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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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