- Created on Friday, 10 February 2012 13:00
- Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 20:39
Authored by Bamawing
Description of Pompholyx Eczema
Pompholyx is a skin disorder that usually occurs on the hands and feet. It has two stages. The acute stage has intensely itchy blisters filled with clear fluid. These give way to cracked, flaking skin. It is also known as dyshidrosis, housewife's eczema, or dyshidrotic eczema.
The blisters of the acute stage are generally small, but they may grow in size or combine to make larger blisters. The second stage lasts longer and may be chronic. It may be painful or relatively pain-free, but is unsightly.
Causes & Treatments of Pompholyx Eczema
While not an allergic reaction, pompholyx is more commonly seen in people who have allergy problems. It is believed to be genetically linked and is not contagious. It can be triggered by any one of a number of stimulants. Common triggers include water, household chemicals (hence the term housewife's eczema), sunlight, other skin infections such as athlete's foot, and reactions to allergies, particularly nickel. Stress will usually worsen the condition, and may be a trigger itself. Identifying and avoiding one's personal triggers is one of the most common and effective treatments.
Other treatments include soaks in potassium permanganate or apple cider vinegar. Some sufferers report relief with changes in diet, particularly watching nickel or avoiding processed foods. In some extreme cases a doctor may prescribe topical steroids. These should be used sparingly to minimize the risk of skin thinning.
As with most skin conditions, pompholyx affects different people in different ways. What works for one person may not work for another. Please refer to your dermatologist for any advice as to what could work for you.