Tips on managing contact dermatitis on the hands

April 25, 2016

Contact dermatitis is a form of eczema that's caused when the skin is exposed to irritants and allergens for a prolonged period of time. Some of these irritants can include chemical cleaning products, synthetic fragrances, solvents, powders (like dust and even flour) as well as toiletries containing preservatives.

If your hands have become dry, itchy, sore, cracked and painful as a result of contact dermatitis here are some tips on how to manage your condition:

  1. Avoid the particular allergen or irritant that causes your eczema if you can! This is the best prevention.
  2. Wear gloves when doing any household chores to protect your hands from disinfectants and chemical sprays.
  3. Use toiletries that are free from fragrances and bypass scented hand lotions that can make your hands sting.
  4. Choose a mild and gentle cleanser for your hands like Baby's Pure Shea Butter Soap. Use this to wash your hands with instead of a chemical soap that contains ingredients that trigger your eczema.
  5. Is it your shampoo that's causing your dermatitis? Have you recently changed the brand you use? Stop using it to see if this is the source of the problem. If your eczema is very bad try using gloves in the shower to avoid getting product on your hands.
  6. If you're exposed to irritants at your place of work (for example if you're a baker and can't avoid using flour) then it's vital that you keep your hands moisturised and protected as often as you can. Flour and dust particles dry out the skin, which increases the urge to scratch that itch; keep your hands hydrated by using a richly-textured salve like Baby's Everything Body Balm.

It can feel like absolute agony when your hands are sore and painful to the touch. Manage your condition and take care of your hands with products that are gentle on the skin to promote healing.

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