Understanding Dry, Scaling, Cracking Hands

Have you noticed cracking, scaling and dryness on your hands? Maybe you’ve tried over the counter hand creams and lotions, but your skin is still painful and just won’t heal? You may be suffering from hand dermatitis (eczema).

Patients with hand dermatitis suffer from several symptoms including chapped skin, itching skin, small blisters on the palms of the hand or between the fingers, itching or burning of the skin or even deep cracks that cause bleeding or weeping skin.

Treatment of hand dermatitis is twofold – one part is treating the symptoms and the second part is finding out the initial cause. Coming into contact with chemicals, frequent exposure to water and other exposures can cause hand eczema. Common professions of patients with this skin condition include hair stylists, dish washers, medical professionals and others who come in contact with chemicals or detergents.

If you have dry, chapped or cracked hands that do not improve with the use of over the counter hand creams or if you have any pain, burning or itching of the skin, it may be time to see your dermatology providers for treatment. While hand dermatitis isn’t contagious or harmful, it can be a cause of infection as well as pain and embarrassment.

Please contact us at (952) 929-8888 to schedule your appointment today.

Brooke Moss, PA-C, MPH is a board-certified dermatology Physician Assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Edina and Downtown Minneapolis locations.

October is Eczema Awareness Month

Eczema, also called “atopic dermatitis”, is a common condition generally categorized as dry, red, itchy skin and affecting over three million people in the United States every year.

For this month’s Eczema Awareness Month we are answers to five common questions about Eczema.

  1. Is my eczema contagious? No! You cannot get eczema by coming into contact with someone who has the skin condition. There is a hereditary link associated with eczema so it is common for family members to all be affected. Eczema can also be caused by environmental exposures and things like pet dander and dust – so seeing roommates with eczema is not uncommon as well.
  2. I read that only young children get eczema, is this true? Although young children tend to have the most severe forms of eczema, the condition can affect your skin at any age. We treat patients of all ages for eczema in our offices.
  3. I saw a cream that advertises a cure for eczema, is this real? Unfortunately there is no cure for eczema; however, under the care of your dermatology provider there are many different treatment options that can be used to treat current symptoms and prevent eczema from flaring again. Ranging from topical lotions and creams, to injectable pills and light therapy – our providers are able to offer our patients afflicted with eczema a variety of treatment options.
  4. What should I do if I think I have eczema? If you have been suffering from itchy, dry or red skin that does not resolve on its own – time to make an appointment! Our medical providers will be able to identify your eczema and provide treatment options. It is important to correctly diagnose your skin condition because eczema has also been found to have a negative impact on overall health and quality of life. Patients who are prone to eczema sometimes also suffer from skin infections, difficulty sleeping, asthma and allergies.
  5. If I just moisturize my skin, the eczema will go away right? Wrong! Although emollient moisturizer is one part of a comprehensive eczema treatment plan, in most cases it is not enough to treat symptoms and prevent flares. Also – not all moisturizer is created equal, and you want to be sure you’re employing the best strategies possible to clear your skin and keep it that way!

Don’t struggle with eczema any longer! Contact us today to schedule your appointment at any of our three Twin Cities dermatology clinics.

Brooke Moss, PA-C, MPH is a board certified Physician Assistant specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology. She is currently accepting new patients in our Edina and Downtown Minneapolis locations.