Hand/ Foot Dermatitis or Dyshidrotic Eczema, is a common skin condition with symptoms consisting of itching, redness, blistering, weeping and painful cracking of the palms and soles which is caused by an abnormality in the immune system. This condition is often associated with eczema, hay fever, asthma or an allergic or irritant reaction to a specific substance and tends to be a chronic condition that improves and worsens without apparent reason. For foot dermatitis the main trigger is sweating. Since over the counter creams and lotions contain many ingredients that can further irritate the skin we recommend a plain white petrolatum (Vaseline) which is a great protectant and if applied to moist skin it will hold the moisture in and keep irritants away from the skin surface.
Are your hands or feet itchy or red?
May 11, 2015