by Esteban
(Queens, NY)

I'm a 26 y/o male. This is the second time I have had dyshidrosis. Usually, I have a mild hyperhidrosis (sweaty hands) all the time, but I've noticed that it appears under very CHRONIC STRESSFUL situations... First time, I was doing my internship in a military hospital (Quite stressful) and this time is because I'm weeks away from doing my Step 2 CK exam (it's a kind of medical licensing exam).

What helped very much the first time was Hydrocortisone cream 0.5% (very mild topical steroids). I'll have to see if they work this time!

Katrina's Reply: Esteban, thanks for sharing your story and the skincare cream info that helped the first time you had this issue. Please keep us posted and let us know how it goes this time around.


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Jun 14, 2010
similar experience
by: Anonymous

I am the exact same. Mine first started at age 22 under very stressful circumstances, now I am 26 and am having them again during a stressful time at work. I have noticed that heat and stress and red wine (odd, I know!) all make it worse. One thing I have found that does help is smoking (not cigarettes but the other stuff). A day after I do it, they are smaller and drying up. My aunt-in-law just found out that I have this, and she said that as she was working on her PhD she experienced the same thing and actually took the same resolution that I take. She's in her late 60's and hasn't had them since.

Cortizone creams helps with the itch..but that's about it. Ice packs help me sleep and drinking LOTS of water.

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