COVID 19 UPDATE
Frequent hand washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizers can damage the skin barrier leading to inflammation, itching and in severe cases infection. Hand washing is paramount when there is a real risk of covid 19 exposure. However, when you are washing your hands within your own home after cooking or using the bathroom a soap substitute could be used. These are cream products that clean without causing any drying effect.– your pharmacist may be able to direct you to a suitable product.
Moisturisers (emollients) are an essential part of treating hand dermatitis. They help repair the damaged outer skin and lock moisture in the skin, making it soft and supple again. They should be applied after hand washing, repeatedly through the day and whenever the skin feels dry.
Some people find overnight moisturising treatments beneficial. Apply a generous layer of a plain moisturiser just before you go to bed, then put on a pair of clean cotton gloves and leave overnight.
Consider wearing gloves when coming into contact with soap and water not directly related to hand washing such as washing up.
Those with severe hand dermatitis may need to ask their GP for further advice and should do so by telephone during the outbreak. Usually a potent steroid cream is required daily for 10 to 14 days
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Eczema (also called dermatitis) is an increasingly common skin condition seen in all ages. There are different types of eczema:
– Atopic or inbuilt (endogenous), where one is prone to getting dry skin
– Dyshidrotic eczema or hand eczema- a intensely itchy form of eczema usually located along the sides of fingers and toes.
– Allergic contact dermatitis occurs through repeated exposure to chemicals found within daily skin care products, clothing dyes, preservatives or within the work environment.
– Irritant dermatitis caused through chronic exposure to chemicals that damage the skin
– Discoid eczema
– Facial eczema
Treatments for eczema can be life changing but are dictated by the type, site and extent.
Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry and cracked. Atopic eczema is more common in children, often developing before their first birthday. It may also develop for the first time in adults. It’s usually a long-term (chronic) condition, although it can improve significantly, or even clear completely, in some children as they get older.