Dermatology/Dyshidrotic Eczema



I have dyshidrotic eczema on my hands. I have a prescription ointment, clobetasol propionate, that helps tame flares. However, it keeps coming back. The clobetasol gets rid of it,  but then two weeks later, I have bubbles all over my hands again.

My insurance recently changed and I am unable to afford visiting my dermatologist. Is there anything I can do to help prevent flare ups?



Stress makes this skin condition worse.
Scratching the rash should be avoided
Skin exposure to water should be limited
Use hand cream to moisturize hands after washing them
Protect the hands from any irritants such as lotions that are perfumed or dishwashing soap
Moisturize the hands or feet frequently so that they do not get dry
Soak the affected areas with white vinegar or salt water soak for a period of time
Never rub the skin but rather gently pad dry the skin in order to avoid any irritation
Hot baths should be avoided instead use lukewarm baths
Use only fragrance free, gentle soaps as well as other skin care products
Avoid nickel completely
Avoid harsh cleaning products such as detergents, chemicals and even with those which are mild, wear protective cotton gloves not synthetic ones.
Avoid scratching and keep nails clean and short


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