Hand Dermatitis

Hand dermatitis is a common skin condition that causes inflammation of the skin on the hands. It’s often characterised by redness, dryness, itching, and cracking. This condition can be due to various factors, including atopic dermatitis (a form of eczema), contact with irritants, or a allergic reactions to certain substances. The condition can range from mild, occasional flare-ups to a chronic, severe disorder that impacts daily activities and quality of life.

Hand Dermatitis

Hand dermatitis is a common skin condition that causes inflammation of the skin on the hands. It’s often characterised by redness, dryness, itching, and cracking. This condition can be due to various factors, including atopic dermatitis (a form of eczema), contact with irritants, or a allergic reactions to certain substances. The condition can range from mild, occasional flare-ups to a chronic, severe disorder that impacts daily activities and quality of life.

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Key Points

What is hand dermatitis?

Hand dermatitis is an inflammatory condition of the skin on the hands and or fingers, which can be triggered by various underlying conditions such as atopic dermatitis, contact with irritants, or allergic reactions. It leads to symptoms such as dryness, redness, itching and sometimes small blisters.

Who gets hand dermatitis?

Hand dermatitis can affect anyone but is more common in individuals frequently exposed to water, detergents, chemicals, or those with a history of eczema. Occupations such as healthcare, cleaning, and hairdressing are at higher risk.

Clinical features

Hand dermatitis presents as red, itchy, and dry skin, often leading to cracking and soreness. In severe cases, blistering, peeling, or secondary infection may occur. It frequently affects the palms and sides of the fingers.

Diagnosis and differential diagnosis

Diagnosis is typically based on the appearance of the skin and patient history. Patch testing may be used to identify specific allergens in cases of suspected allergic contact dermatitis. It is important to differentiate hand dermatitis from other skin conditions like psoriasis.

Impact and complications

Hand dermatitis can significantly impair a person’s ability to perform daily tasks, especially in severe cases. The condition can also cause psychological distress due to its visibility and the discomfort it causes.

Appropriate hand care

  • Hand Washing –  Use lukewarm water and fragrance-free, mild cleansers instead of soap.
  • Moisturising –  Regular application of fragrance-free moisturisers to maintain skin hydration.
  • Protection –  Wearing gloves when using detergents or cleaning agents.

Treatment Options for hand dermatitis

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