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#1 cinnamonnutmeg

Posted 11 January 2020 - 07:13 AM

I am in the early stages of stress related dermatitis on both my hands. It started yesterday. At the moment my hands are burning and itching, but the red bumps haven't come up yet. I have secondary inflammation on other parts of my body.

I know its going to get worse before it gets better. My hands will develop a thick layer of small red bumps, which will get blisters and then my skin will peel.

This process takes 2 weeks minimum to recover. Realistically its closer to 3 weeks

I leave for america in 10 days. Is there ANYTHING anyone knows that I can do to kill this now. I've started antihistamines and using the cream I was prescribed last time to help with the itching.

I know I need to see a doctor. I have an appt booked but its tomorrow. But I am in pain, I have a party to get ready for tonight and I can't do this again. It's happened 3 times in the past 12 months. I top of other flare ups in other areas.

Thanks in advance.

#2 Once Was A Pom

Posted 11 January 2020 - 07:31 AM

I have no advice but I can empathise as I suffer from this too.
I have found nothing helps, even the steroid cream from the doctor. I just have to wait for the skin to peel. Mine, at the moment, was triggered by a bee sting before Christmas and is now at the peeling stage, fortunately not too badly this time.
I use lots of moisturiser as that seems to prevent the cracking and bleeding that comes from the paper thin skin that is left behind - but I would be really interested if there is a magic treatment as it is so uncomfortable and unsightly!
I feel for you.

#3 Grrrumbles

Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:15 AM

Would wet dressings help? My DS used Dermasilk onesies when he was a toddler that had hand coverings but they also make adult gloves.

My mum uses the white cotton inner gloves you get from the supermarket inside washing up gloves to protect from irritation.

#4 Dianalynch

Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:23 AM

I feel for you, it’s awful is t it? I was also going to suggest wet dressings, with cortisone and dermeze underneath

some advice from the rch on how to apply the wet dressings and layer the creams


#5 EsmeLennox

Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:24 AM

Is the cream a cortisone?
You could try applying your prescribed cream and then a thickish layer of non-petroleum based moisturiser and wearing non-latex gloves to bed.
My DH gets terrible eczema on his hands and this really helps. He prefers Moogoo eczema cream moisturiser...but there are lots out there. Maybe even aqueous cream - cheap and pretty effective.

#6 laridae

Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:32 AM

You poor thing.  I had this happen for the first time when my dad died late November. My hands are still rough and tight feeling.
My DH gets the same thing quite a lot.
I don't think there is much more you can do. The steroid cream should help stop it and the antihistamine will help with the itching. Using a moisturiser seems to help too. I've just had to wait it out.

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