Many people have dyshidrotic dermatitis without knowing it. A person may experience itching blisters on the fingers and toes that last for about 3 weeks and then dissipate. Many people assume it is from heat, and don't think much of them.
However, blisters such as these can be diagnosed as a type of eczema called dyshidrotic dermatitis.
The exact cause of this form of eczema hasn't been found yet. It was previously thought that there was a correlation between dyshidrotic eczema and excess sweating of the hands and feet. This was, however, proven to be wrong. Some triggers have been identified, such as stress and allergic reactions.
It was also observed that recurring cases tend to occur in spring or summer, which may have something to do with the abundance of allergens in the air. Also, persons with atopic eczema are more likely to develop dyshidrotic dermatitis.
The symptoms of a person with dyshidrotic dermatitis include:
These blisters can appear on their own or in clusters. Scratching can cause the blisters to burst, which may further lead to cracking of the skin, pain, and an uneasy sight. It can also lead to infections. If not scratched, the blisters will flake off, leaving the skin beneath them red and sensitive.
There are several treatments available for dyshidrotic dermatitis. None of them should be attempted without a consultation with the doctor.
Whatever you do, don't scratch when you have this type of eczema! It's important to not make things worse by scratching, as it may leave you open to infections. The goal is to get it over with as soon as possible, and infections don't help with that. Here are a few tips:
Treatment may be easier said than done, but try not to stress out too much, both in general and related to your condition. Stress won't make you feel better. On the contrary, it will make things worse. Even if you're a teenager, don't feel ashamed or awkward because of it, it's not the end of the world, and you'll be just fine.
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