Eczema hands (normally dry eczema) is a type of skin inflammation. Eczema hands are particularly common in industries involving cleaning, catering, metalwork, hairdressing, healthcare and mechanical work. Dry eczema may become a major problem if effective treatment is not sort.

The key symptom is an itchy, lumpy rash. In more acute cases, the eczema hands become red and swollen. Small blisters may develop just under the skin. These areas of inflammation are scattered over the fingers and the palm but can also affect other parts of the hands. The fingers may become quite swollen. Because of the itching, the area becomes badly chapped. If the eczema hands become very bad, they can become very painful and it may be difficult to perform normal daily tasks particularly when working with small items.

As the condition persists, some blisters may still be present. However, the skin becomes generally dry, scaly, and thickened. Over the finger joints, splits and cracks may develop which are very painful. Eventually, there are no blisters at all. The skin then appears very thick, dry and scaly.

Eczema hands can often be exacerbated by the irritants that you come into contact with on a daily basis.

With careful management, eczema hands usually recover completely. A few days off work is often helpful. When eczema hands becomes severe, it may not be possible to work for weeks or months. Occasionally a change of occupation is necessary.

How Derma Guard can help prevent eczema hands

Derma Guard works as an effective form of eczema protection by creating a microscopic barrier around the skin to reduce exposure to irritants and dryness. This stops any further aggravation of the sensitised area enabling the skin to recover.

To aid faster skin recovery Derma Guard contains high-grade pharmaceutical moisturisers that are locked in to keep the skin supple. Aloe Vera and Vitamin E nurture the skin and break the Itch-Scratch-Itch cycle.

Because Derma Guard is designed only to come off the skin as it sheds naturally, one application will last for four to five hours despite repeated washing. This leaves you to go about your day confident that your eczema hands are being moisturised, nurtured and protected.