aving dyshidrotic eczema can be a nightmare. It's uncomfortable and itchy, but the worst part is that sometimes it lasts for months or years at a time with no relief in sight. This article will discuss dyshidrotic eczema and how long you have to endure the symptoms before they subside.

What is dyshidrotic eczema?

Dyshidrotic eczema is a skin disorder characterized by itchy skin, dyshidrotic (shiny), red-brown itchy blisters on fingers and toes. It is also known as dyshidrosis or pompholyx. It can cause dry skin, cracked skin, and a burning sensation.

The first case was reported in 1876 by a dermatologist called Alfred Duhring. People with this often have a family history of dyshidrotic eczema or other skin disorders.

There are many different types of eczema. These include dyshidrotic eczema, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and contact dermatitis. How long any particular type of eczema will last vary from person to person.

Dyshidrotic eczema is most common in children under five years old and adults 50 years of age and older. It usually appears on the palms, outer hands, feet soles, arms inside elbows, knees, bottoms of feet, or toes. According to the National Eczema Association, it can also appear on the buttock, groin area, lateral aspect of the thigh, and breast.

Will I Have Dyshidrotic Eczema Forever?

Usually, the blistering skin condition will go away after a few weeks. How long dyshidrotic eczema will last also depends on the severity of the condition, general health, and other factors such as allergies or skin sensitivity. It may take up to two months for blisters to go away completely with treatment.

A severe type of it will take longer to heal. If the blister is caused by an allergy, it may not go away completely for years and must be treated with drugs that suppress your immune system because they respond better than topical steroids in those cases.

It can take up to three months before Dyshidrotic eczema starts showing significant improvement. In some instances, long-term treatment will be needed.

Caused Of Dyshidrotic Eczema

Dyshidrotic eczema can be triggered by environmental factors like the summer months or an allergy to specific items like dust mites or some types of fabric. 

People may develop nickel allergy or another metal allergy that may also cause dyshidrotic eczema as well as an allergic reaction to a type of medication.

This bacterial infection may be present on skin wounds or from infected blisters that come in contact with other parts of your body.

Cosmetic products may also cause dyshidrotic eczema, so it’s important to limit makeup use or other personal care product.

It is also caused by an infection with the herpes simplex virus or dyshidrosis herpetiformis.

A skin disorder called lichen planus can also cause dyshidrotic eczema as well as any dermatitis condition that causes itching.

It can also inconvenience people because it makes it hard to do things such as sleep or wear certain clothing that may cause irritation if you have this skin condition on your hands.

Some dyshidrotic eczema patients may also have dyshidrosis herpetiformis, opportunistic infection with the herpes simplex virus.

A dyshidrosis herpetiformis patient can be contagious due to their inability to control when they shed the skin cells that contain HSV-D because of dyshidrotic eczema.

HIV or AIDS patients can also be dyshidrotic eczema sufferers because of some stressful periods and medications that they may require, which are known to be the causes.

The effect of dyshidrotic eczema on a patient depends on many factors such as their immune system, severity, location, age, and cause of dyshidrotic eczema.

It is important to examine your surroundings in order to figure out what may have triggered dyshidrotic eczema if it does happen again, or how you can prevent it  from happening in the first place.

Symptoms Of Dyshidrotic Eczema

Symptoms of Dyshidrotic eczema are itchy, sore, and dry skin. The itchiness is usually worst when the person first wakes up in the morning or after bathing or handwashing. When healing, the skin may be red, and there can also be cracked or dry itchy patches of skin.

Symptoms will usually start to go away after a few months, but sometimes it lasts for more than six months.

Some people may have severe eczema, which can be persistent. Dyshidrotic eczema can be dangerous because it is an inflammatory skin condition and often flares up after contact with water or allergens, so that’s why it’s important to avoid triggers that make the symptoms worse, like soap, detergents, or lotions.

If you have this condition and it's not getting better after a few months of treatment, contact your doctor for help with medications to reduce the inflammation in the skin.

How To Diagnose Dyshidrotic Eczema?

Dyshidrotic eczema can be diagnosed in a number of different ways, including tests for antinuclear antibodies, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and leukocytosis. Antibodies can be detected through the body's immune response. 

The ESR or erythrocyte sedimentation rate is a measure of inflammation in your blood and can show if you are experiencing an allergic reaction. leukocytosis, or increased white cell count, may also indicate that there has been some sort of immunological event.

It's important to note that diagnosis is not always clear-cut because there are so many types of eczemas. If a person has been diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema and would like to know how long it will last, the answer can depend on their individual circumstances. 

How severe someone's symptoms are, what kind of treatment they are undergoing, and whether or not they have any other medical conditions can all influence how long their dyshidrotic eczema will last.

How Dyshidrotic Eczema Can Be Treated?

Dyshidrotic eczema can be treated with topical corticosteroids. Topical medications can be prescribed for eczema and are not specific to one type of eczema or another. 

These treatments include a range of different products that contain moisturizers, antihistamines, antibiotics, and other agents, depending on the specifics of your condition.

Another way to treat it is to reduce your exposure to triggers altogether. This includes taking care of allergies and skin irritants, as well as learning how they can make eczema worse due to the immune response that occurs in some people with this condition.

If your dyshidrotic eczema gets worse or you experience another flare-up, it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Bottom Line

Dyshidrotic eczema is a skin condition that may be uncomfortable at times, but there’s no need to panic. How long it lasts can vary from person to person, but generally speaking, it usually disappears on its own. 

Common symptoms include itching or burning sensation on the soles of your feet or palms of your hands. For more information about how long dyshidrosis will last and treatment options for this disorder, contact a dermatologist.

Aug 17, 2021
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