Pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema)Pompholyx steroid cream, also known as dyshidrotic eczema or foot and hand eczema, is a sterood of eczema characterised by very small blisters forming on pompholyx steroid cream, fingers or feet. These blisters pompholyx steroid cream called vesicles when they are small - can be very itchy and when they are bigger they can ooze fluid. It is possible for the blisters to spread or get infected. Signs of infection include painpus and crusting. Without treatment, the steeroid usually lasts some weeks, with dry skin and cracking as healing takes place. Once an outbreak has cleared up a person may strongest steroid inhaler be affected again but future flare-ups are possible.
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Did you miss your activation email? Home Help Calendar Login Register. Hi all, this is my first post! Just wondering about some opinions of my pompholyx eczema I'm 17 year old, male I have had mild eczema on the back of my legs and elbows since I was young. However, in the past years I now have pompholyx eczema on my middle finger, ring finger and little finger of both hands.
I don't have it on my feet, or the palms of my hands, but it's worse on the right hand. The nails of my affected fingers also look kind of different, with grooves going the same way as my fingers point I'm not sure if this is related, but it seems to be too much of a coincidence that i get pompholyx and the nail changes only on certain fingers. I never get it on my thumbs or index fingers; similarly i have normal nail appearance here.
I have been to the doctors several times over the past few years, but only recently has the eczema been diagnosed as pompholyx. Before it was just classed as plain old eczema. Anyway, i have been given several treatments over this time, most of which haven't worked too well. I have tried hydrocortisone cream which seems to be o. Also i have been told to use things like aqueous cream and Vaseline.
These help with the healing of my skin if the vesicles have ruptured, but otherwise they actually make the vesicles worse. The vesicles seem to come and go, but are normally worse overnight. Having been diagnosed with pompholyx eczema i have been prescribed betnovate 30g topical steroid and diprobase 50g. The betnovate seems very effective at getting rid of the vesicles, however after a day or two of non-use they return in little patches.
I would continually use the cream, but I am somewhat worried about the suggested use, as it says things like prolonged use can thin the skin and cause other side effects. I really want to avoid making this condition worse, if possible.
Right now the problem is the itchiness. The vesicles appear, i tend to break them, either by 'gnawing' at them with my teeth i know, gross! This leaves me with patches where the top layer of skin has completely gone. These then heal, and the process goes on like that. Once the skin is broken the vesicles weep fluid for a fairly long period of time. What will happen if i don't break the vesicles? I have heard, and read that pompholyx is stress related, but sometimes I have been stress free e.
Then I get another flare up, so I don't know if stress affects my eczema. Can anyone suggest a further plan of action? The condition isn't that bad, it just sometimes gets me down. As i say, i have been to the docs, but never a dermatologist.
I don't think my condition is caused by allergies, but i suppose it's not out of the question. Oh, one other thing, I find that my affected fingers seem to have the 'wrinkles' on all fingers more deeply. I'm not sure what causes this. What about oils and soaks - are any effective? I am considering doing a salt water soak, but I'm not sure how well that will work. Sunday November 18, , Hello nomansanisland, and welcome to skincell!
There are a few issues here to address. I think this gives a good overview of dishydrotic eczema. Thanks so much for the information bunnie! As steroid creams go, do you know how strong betnovate is? Well I don't know how much steroid is in it, all I know is that betnovate and dermovate are both efficient steroid creams, and are used for difficult or longstanding inflammatory skin problems. Incidently, stress can exascerbate skin conditions, it does not cause them. People with this condition or other members in their family often suffer from hay-fever and asthma.
It is certainly true in mine. Hi there, First of all, I can very well relate to your inability not to scratch The few times I have been able to resist scratching and breaking the vesicles, they have very slowly dried up It's great that your prescriptions have been helpful - I don't find that topicals help mine too much.
In addition to the sensible advice Bunnie has given, I would also suggest you try Apple Cider vinegar as a soak. Some of our members here find that that works very well in relieving the itch temporarily. One of our mods keeps her bottle refrigerated for even more of a cooling effect. I have also found when I have had a scratching frenzy usually in my sleep It prevents it from drying out and splittling painfully.
They also act as a physical barrier to your teeth! Bamawing Administrator Administrative Bleeper! Greetings, noman, from a fellow pompholyx sufferer! Your fingers sound exactly like mine, right down to the vaseline making it worse. I avoid all hand lotions now, since they act as a trigger. It means I have to be creative in the wintertime to avoid dry skin, but I'm a creative person.
I'm a cuddler, and if I'm not cuddled against hubby I'm hugging a pillow or wad of blankets. Then I have to force myself to keep my hands outside the covers. It really does help. I know this is going to sound strange, but scratching makes them itch more. If you absolutely have to scratch, bite an ice cube in half and scratch with it. I know how you feel, though I've wanted to bite off my pinky finger more than once!
If you don't break them, the blisters shrink and They go away, at any rate And another thing that might help is apple cider vinegar. I'm the chick with the refrigerated ACV. If the flare is really bad, I'll add some ice cubes to the mix for extra cooling power. I hope you get some relief soon. I'm more confused than a mood ring on a paranoid bipolar schizophrenic chameleon in a bag of skittles! I will definitely look into getting some apple cider vinegar so I can try that out too, and refrigerating it sounds like a great idea.
I also think that keeping my hands outside the covers will help, as I don't normally sleep like this, so I will try to do that from now. I was previously unaware that warmth could trigger the vesicles, but it makes sense as i can remember countless times of getting out of a piping hot shower only to find my fingers itching like mad.
Thanks again, I will keep you all posted. Hi again nomansanisland, The body's first line of defence is inflammation. Inflammation is an immune response to injury or infection causing pain, redness, heat, and swelling in the affected area.
To stop the pain, heat and swelling and itch, you need ice! Get the inflammation down and you will reduce all of these symptoms naturally, and be more comfortable. Vinegar because it is acid, has the same affect in reducing heat, that is why it is often used for sunburn. Wednesday November 21, , I remember using hot showers in an effort to get them to stop itching! I didn't know that about the vinegar, Bunnie.
I've never used it for sunburn, either, although it seems like it would help a ton. I generally use straight aloe from an aloe plant. For some reason, they are all still alive, even under my care. Best of luck to you, noman! Jimmygoodein Registered member Posts: Tuesday February 19, , Hi there, I am an 18 year old male and I believe I am suffering the same problem as you.
Last summer I suffered a serious outbreak of eczema on my hands which I believe was initiated by working at the sink in a kitchen all day for the whole holiday. It has all cleared up now except for my index finger which suffers outbreaks of what I think is Pomphloyx every few weeks.
It's currently in the drying up stage and has become extremely painful due to cracked skin. What makes it worse is that I am currently studying a music degree and my main instrument is double bass, meaning I have to thrash my index finger off the strings for hours a day!