When you have dyshidrotic eczema, your skin can’t protect itself as well as it should. This makes your skin more likely to react to things that wouldn’t bother people with healthy skin, such as soaps, cosmetics, and even the weather. Cold compresses can help ease the itchiness and pain of a flare-up. Here’s how:
Fill a clean bowl with ice cubes or cold water. Dip a soft cloth into the cold water and wring it out so it’s not dripping wet. Place the cloth on your affected area for about five minutes at a time. Repeat this process several times each day until you get relief from your symptoms.”
In addition to using a cold compress, there are other things you can do to treat dyshidrotic eczema flare-ups:
• Apply a thick moisturizer to your skin several times a day.
• Avoid hot showers and baths, detergents, harsh soaps, and other irritants that can dry out your skin.
• Wear loose-fitting clothes made of soft fabrics like cotton.
• Take antihistamines to help relieve itchiness.
If your eczema is not responding to home treatment, see your doctor. They may prescribe a stronger topical steroid or other medication to get your flare-up under control.
The first records of eczema date back to the early 17th century. At that time, it was called “the itch” and was thought to be contagious. It wasn’t until 1808 that German dermatologist Ferdinand von Hebra gave the condition its current name, which comes from the Greek word for boiling over or eruption.
While the exact cause of eczema is unknown, it’s thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It’s more common in people who have a family history of allergies or asthma. And research suggests that exposure to certain irritants, like chemicals, detergents, and smoke, can trigger eczema flare-ups.
Eczema can occur at any age, but it’s most common in infants and children. In fact, about 65% of people with eczema develop the condition before they turn 1 year old. It’s also more common in girls than boys.
There are several different types of eczema, each with its own set of symptoms. The most common form is Atopic dermatitis, which typically begins in childhood and often improves or goes away entirely by adulthood. Other forms include contact dermatitis (caused by skin contact with an irritant), nummular eczema (characterized by round patches), seborrheic dermatitis (which causes scaly yellowish or reddish patches) ichthyosis vulgaris (a genetic disorder that results in dry, thickened skin).
The good news is that there are effective treatments available for all types of eczema. If you think you might have the condition, see your doctor so they can make a diagnosis and recommend the best course of treatment for you.