Having eczema is uncomfortable and irritating; having hand eczema can be worse. You use your hands for a lot of things everyday. If your hands are not in good condition, it would be very difficult to finish all your tasks. Since the hands are always exposed, it would also be very hard to hide those unsightly lesions and rashes.
Hand eczema is commonly caused by certain allergens like strong solvents, harsh chemicals found in certain products such as cleaning agents and environmental elements like wind and sunlight. In treating this condition, the first step you have to do is to determine what triggered the rashes. It may be something you've touched or something you've been exposed to. If you're having a difficult time finding the cause, it is important to take down notes of everything you've handled just before you noticed the itchiness and lesions. This may be a tedious task but may become very helpful in treating your condition.
To relieve the itch, you may use some over the counter steroidal creams. Even if you only have mild eczema, it is still wise to consult your dermatologist before applying any topical medications.
Whenever you know you'd be handling extremely irritating chemicals such as acids or strong cleaning solutions, be sure to keep your hands protected. Always use gloves. Highly volatile solvents such as acetone, ethyl acetate, and alcohols can be very drying to the skin. These substances can quickly remove the skin's protective moisture. If your hands come in contact with these chemicals, be sure to wash your hands and apply an unscented moisturizer or lotion.
Sometimes, hand eczema occurs because the hands are not properly moisturized, making it prone to infections. There are plenty of hand creams and lotions available on the market. Find a product that will give your skin enougn moisture and the protection it needs.