If you have eczema, then you need to make sure that you keep the care of your hands and feet in check. If you are not careful, these can be prime locations for your eczema triggers to occur. Sure, you will not be able to cut back on every instance of eczema when you are looking after the health of your hands and feet, but if you can cut back on even a small amount it is worth it, yes? Here are a couple of tips that you can use if you want to know how to treat eczema on hands and feet.
Cut back on washing your hands
This applies to all your skin, for that matter. However, your hands are going to be one area that you will really need to focus on as they will constantly be exposed.
You should only ever be washing your hands when they are likely to be dirty i.e. you have finished using the bathroom. The problem is that every time you wash your hands, you will be washing away some of the protective layers on the skin and that is never going to be good.
You need to try to ensure that you use the correct soaps when it comes to washing your hands too. Use a mild soap. If you can use something which is natural, then that is going to be even better.
When you are cleaning your hands, try to take your rings off. This will stop irritating chemicals getting trapped on your skin. Make sure that you rinse your hands in lukewarm water. Never use hot water. This is going to be awful for the skin.
Finally; pat your hands dry. Never rub them dry. This, again, is going to remove some of that protective layer.
Whether gloves wherever possible
Always try to ensure that you wear gloves when you are suffering from eczema. Wearing them during the winter months is going to be very much a given, but you should also wear them at other times of the year too. Whenever you are cleaning your home or dealing with any sort of chemical, you should wear gloves.
The only gloves that you should ever be wearing for housework should be cotton-lined gloves. Under absolutely no circumstance should you be wearing latex gloves. These are a prime trigger for those suffering from eczema. If you wear them, then it will almost certainly cause your symptoms to start to flare up.
Cracks in your hands
In the middle of an eczema flare-up, it is likely that the skin on your hands will crack and bleed. There is no much that you can do about this. However, you will want to ensure that you get them back into a healthy position as soon as you can. The best way is to use a ‘soak and smear’ technique. Follow this quick guide:
- Soak your hands in lukewarm water for about 10 minutes. Pat them dry.
- Add some ointment to your hands. It should be petroleum based.
- Put on some cotton gloves for around thirty minutes.
You should be doing this twice per day on top of moisturizing your hands.
When you shower, you need to bear in mind the following tips:
- Use only lukewarm water. Never use hot water. It helps to stop your skin from drying out.
- Always make sure that you use a soap-free cleanser on your skin. If it has a moisturizer in it, then that is going to be even better.
- As soon as you step out of the shower, while your skin is still wet, you should apply a moisturizer to it. It is important that you only use a fragrance-free moisturizer.
- Make sure that you pat your skin dry. You should never be rubbing it dry under any circumstance. This will destroy the protective layer of it.
If you find that your skin on your feet is dry and itchy, then you may need to switch up your socks. The worst thing you can do is wear a synthetic fabric or wool on your feet. Once again; you need to make sure that you use 100% cotton socks. They should be white i.e. they should not be dyed. You should also make sure that you switch the socks a couple of times per day, particularly if your feet are prone to swearing. Remember; if your socks are damp, then your eczema is going to get a lot worse.
Cracks in your feet
The same thing applies here as with your hands, although you can probably leave the socks on overnight. It will really help you out when it comes to ensuring that your skin is nice and awesome.
While we are on the subject as ‘same as your hands’, we also recommend that you only wash your feet in lukewarm water. This is going to be especially important in the summer months as sweat can be an irritant and you really do not want to leave it on your feet for too long.
Dry skin on your feet
Dry skin does form on your feet. It is natural. If you have dry skin, then you can try and remove it with a foot file. This should not be that much of a problem. However, we do urge you to be as gentle as possible while you are doing it. Afterwards, make sure that you put some moisturizer on your feet and then put some socks on. This should seal in all the moisture and ensure that they remain looking good. If you keep your feet exposed afterwards, then you may be running the risk of ‘triggers’ coming into contact with them which can, of course, cause an eczema flare-up. This is because when you are filing your feet, you will be making tiny, tiny holes which can let bacteria in which can cause a problem. This will cause your immune system to go into overdrive and that is the last thing you want.