What gifts would you like to receive at Christmas? For most of us that suffer with Eczema the usual favorites of perfumes and shower and bath products are a real no no.
Having been told recently that dairy products are one of the main triggers for Eczema I have decided to try to remove them from my diet. Not easy for somebody who loves strong white coffee, butter on potatoes and cream cakes. I will give it a go and keep you updated as to how things progress, if at all.
There are many studies as to the possible causes of Hand Eczema and many volumes exist regarding treatment and possible cures, but the psychological effects of having this condition is rarely documented by comparison.
Things have not been too good so it was back to using the Steroid Cream. The splits between my fingers are now healing nicely and my skin shedding seems to have stopped. My hands are very dry though despite using copious amounts of cream and ointment.
The good news is my hands have improved considerably over the past few days, no doubt due to the steroid cream. The long term use of this is starting to worry me, it cannot be good and it makes the skin on the back of my hands so thin it tears easily, not particularly appealing.
On the recommendation of a fellow sufferer I tried a regime of soaking my hands in a bowl of Apple Cider Vinegar. This having worked very well for her I thought I would give it a try. After some initial improvement, I think it was just the vinegar eating away at my flaky skin, it failed to do anything other than make me smell like a fish and chip shop all day.
I started to investigate possible causes for my rapidly falling apart hands. Most of the driving in my household is done by me and I had heard of a case where the chemicals used to treat a leather steering wheel had caused similar symptoms. After a couple of weeks driving around wearing cotton gloves, looking and feeling rather silly, I came to the conclusion that my hands had not improved at all.