Up to 10% of people will suffer from hand dermatitis at some point.
The signs and symptoms of hand dermatitis may initially come and go. Without treatment and preventive measures, hand dermatitis can become severe.
The following are common signs and symptoms:
Treatment nearly always requires:
Protection is critical — wear gloves to avoid contact with harsh chemicals both in the workplace and home. Avoid allergens such as nickel based jewelry, watch straps etc.
Watch out for common chemical irritants that may trigger an atopic eczema flare-up. Often ingredients found in well known personal care or cosmetic brands can irritate. Even some brands labeled 'hypoallergenic', 'sensitive' or 'natural' contain unnecessary additives & harsh chemicals.
In particular, look out for fragrances, colors and harsh preservatives such as parabens (butylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben) or methylisothiazolinone.
For liquid cleansers such as body washes, hand washes or shampoo watch out for SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) or CAPB (cocamidopropyl betaine) — both of these ingredients have been known to trigger contact dermatitis.