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.
The day to day moisturising of my hands has seen me use just a variety of creams and ointments. I have tried Aqueous cream, which had no real benefit, creams containing Aloe Vera, SLS free, Lanolin free, Paraben free, the list seems endless.
My initial symptoms were just a small itchy area on the palm of my right hand. Within days the itchy area had developed into a flaky patch of skin. Not thinking too much of it I just found some moisturising cream and applied that expecting this dry patch to go away. After a week or two the flaky patches had appeared on both my hands in several places.