October 17, 2010

Eczema Sucks

Hi everyone!

Today I want to share something other than nail stuff with you. Every once in a while (like now) I discover spots of dyshidrotic eczema on the sides of my fingers and around my nails. With this form of eczema small, itchy blisters show up. When these blisters dry up, the skin often cracks and looks and feels really dry. Unfortunately the causes of this type of eczema are still unknown, but many factors may have an influence including seasonal changes (hello fall!), stress or allergies. 

As I don't want to scare you with nasty pics, it may be a couple of days before I can post pictures of my nails again. Luckily I have some oldies to show you! I hope you don't mind. ^_^

Thanks for reading and if you also suffer from a type of eczema, feel free to share!

6 reacties:

Jamie K. said...

i hv it too, but on my elbows and joints. from young.. its hard to control it and gets really bad when the weather gets more humid and hot! :(

AmyGrace said...

@Jamie K., oh, that sounds bad! It's definitely hard to control, I'm still searching for a remedy..

Miranda said...

I think I have the same as you AmyGrace. The itch is just horrible! When it first started 2 years ago, it went on and on for like months. Nowadays I only have it about once a week. And if I´m able not to touch it, it will go away within a day.
I do have eczema on the inside of my elbows every now and then, but it doesn´t itch as bad and it doesn´t give me the blisters and I can get rid of it just by moisturizing it better.

Good luck Amy!! Hope it will go away soon.

AmyGrace said...

@Miranda, thanks for your reaction :k Too bad you also have it :( Unfortunately my eczema doesn't disappear in one day. But I suffer from it once a month or so, not every week. After a couple of days the blisters dry up and the skin crackles...also not a pretty sight, yuk!

And I read that this kind of eczema can affect the nails (ridges, dents, discoloration... noes! :c ) I hope we will be spared for that! And if not, I will need a GOOD ridgefiller! ;)

Smaltoitaliano said...

You don't mention it in your post, so I wonder if you ever try a cortisone cream.

Symptoms you described seem a lot like mines, but with a cream like that I managed to control it; whenever I see that the skin begins to irritate and become inflamed, I apply a thin coat of it - it's a little greasy, because it's meant to hydrate the skin - with a little massage.
Before going to bed, I can put it on a little more.

I always wear a pair of cotton gloves under the rubber ones, because sweat and lattice are enemies :D, and this helps a lot preventing inflammation.
If it's cold outside, better to wear gloves... But sometimes I get it even when it's hot.

This sound like it could be tricky, but soon you'll learn how much cream you need, now I have it always in my bag and barely I suffer from some redness.

Hope this helps, sorry for any english mistake :>

AmyGrace said...

@Smaltoitaliano, thanks for your reaction. I'm glad you have your symptoms under control!
You're so sweet giving me those tips, they are very helpful! Hydration is key :)

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