Disclaimer: This article is meant to be an informative guide, and information provided within should not take the place of professional medical advice. Should you be worried about the subject of the article, we advise you to seek professional medical advice.
Do your hands happen to have clusters of tiny fluid-filled blisters, similar to the shape of bubbles on your hands or feet? If you do you absolutely have to continue reading on.
This happens because of a thankfully rare skin condition known as dyshidrosis. The symptoms usually persist for about 3 weeks, before drying up and giving a rather scaly appearance to the affected area.
However, it has been known that the blisters may recur before the area is completely healed. Rest assured, this condition is not contagious so you don’t have to worry about infecting others, although it might look rather unsightly to some.
Small blisters will appear, usually on the sides or tips of your hands and feet, around the palms, fingers, toes and soles. These blisters are not easy to get rid of, and in more severe cases, small groups of these “bubbles” can eventually form a large blister.
You may feel discomfort, itchiness or no symptoms at all at the affected site. It may also alter the appearance of afflicted appendages, nails will look pitted.
The cause of dyshidrosis is still unknown, but it has been said to be triggered by several conditions.
- Allergic reactions especially to nickel, chromium and cobalt
- Irritating substances which can cause some people to develop sensitive skin which can lead to dyshidrosis
- Those who are afflicted with atopic eczema are more likely to later develop dyshidrosis
- Dyshidrosis also frequently appears if sufferers are stressed
Treatment and Precautions
Over the years, there are numerous treatments available for dyshidrosis, but few especially developed to treat this condition. Generally, doctors will prescribe topical ointments or in more severe cases, oral medication is given as well.
Corticosteroids can be taken in tablet form or as an ointment which will help hasten the healing process but in the long run, steroids can be harmful to your health. Antihistamines can also be consumed to lessen itchiness caused by dyshidrosis.
It is always wise to consult your doctor if you are unsure about any treatment. As a preventative measure, it is helpful to try to avoid coming into contact with the abovementioned metals so you do not cause an outbreak.
If you have to be exposed to irritants, make sure that you are wearing the proper protective equipment. It may be hard to refrain from scratching the blisters when they itch but this will lead to the blisters bursting open, whereby the skin will start to turn red and cracked.
Above all, do remember to relax and calm as being stressed is also another trigger.
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