10 Years With Dyshidrosis

by Holly

While on vacation, I awoke one morning with clear fluid-filled bumps/blisters all over the palms of my hands. Ever since then, at age 16, I have been getting them. I could not think of anything that could have suddenly caused them, and I had no idea what they were until recently. The bumps are generally in clusters on the palms of my hands, sides of fingers, upper wrist, in between fingers, toes, and on the sides and soles of my feet. I have never gotten them anywhere else.

They seem to appear when I wake up, usually in the summer or in warm weather or if when I was sleeping I got hot. When I wake up with them, my hands are very hot. After getting one batch, I get even more in the following days. Sometimes, I get a very small amount of single ones that are not in clusters like the rest. Eventually the bumps/blisters open up and a clear fluid oozes out, then they become very itchy and dry up. When they dry up, they are also itchy until the dead skin goes away and new skin forms on top. When they open up, anything with perfumes, fragrances, or alcohol in it stings! Even liquid soaps and body washes. If I forget and use a gel hand sanitizer... Ouch!! I also get some bumps/blisters that open up but don't dry up, and new ones form on top of them. Just today I had one with a yellow pus-like fluid inside. I am assuming that spot got infected somehow. This has never happened before. The things that seem to make the condition worse, are hot weather and lotions and moisturizers. I don't agree with several sites that claim moisturizers help.

I read that water and wetness may make the condition worse. I went swimming several days in a row a couple days ago, but I did not go yesterday, and this morning I have a fresh batch of bumps/blisters. I feel that the water dries out my skin, and my hands tend to feel and look a lot better right after swimming and washing. I have been to the doctor for this condition. I have been told it's from wearing jewelry, when I did not wear jewelry. I also have been told it's from excessive washing of my hands. Another told me it is because my hands get hot and for some reason, are not able to sweat, so these blisters form. I have tried many prescribed creams, but none have worked for me. As far as I am aware, I do not have any allergies. I do not suffer from hay fever, seasonal allergies, or asthma. Metals do not seem to affect my condition, and I do not work with cement. I am, however, female. No one in my immediate family has this condition, but I do not know about further back. This has been my experience dealing with Dyshidrosis over the past 10 years.

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Oct 28, 2012
We need to figure it out!
by: Ladymukk

I have had this type of eczema on the palms of my hands for about 7 years now. It comes and goes and first started when I was about 5months pregnant with my daughter. I also remember when I was very young I'm sure I must of had it on my feet. My memories are limited but I do remember my feet used to get insanely itchy coz I remember constantly rubbing them on the carpet to make it stop. I also remember my mother wrapping my feet in gladwrap at night after putting diprasone on. After my extensive research myself after no doctor or dermatologist could tell me what was wrong I found out that it has to be a female hormone related problem. I also have PCOS. Topical skin treatments will not work because it comes from within. This is as far as I've gotten though. We need to all band together with our separate knowlade and figure out what the cause is. Once we do that we will know the cure!!!

Jul 25, 2011
by: Shelley

Finally! I have figured out what is wrong with me and I am not suffering alone! For almost 20 years I have been having flare ups. First on my feet and now my hands. My hands get so bad I can't make a fist. This condition lasts for up to six months at times. No one understands the pain and how excruciating it is. I have spent many, many days and nights sitting and crying because I am in such pain. I am so relieved to have found others who are suffering from Dyshidrosis especially since I have always thought I was suffering alone.

May 22, 2009
Not just the metal!
by: Sheridan

There are so many things that can contribute to the forming of these blisters. Certain eating habits, smoking, stress, heat, just about anything can cause these blisters. Treatment options are not always the same for everyone! Check them all out!

May 12, 2009
Dyshidrosis Blues
by: Katrina

Thanks for sharing your story, Holly! I'm sorry you've been dealing with this for so long. That's interesting what you wrote about moisturizing not helping very much. Everyone's skin is different and what works for one may not work for another.

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