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Dyshidrotic Eczema of the Feet

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If you have dyshidrotic eczema, also called pompholyx, your skin itches and blisters. It’s a type of eczema that usually affects your hands or feet. In some cases, it can affect both at the same time. Dyshidrotic eczema is more common in women than men and often starts when people are young adults. The exact cause isn’t known but may be related to stress or contact with certain metals or other substances. Although there’s no cure for this condition, treatment can help relieve symptoms

Dyshidrotic eczema causes small, fluid-filled bumps called vesicles to form on your palms, soles of your feet or sides of your fingers. These vesicles break open and leak clear fluid within hours to days after they appear (acute phase). As the acute phase subsides — generally within one to three weeks — crusted erosions develop over the areas where the original bumps were located (subacute phase). After another week or two has passed (chronic phase), deep fissures might form between affected toes as well as thickened skin that peels off easily.

The skin changes associated with dyshidrotic eczema can be extremely itchy. The itching might worsen when you’re sweating or your hands are in water. Scratching the bumps can lead to infection and permanent scarring of the affected areas.

Dyshidrotic eczema can occur at any age, but it’s most common in adults between 20 and 40 years old. The condition is slightly more common in women than men.


  • Liz Brown

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