Is Dyshidrotic Eczema Contagious?

What is Dyshidrotic Eczema?

Dyshidrotic Eczema which is commonly referred to as Dyshidrosis is a skin disorder which is characterized by development of blisters on the skin surface especially on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands. These blisters are extremely itchy and in some cases are fluid filled.

The exact cause of this condition still remains unknown; however, people who develop hay fever during the spring season often develop blisters related to Dyshidrotic Eczema.

Physical and emotional stress also plays a key role in the development of blisters related to Dyshidrotic Eczema. Some studies suggest Dyshidrotic Eczema is a type of an allergic reaction; however, there is no proof for this theory.

Is Dyshidrotic Eczema Contagious?

Is Dyshidrotic Eczema Contagious?

Dyshidrotic Eczema does not have any cure; however the good news is that it is not contagious. An individual cannot get Dyshidrotic Eczema even when in direct contact with an infected individual. Dyshidrotic Eczema may not have any cure but the symptoms are definitely manageable.

The blisters caused by Dyshidrotic Eczema can be managed even at home by soaking the affected hand or feet in cool water or applying warm compresses over the affected area for 15-20 minutes two to three times a day. Post application of warm compresses, the individual can apply a moisturizer to help control the blisters.

Topical steroids are prescribed for more severe cases of Dyshidrotic Eczema. Phototherapy is also used as a treatment method for this condition. As the blisters thrive on sweat and damp areas, Botox is sometimes given to the affected area to make the area dry by reducing sweat. Draining of blisters as an outpatient is also done for patients with blisters that are extremely itchy and do not look good cosmetically.

In some cases, the blisters caused by Dyshidrotic Eczema may get infected which may hamper the healing process. This requires a consultation with a doctor who can prescribe medication to treat the infection and control the symptoms of Dyshidrotic Eczema.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:October 31, 2018

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