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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is hand eczema?

Patients who are in contact with harsh soaps and detergents are particularly prone to developing this skin condition.

Symptoms of hand eczema

  • Skin problem over the back of the hand

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Skin abnormality

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hand eczema

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hand eczema

  • Do your symptoms on your hand affect the skin past the wrist area?

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

Treatment for hand eczema

Avoid harsh soaps and detergents, and wear gloves if necessary. Moisturizers and steroid creams can help with healing.

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