggy and always in some slight pain/ discomfort from seemingly benign health issues . To be honest for a long time I thought aside from the rash- my symptoms were all in my head, because no one could help me and they didn't seem "that" serious. They were serious though, because it was slowly starving my body of nutrients and breaking down vital organs (like my thyroid). FYI- You can be overweight and still starving due to malabsorption of nutrients.
If you are curious about why so many people are suddenly "celiac" or "gluten intolerant" and thinking it's just a diet trend, because why didn't it effect people before, right? Well look into GMO's and how most wheat has been genetically altered to increase the gluten 5 fold in wheat to be more resistant to disease (and wheat happens to be in almost all pre-packaged or "quick" foods and is now being marketed as a "healthy" option as a whole grain…).
Anyone reading this, that has these symptoms, should do themselves a favor and research genetically modified wheat and the symptoms of gluten intolerance (which never would have been an issue 50 or 100 years ago unless you ate nothing but wheat all day long).
John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona on November 08, 2013:
It is good that you have spent so much time researching this skin problem. I too have had problems with dyshidrosis, but unlike you, steroidal creams have helped me a lot. If results have been poor for a reader, you have supplied them with a lot of direction here. Nice job.
Shelley on August 29, 2013:
I have also been diagnosed with this condition. I have been prescribed prednisone (steroid) for like a week & my hands were good as new. Can't take it for long. Like I said it's a steroid but it worked the best. Cloderm is a good prescription cream but expensive. Cloebatesol is a great ointment but messy. Diaper rash cream does work but I hate the smell.
sawpalmettoacne.org on June 25, 2013:
Two weeks ago, I noticed some blisters on my son's palm and on his fingers. I had an idea about eczema and it worry me to death but to just make sure it is, I brought him to his Pediatrician. I was given a prescription for the meds but tried first some of the home remedies. As of now, I prohibited him to play with his cat and told him to always wash his hands.
Yelena on April 26, 2013:
Thank you for detailed and informative post. I just noticed blisters on my fingers this week, and was very concerned and your post shed a lot of light on this. Now I feel empowered and can do some things before I see my dermatologist. I first noticed intense dryness on my left index finger, at first it seemed that my finger was shivering down, being a diabetic for the last 10 years, I was concerned that I was getting nerve damage, however I had no issues with sensitivity or pain. I am a tax accountant so for the last 3 months I have been in my tax busy season, so I have been very busy stressed, and spending over 14 hours behind the computer everyday, so I thought that maybe the heat from my laptop was causing the dryness. I was also having different symptoms on my right that I did not put together until this week. I was having dry bumpy and very itchy skin on my right index finger for the last 6 months, and I tend to scratch it with my left index finger (I wonder if it transferred). And now I am getting intense dryness over my knuckles, so I was soaking my hands and was getting ready to moisturize my hands, and notices that I had blisters on my left finger, and then I saw similar blisters on my right hand, and realized that it was the same condition, the blisters burst with a clear liquid, and some are painful to the touch. Thank you for your post and for great advise. Epson Salt soak made my hands feel great!
wakeupscreaming on April 25, 2013:
I've had 3 or 4 mild outbreaks of blisters on my fingers and palms of my left-hand. I made an appointment with a dermatologist, but it was a typical 2-3 month wait, and I had nothing but pictures to show her once I finally got there. She figured it was probably a sensitivity from metal that I touched.
Now one year later, I've had another outbreak -- this one visibly worse than the last one.
From the pictures I've looked at on the internet, I would say my outbreak is still "mild" compared to what I see. I certainly don't have a situation like some people have, where they can't close their fingers, etc.
I'm in my early forties, and last year was the first time I'd ever had an outbreak.
I do question how or what triggers it.
I have been severely stressed lately -- financially (what else are we stressed about?), but I've been stressed all my life, and I didn't have the outbreaks then -- which makes me wonder what the real cause of it is.
I visited a clinic doctor about 2 years ago, before I had these outbreaks, and I asked him about some dryness on my right hand. I think it was just winter dryness, drying up my skin. It was nothing major, but wanted him to look at it.
The doctor takes a look at my right-hand, and says he gets red bumps on his palms when he's stressed. He grabs my left-hand, and rubs his thumb into my left-hand palm hard. The same left-hand I now get these outbreaks on.
