About dyshidrotic eczema

What is dyshidrotic eczema?

A type of dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema is much more common among women.

Dyshidrotic eczema, also known as dyshidrosis or pompholyx, is a type of eczema that causes a blistering rash on the hands or feet, especially the fingers, palms, and soles.

The blisters are small and often very itchy.

Dyshidrotic eczema is the third most common dermatitis, or inflammation, of the hands. It's twice as common in women as men.

About half of those who suffer from dyshidrotic eczema also have atopic dermatitis, a common form of eczema.

Dyshidrotic eczema is also a side effect of intravenous immunoglobulin infusions (IVIG), which are typically used to treat certain immune system diseases.



What are the risk factors for dyshidrotic eczema?

Risk factors for dyshidrosis include:

  • Stress: Dyshidrosis appears to be more common during times of emotional or physical stress.
  • Exposure to certain metals: These include cobalt and nickel — usually in an industrial setting.
  • Sensitive skin: People who develop a rash after contact with certain irritants are more likely to experience dyshidrosis.
  • Atopic dermatitis: Some people with atopic dermatitis may develop dyshidrotic eczema.



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