What is atopic dermatitis on the hands?

Atopic dermatitis on the hands is an inflammatory and itchy dermatitis. It often appears on the hands if the individual has frequent contact with water and/or detergents. Atopic dermatitis is chronic and will usually recur over time, even after a long period of absence.

What does atopic dermatitis look like?

The main consequences of atopic dermatitis are:

  • Redness
  • Dryness
  • Fissures
  • Itching

Who is affected by atopic dermatitis on the hands?

Atopic dermatitis affects atopic individuals or those who are in constant contact with water. Atopic dermatitis can affect children as they often play or remain in water for longer periods. Parents or those in contact with infants and small children are also at risk, as the frequent hand washing and diaper changing that accompany childcare can often trigger atopic dermatitis on the hands. Finally, there are individuals who, for professional reasons, have repeated contact with water and who are also at risk.

How to treat atopic dermatitis

  • In the event of fissures, apply PEG Balm in the evening.
  • In the case of redness or itching, apply Lenitive Cream in the evening.

Avoid wetting areas affected by atopic dermatitis. During treatment, cover hands with nitrile gloves before coming into contact with water, or before any activities where the hands may get dirty. By reducing the chance of hands getting dirty, the need for them to be washed is also reduced.

Avoid applying moisturizers that keep the hands moist as this can hinder healing. Avoid cortisone-based creams which can make the skin drier and more vulnerable to infection.

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