Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dyshidrotic Eczema Overview

What is dyshidrotic eczema?
A person with dyshidrotic eczema or pompholyx has a condition where small, itchy blisters develop on the hands and feet. Dyshidrotic eczema is more common in women and seems to only appear during certain time of the year. It is more common in warmer climates and during the spring and summer months. Some believe dyshidrotic eczema may be triggered by stress, work exposures, or allergies.

What are the symptoms of dyshidrotic eczema?
The symptoms of dyshidrotic eczema include crops of clear, fluid-filled blisters on the fingers and the palms of the hands. The blisters may also appear on the soles of the feet and along the sides of the toes. The blisters are often itchy.

How does the doctor treat dyshidrotic eczema?
The treatment of dyshidrotic eczema includes oral antihistamine medications to relieve itching as well as lotions or steroid creams. Compresses with a 1:10.000 solution of potassium permanganate are also effective. Antibiotics may be prescribed to cover staph and strep species of bacteria. Immunosuppressives may be effective in some patients.

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Last Updated: Nov 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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