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Anyone have or have some insight into dyshidrotic eczema?

Answered on December 05, 2014
Created April 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I've been a lifelong eczema sufferer, and like all of my skin conditions, it got 90% better once I eliminated gluten. But occasionally, I will get hit with a case of dyshidrosis/dyshidrotic eczema (if you don't know what it is, it differs from "normal" atopic eczema by starting out as very painful blisters, which eventually crust over).

So this morning I was sitting in a boring meeting and I notice I've developed a few blisters on my right fingers. So I start googling and I read the Wikipedia article on it which says that it often presents itself with swollen glands - which I had also been complianing about this morning. Interesting!

Unfortunately, all I could get for causes of this condition are the usual: allergens, stress, alcohol, blah blah, sunlight (not an issue in a conference room all day), and "secondary to problems in the gut"? Well, that's interesting.

What I do know is that I have had outbreaks of dyshydrosis concurrently with regular atopic eczema back in the days when I always had eczema. But I've also had many cases that were not associated with an outbreak of atopic eczema (like today). And atopic eczema never presented with swollen glands. So I'm wondering if anyone else has some information on the particular immune system contributions to this condition, or what it might be telling me.

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on April 25, 2012
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Thanks for your experience. I hate to break it to you, but nuts were a huge eczema trigger for me. Gave them up about 2 years ago. I'd like to think in the future, if I can heal my gut enough, I may be able to eat them again, but for now, they're a big no.

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on April 25, 2012
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While they say frequent exposure to water can be one trigger, it's hardly the only one. I immerse my hands in water as little as possible (as my sink full of dirty dishes would attest). You may have a sensitivity to chlorine, which often is incresed in water supplies in the summer because of higher organics and higher water temperatures. I'm trying to figure out what other systemic immune factors are in play.

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on April 25, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Just like you, I have this in addition to regular eczema. It's seriously THE WORST THING EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. Mine started a few summers ago out of the blue and because I was breast feeding my son at the time I couldn't find a dermatologist who'd prescribe me anything so my hands were basically disfigured. The burning and itching were so intense I'd cry. I'm a SAHM so a big part of my life is spent washing dishes and as was mentioned before, water is the devil for dyshidrotic eczema. (I now use gloves whenever I wash dishes as a preventative).

Here's what I have found makes mine flair: stress and humidity. Here's what I have found that helps: the aforementioned gloves to wash dishes and this stuff as much as possible. Gloves in a Bottle Basically, it creates a barrier on your hands for when you have to wash them repeatedly -- like I do because I wipe kids butts all day. ;) The soap goes through but there's a protecting shield like substance that I'd rather not know how it's sourced because it works and LA LA LA LA LA [/covering ears]

Also, this stuff. It's the big guns for sure (steroid) but it was the only thing that would keep mine under control and stop the itchy/burning in its tracks. Once I had it under control I could putz around with natural remedies. I only use the big guns when it's super bad, though, because, well, for obvious reasons. I'm hoping being Paleo will prevent mine from rearing its ugly head this coming summer but my regular eczema is still acting up after 1 month + (including the Whole30) so either it's not at all food related or the culprit is nuts (and that would suck big hairy moose balls).

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on April 25, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Thanks for your experience. I hate to break it to you, but nuts were a huge eczema trigger for me. Gave them up about 2 years ago. I'd like to think in the future, if I can heal my gut enough, I may be able to eat them again, but for now, they're a big no.

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on April 25, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Dyshydrotic eczema is typically caused by exposure to water--were you recently using a different kind of tap water (I know that here, when the water treatment plant gears up mid-summer and changes their chemical mixtures, I have to use only filtered water on my skin, or I end up with DHE.

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on April 25, 2012
at 06:40 PM

While they say frequent exposure to water can be one trigger, it's hardly the only one. I immerse my hands in water as little as possible (as my sink full of dirty dishes would attest). You may have a sensitivity to chlorine, which often is incresed in water supplies in the summer because of higher organics and higher water temperatures. I'm trying to figure out what other systemic immune factors are in play.

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on December 05, 2014
at 11:56 PM

 

Hello, you may be interested in the testimonial that Allerg’Atopie published on her Facebook page. She has been suffering from severe pompholyx (also called dyshidrotic eczema or dyshidrosis) and reports wonderful results with products from SKINTIFIQUE. This is a new derm company launched by a Harvard Professor and a group of experts from Boston and Paris. The products include a Lotion designed primarily to provide moisturizing and protection against Nickel, Chromium and other metals (pompholyx is often a result of allergy to metals), and a Gel cream that provides intense moisturizing and soothing relief to sensitive, allergic or damaged skin. They do not contain any steroids and other drugs known to harm skin over the long run. Hope this can help some readers in this forum

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on August 13, 2013
at 01:03 AM

trea tree oil soap calms my outbreaks down.

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on July 04, 2013
at 12:22 PM

My trigger is always seasonal -- every time summer comes around, the bumps show up. I have no nasal conditions (runny nose, sneezing) to speak of, but it's possible this is my body's personal manifestation of allergies. Of course the bumps get worse if I'm swimming in a lot of freshwater and living in moist air conditions, both of which are more frequent events in the summer. (Salt water seems to dry them out though!) And when it's hot my fingers tend to swell, so maybe the swelling is creating them by opening up space between the cells and allowing fluids to collect?

Last night I did the dishes right before bed... BIG MISTAKE! I didn't notice an immediate reaction at the time, but when I woke up this morning the burning/itching had intensified three-fold and so had the number of vesicles! I think that soaps irritate them, too. Did you happen to switch to a new lotion, soap, or shampoo at the time?

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on July 09, 2012
at 08:29 PM

I have Dyshidrotic eczema on both my hands and feet. A few years back it got so bad I had to have my hands bandaged and I had to use crutches to get about as there was no surface left on the soles of my feet:( Touch wood it hasn't been that bad since but have had a few bad flare ups which I was hoping paleo would help with. So I started on the paleo diet and to be honest felt even worse than I had done before, I pushed ahead thinking it would just take some time to get used to it, my hands and feet have just gotten progressively worse though. Started a little job a month or so ago in an off licence and noticed quite a sudden turn for the worse in my skin. The cogs began to creak and I thought hmmm I am handling a lot of change, Nickel.... looked up the connection between Nickel and Dyshidrotic and discovered that the majority of foods I had been eating contain Nickel! For the last week I have been avoiding all Nickel containing foods and no new blisters and my hands and feet are starting to look a bit better, ordered some gloves in a bottle which arrived this morning for work to try and keep the coins off my skin. Problem now is that with Paleo restrictions plus my food allergies and now the Nickel diet I have very little left to eat. I am still breastfeeding my almost three year old, though only a couple of times a day. I am being super good with the diets but to be honest I feel like crap, I am tired all the time, weak, chest pains and headaches and runny nose. I have bruises everywhere and just feel yucky:( No idea what I am going to do, I can't bring myself to go back to eating grain though I did cave and eat a potato cake yesterday, three hours digging on the allotment on a slice of cheese and an apple and it was the best I could find. Have heard that poppy seeds help to rid the body of Nickel, even though they contain it, may give that a go cos I really need my veggies back.

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on May 12, 2012
at 10:13 AM

A cream that almost immediately calms my Dyshidrotic eczema is 'URIAGE' hand cream. I just came on here to write this because I had an outbreak last night and without this cream I don't know what i would have done. Here is a link to the exact cream: http://www.leguidesante.co.uk/2841/purchase/hand-cream-75ml/

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