I had never had these outbreaks before until last year. Which makes me wonder if this condition is triggered by bacteria or infection -- or if it's contagious, like getting it from this doctor. I just don't understand why I would have gone 40 years with no outbreaks until after this doctor tells me about it, and then rubs his hand into the very hand I get these outbreaks on.
My latest outbreak, I noticed my left-hand had the start of a fungal infection in-between my pinky-finger. I put on anti-fungal cream immediately.
I'm very fastidious washing my hands. So I have no idea where this fungal infection came from. I work at home, and I've been dealing with a heart condition, so I don't get out much. I do get out of my apartment to go to stores and such, but I certainly don't go to gyms or fitness centers or public pools, etc. So however this fungal infection got onto my hand, it must have hitched a ride pretty easily from maybe a doorknob or shopping basket at the supermarket.
BTW, I have no allergies to soaps or anything. Unless I can acquire them all of a sudden at 40 years of age?
It's too bad conditions like this have "no cure", even though it seems to effect so many people. All those doctors and scientists seem almost clueless. Are there any websites to crowd-source cures or research for conditions like this?
K on April 25, 2013:
The exact same thing happened to me. They would form in one finger, disappear then move to another finger.
I went to a dermatologist - the 2nd prescribed medicine which worked. I had to take oral medicine for I think 1-2 weeks and applied cream on the area. It worked well. She said that this was stress induced.
It's been a couple of years but I'm feeling a couple of bumps on my fingers again. Hopefully, it'll go away because it's extremely frustrating to have it.
M on April 21, 2013:
I am allergic to soap and any detergent and get this weird red bumps or rashes after very little contact with either or both. I also cannot use sanitizer much and the itchiness seems to be at the peak when weather is hot. What seems to have help is changing my handsoap to goats milk soap and using lubriderm lotion right after handwashing and consistently throughout the day.
Emily on April 01, 2013:
This was very helpful.... I am only 13 and I have this on my feet, it's terrible... Rarely shows up on my hands... It's very embarrassing because I can only wear shoes that cover up my feet... And I am too embarrassed to tell my mom I don't know why... But hopefully this will work... Thank you for posting this :)
Kawika Chann from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place on February 12, 2013:
Nicely done howlingowl, I hope things get better for you as your treatment progresses. I am all for finding other alternatives than throwing drugs onto a problem, always be your own advocate. Upvoted/interesting and following. Peace. Kawi.
Kimberly on February 08, 2013:
About two months ago I was diagnosed by a dermatologist with PPP psoriasis. When you look it up it looks very similar to DE. I've been doing some research as well and if you say that going lactose, sugar and gluten free helps you might have a hidden gluten intolerance or some other kind of gut problem. I have a weird question: Do any of you guys have a aluminium cased mac? I have a VERY bad case of DE on my hands and feet, some patches of another eczema showed up on my right leg, and for me these blisters started coming when I got the new computer. I barely used it at first so I had very little, tiny blisters and I was never worried. I started using the computer constantly and I had a terrible break out, so bad that at times I can't even hold on to my son because my hands hurt so badly. I did some research online and other people have developed DE because of the macbook pro, or more generally, because of metal allergies. I skyped with my sister in law yesterday for about 2 hours and was up all night because muy hands were itching so badly. I've made up my mind to stop using the computer for a month, see if it helps the symptoms. I thought I'd share because A LOT of people are reacting to the macbook pros. Don't lose hope guys!
Wendy on January 11, 2013:
Thanks so much for the suggestions. The coconut oil is a new one for me. I tend to use vaseline and cotton gloves at night. Also just went on a lower gluten diet and have found my hands much improved. Good to see others have the same experience. Inspires me to keep it up!
yoni on November 22, 2012:
I can recommand you all to use cream with salisilic acid for youth acne - it dry out all the blisters and a great solution for dishidrosis. use also ointment cream after washing hands etc' (with zinc oxide for diaper rash).
