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How To Get Rid Of Embarrassing Eczema On Your Hands

How To Get Rid Of Embarrassing Eczema On Your Hands

Hand eczema or contact dermatitis of the hands, both irritant and allergic, represents about 30% of occupational contact dermatitis cases and requires special care. Hand eczema is an important cause for itchy palms and could be quite troublesome.

Different Types of Hand Eczema Causing Itchy Palms

Depending upon the clinical presentations, hand eczema causing itchy palms is classified into different types. Each of these types of hand eczema has differing presentations.

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Here some of the most common types of hand eczema:

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  • Atopic hand eczema : This type of eczema is triggered by contact with irritants and affects one or both dorsal hands and palms.
  • Nummular eczema : Also called discoid eczema is a type of eczema that tends to affect the dorsal surfaces of the hands and fingers.
  • Vesicular hand eczema : Also known as pompholyx is a type of eczema that affects the palms and the sides of the hands and fingers in the form of intensely itchy crops of skin-coloured blisters.
  • Fingertip eczema : Fingertip eczema can be isolated to one or several fingers.

Tips on How to Get Rid of Itchy Palms Caused by Hand Eczema

The treatment of itchy palms caused by hand eczema or contact dermatitis of the hands involves more of preventive measures on the part of the sufferer rather than curative steps.

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Some of those preventive measures to consider are as follows:

  • Use a moisturizing hand cream, for exmple, Sebamed hand + nail balm many times a day, to keep the skin moist.
  • When eczema is present, apply topical steroids according to the severity of the eruptions, as directed by your doctor.
  • Washing hands: Avoid too much washing. In the kitchen, do the wet chores simultaneously. Use lukewarm water and soap substitutes for washing. Dry the hand thoroughly after washing and apply the moisturizer immediately.
  • Avoid contact with detergent concentrates. Always dilute them before washing utensils.
  • Avoid soaps with fragrance and containing tar, sulfur or salicylic acid.
  • If you are exposed to irritants like industrial oils, detergents or other chemicals, always use gloves to handle them. Avoid rubber gloves; use plastic gloves with cotton lining inside.
  • While cooking, if you have to cut irritants like garlic, put them in water first (after removing the outer cover), apply cooking oil to your hands, then proceed with the cutting.
  • While washing utensils in the kitchen, use a long handled brush and use plastic gloves as described above. Better still, get a dish washer if you suffer from hand eczema.
  • If you drive a lot, always use a sunblock cream with SPF 100 to the back of your hands.
  • Avoid applying hair products, including shampoos and gels, with your bare hands. Always use gloves if you have hand eczema.
  • Do not peel citrus fruits like lemon and orange with your bare hands.
  • Avoid contact with any type of polish – shoe, window, car and furniture.
  • Avoid contact with solvents like petrol, xylene etc. These run through rubber gloves, hence use vinyl gloves for these jobs.
  • Wear thick cotton gloves during cold weather.
  • Add water softeners to your washing water; this will reduce the quantity of soap and detergents required for cleansing.
  • If you use nail polish removers, always apply moisturizers beforehand to the surrounding skin and take care to apply the remover only to the nails.
  • Individuals with hand eczema are at risk of secondary infection, hence should wear protective gloves while cleansing soiled clothes, toilets etc.
  • If there is inflammation and throbbing pain, consult your doctor for a prescription antibiotic.
  • Individuals with hand eczema should avoid handling food, as the bacteria present on the hands can cause food poisoning.
  • Apply copious amounts of barrier creams during your daily chores to avoid contact with potential irritants.
  • Finally, be aware of the foods to avoid for eczema. The most common foods that cause or trigger eczema symptoms include wheat, cows’ milk, soya, eggs, fish, and nuts.

If you follow the above tips on how to get rid of hand eczema, your itchy palms or hands will get better and your skin will once again regain the lost resilience and softness.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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