Are you dealing with an itchy rash between fingers and toes? Known as dyshidrotic eczema, this is a type of eczema that affects the hand and feet. It’s also commonly referred to as pompholyx eczema. While it’s usually a chronic condition, there are ways to manage these itchy bumps and find soothing relief.
In this blog post, we explore dyshidrotic eczema in more detail, including:
- Causes of dyshidrotic eczema
- Signs and symptoms
- Natural ways to soothe itchy bumps
Read on to learn more about dyshidrotic eczema and how you can soothe the itchy bumps between fingers and toes using holistic, natural remedies.
What is dyshidrotic eczema?
Dyshidrotic eczema is a type of eczema that causes small blisters and dry patches of itchy skin, usually on the hands and feet. In particular, the blisters can develop on the edges of fingers, soles and sides of feet, and toes. These blisters can come and go, typically lasting 2-3 weeks at a time. Dyshidrotic eczema flare ups often coincide with seasonal allergies in the spring and summer months. It is more likely to affect women than men and people ages 20 to 40. Dyshidrotic eczema is not contagious.
What causes dyshidrotic eczema?
Like all types of eczema, the exact cause is unknown. However, it’s associated with a few conditions such as atopic dermatitis, fungal and bacterial infections, allergic skin reactions, excessive sweating, contact with nickel or cement, and exposure to irritants found in soap, hand sanitizers, detergents, and other beauty products. Frequent hand washing can also increase the risk of developing dyshidrotic eczema, which is why healthcare workers, hairdressers, and chefs are often affected. Dyshidrotic eczema is also more likely to occur if you are under stress.
Signs and symptoms
If you suspect you may be dealing with dyshidrotic eczema, here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for:
- Small blisters and rashy skin appearing on hands and feet
- Blisters filled with clear fluid
- Blisters that appear in clusters between fingers and toes or on the edges of fingers, toes, palms, or soles of the feet
- Blisters that are very itchy
- Painful blisters
- Rashy, scaly, red and cracked skin on fingertips and elsewhere appearing around the blisters
- Blisters that dry and peel around two to three weeks
Natural ways to soothe itchy bumps
Although there is no cure for dyshidrotic eczema, there are ways to manage symptoms and soothe discomfort and itchiness.
Keeping the skin well hydrated is a great way to combat the itch. Our Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream is a gentle moisturizer that’s made with just 6 ingredients, including powerful, antibacterial manuka honey. An oil-based balm, it keeps the skin hydrated from head to toe, and every space in between. It’s safe and effective to use on kids and adults alike.
If irritants or chemicals found in soaps or shower products are affecting your skin and causing irritation, you can avoid triggers by switching to a natural soap. This 3 ingredient Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap Bar combines coconut oil, shea butter, and sunflower oil to create a fatty moisturizer that leaves your skin feeling smooth, soothed, and refreshed. It’s the best natural soap for eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin, and more.
Wear protective clothing
To protect your feet and find soothing relief, we recommend these Remedywear™ TENCEL socks for adults and kids. They’re made with ultra-soft, stretchy material to keep the feet cool and free from sweaty irritation. Bonus, the zinc helps fight stinky feet! These Remedywear™ Gloves for adults and kids are also made with TENCEL and embedded with zinc oxide to bring soothing relief to fingers, palms, and hands.
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