Good luck there from Israel.
bexbikes on October 18, 2012:
I have dyshidrosis as well and have been going mostly gluten free and have noticed a huge improvement in my condition. I quit drinking diet sodas about five months ago and that has helped as well.
barbsc99 on September 24, 2012:
I have terrible outbreaks of DE on my right hand mostly and it seems to lead to outbreaks on my earlobe as well as my scalp. I have used neosporin eczema essentials for about 6 months and while I do tend to get some relief with the product, it does not heal it. My diet, if I manage to stay completely gluten free does more good than anything unless I want to go on steroid treatments. I hate taking them so I am constantly trying to find other options. I have been able to find cotton gloves by the dozen on ebay when searching for inspectors' cotton gloves.
I hope this information helps.
jadea on August 11, 2012:
thank you for this article!
what started out as a small rash on my right ring finger spread to my pinky and middle fingers and on my palm btwn the ring and middle fingers. Ive noticed its from excessive washing since I had my son I wash my hands after every diaper change plus washing the dishes etc. Just thinking about water touching my hand makes it start itching!
Ive been trying the diaper rash cream and it really help heal. Will be buying the coconut oil bc I desperately need moisture and I have so many lotions but they just end up irritating more due to all the chemicals I suppose. Baby lotion and baby oil feel great though compared to other lotions but it is short lived.
I do really need to know, where did you get the cotton gloves?? Ive been searching online and haven't come across a good pair. I can't avoid cleaning and cooking forever:/
Sam on August 03, 2012:
Somehow got what appeared to be a small fungal infection on the small flap of skin between the third and fourth fingers on my left hand. Not a big deal, applied tonalftate cream.
Within two days, had a flare-up of dyshidrotic eczema (vesicles, itch, red rash) on the same patch, plus a similar flare-up on the flap of skin between the third and fourth fingers on my right hand. Exact mirror location... Weird or what!
Stopped tonalftate application immediately and left it alone for a while (about 3 days) to see what would happen. Rashes stayed, itched, vesicles started weeping as well. New vesicles popping up daily.
Assumed it was an allergic reaction, so started taking oral antihistamines. Rashes started to subside, vesicles started shrinking, drying up. Took around 1 week.
After that, next problem, the drying skin started to crack. Applied diaper rash cream (primarily zinc oxide). Not taking antihistamines anymore. No more itch, no new vesicles, just waiting for the dry skin and cracks to heal, which it appears to be, slowly.
Hoping that the situation does not reverse!
thehowlingowl (author) from North Carolina on June 11, 2012:
Thanks everyone for commenting. I'm sorry to hear that many of you have the same issues.
I can't recall any fungal infections prior to my break out. I do remember having a few very small bumps for several months then all of a sudden it erupted. May have something to do with stress. I did some research about candida overgrowth which is considered to be fungal I believe. I gave up sugar for a week and saw an extreme improvement to my hands. I went back to my old diet though. I had to give up fruit for all the sugar to be gone and it was really hard. I've had more flare-ups but not as bad. I plan to go back on the sugar free, dairy free and gluten free plan soon. I will let you know how it goes!
Itchy and scratchy on June 09, 2012:
Had to come back again and share this post: http://www.skincell.org/community/index.php?PHPSES...
Read reply number 4 by Carolethecatlover
It seemed to really click with what I have been suffering with and my own research. Could it all be down to fungal/bacterial overgrowth??
Itchy and Scratchy on June 05, 2012:
I have had the same thing for over a month now which has now progressed in outbreaks of hives at the same time. I too have been experimenting and coconut oil is good!!
I am just curious. Did you have a fungal infection before the first outbreak occurred and what were you treating it with?
I'm still trying to discover what could have triggered this as I am generally not a stressful person, except when I keep getting told I am by the doctors!!
Thanks for this post anyway. Really helpful.
Eczemafor19yrs on April 11, 2012:
Thanks for posting....it helps to know that there Re others that suffer from this as well. I am always scouring the Internet looking for any remedies....
Itchy Skin on April 02, 2012:
I have had atopic dermatitis since I was an infant and am always searching for a miracle product to rid me of my eczema for good. I have been [trying to be] gluten free for the last year or so and it stinks, hence the "trying". I wish you all the best!
thehowlingowl (author) from North Carolina on March 21, 2012:
Thanks so much. It's been a struggle and I'm always looking for new remedies. Thinking about trying tea tree oil as well. Thanks for commenting!
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