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Persistently dry, red, cracked and itchy skin could be a sign of dermatitis or eczema which is a skin inflammation. Allergies, stress, genetic factors and environmental irritants can cause or co-contribute to the condition. Treatment involves medications and self care such as reducing hand washing, using cool or lukewarm water, using a heavy moisturizer and using hypoallergenic soap. For severe cases of itching and swelling, steroid creams, antihistamines or oral corticosteroids may be prescribed. Extreme cases may require antibiotics, light treatments, medicated soaks or oral immune altering medication.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Newswise - Mayo Clinic
About: Dermatitis can cause hands to be dry, red, cracked and itchy
Date: 23 December 2004
Source: Newswise - Mayo Clinic
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