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Treatments for Hand eczema

Treatments for Hand eczema:

Hand eczema treatment: Treatment is aimed primarily at identifying and avoiding triggering factors. Identification and avoidance of triggering factors is the most effective treatment but sometimes the allergen can't be identified or is not completely avoidable so other measures need to be utilized: protective measures such as gloves prevent direct contact with irritating substance and also protects against weather extremes, moisturising the skin stops it from drying out and corticosteroid creams can reduce inflammation (various strengths may be used depending on the severity of the condition). Antibiotics may be needed if an infection develops.

Treatment List for Hand eczema

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Hand eczema includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Identification and avoidance of causative agents
  • If agent unavoidable (eg necessary for occupation), use barriers such as gloves to avoid contact
  • Emollient creams - e.g. Sorbeline for dry skin
  • Wet dressings of zinc oxide and coal tar
  • Topical glucocorticoids (steroid creams)
  • Antibiotic creams for infected areas
  • Oral glucocorticoids if severe or widespread over other parts of body
  • UV or PUVA therapy
  • Topical immunomodulators - Pimecrolimus and Tacrolimus - may be used as an alternative to topical steroids, but long term side effects have not been fully elucidated

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