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Maybe someone out there can help me. I have hand dermititis. It is only on ONE hand (on the palm and fingers). It plagues me for about 3 weeks and then clears up for 1 week and then back again. It starts out by my skin itching and then bumps start to appear and they eventually turn into blisters that itch and hurt and weep. It is such a menace. A girl at the pharmacy told me it was an autoimmune deficiency but I don't know what that deficiency is. I have been to the dermatologist and was given an ointment and a cream that actually seem to make it worse. I have gone to fragrance free everything and wear rubber gloves when I clean and cook. I'm dumbfounded as what to do next. Any suggestions will be so very helpful.

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It's possible that it's contact dermatitis, where something that comes into contact with the skin causes the irritation, or eczema. Does it happen at a particular time, like after knitting with wool, or some other activity?

An example of an autoimmune disease is psoriasis, which appears to be a skin disease & the treatment focuses on the symtpoms (scaly skin) rather than the cause of the disease.

Some of the treatments are topical steroid creams.

Here's some info. Ironically, rubber gloves can cause this. Fragrance might not be the culprit. My neice is allergic to lanolin and it causes a rash.

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/contact_dermatitis/article_em.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001872/
 

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That sounds like the psoriasis I deal with I don't know if you have seen a Dr but you should. Mine developed into psortic arthritis and that is no fun but when I first got mine they gave me veranda n ointment to control it. I only get it on my hands and the tops of my feet.
 

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I've had this too. Dr. said it was contact dermatitis. It used to come with contact with detergents/chemicals of many kinds. Also garlic on my hands. Oh, and more recently, Wool Ease yarn!
Another Dr. called it psoriasis, but it wasn't. A family member had that, and there was no similarity, no scaly patches etc.
I've also noticed that I would break out with it, even without contact with detergents, if I was under a great deal of stress.
The good news is that after some years, I don't seem to get it any more!

I knit more and clean less, LOL!
And I don't stress over things as much, and I think I eat better - fruits, vegs etc.
Who knows!
 

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Avoid acidic foods also, as these can and do aggravate dermatitis..catch all word for any "unexplained" skin out break.
 

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Thank you all for your responses. I plan to change dermatologists and am going to make an appointment this week. It definitely is not psoriasis as my had is never scaley. I keep away from cleaners and chemicals, use fragrance free products...it is a mystery and I know there is no cure but I would like to be able to control it. Right now it is here with a vengence and I can't even scoop ice cream. Also, knitting is out of the question and winter is coming and I have projects to do.
 

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sumnerusa said:
Thank you all for your responses. I plan to change dermatologists and am going to make an appointment this week. It definitely is not psoriasis as my had is never scaley. I keep away from cleaners and chemicals, use fragrance free products...it is a mystery and I know there is no cure but I would like to be able to control it. Right now it is here with a vengence and I can't even scoop ice cream. Also, knitting is out of the question and winter is coming and I have projects to do.
My skin is never scaly either, when my Dr did the test to see if I had psoriasis I didn't believe it was possible that I had it. My first break out wasn't until I was 25 and I never had a huge rash or scaly skin. I just occasionally get the dry red spots on my skin that develop into blidters. My Dr had me to start using Keri bathoil and instead of using it in the tub, he has me to rub it all over myself when I got out of the shower, then I take my towel and rub it off my skin. I have been doing this once or twice a week for over ten years and I haven't had another break out on my feet but I clean and keep my hands to wet so I still get it some on my hands. It would be better for you to be tested for psoriasis just to be sure, because the psortic arthritis I now have is horrible. I went from working as a pharmacy tech full time to staying at home. The arthritis has affected my legs so that I can no longer work. I pray that you don't have it, I would not wish this on anyone. Before they figured out what was causing my pain I under went surgery, that I probably wouldn't have needed had the caught my arthritis earlier.
So good luck and I pray you have just got into something that has caused this :)
 

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I have had that for years and decided to try again, a dermatologist. I would suffer for months itching and almost tearing the skin off my hands. He gave me a shot of Kenalog and it has been under control since. I still have to watch touching and preparing fresh vegetables but it worked for me. Sure hope this helps you.
 

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Cut out dairy and see if that does it. Love your Chinese Crested avatar. I had one for 15 years and I have fair skin
and was very careful of the sun for myself & my dog.
Dairy causes alot of problems and my Dr. said don't believe
it when the signs say you never outgrow your need for milk.
You really do, and cut out the ice cream for sure!
 

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my son suffers badly with a skin rash when it gets hot... he is also allergic to grass... the ONLY thing he can use is a product called..'Utterly Smooth' it comes in a container that looks like a black and white cow.. its worth a try... after hundreds of dollars over the years its nice that a $3.00 tube of this stuff finds him relief..
Also my mom had this problem.. her fingers would crack and bleed when she did the gardening... back then they didn't have the nice gloves they do now and she was always treating her hands... she was also a avid knitter and crocheter... I hope you find relief soon... also try bag balm it comes in a green can and is fairly reasonable in price... I use it daily with my client.. she is a full invalid and has never had a bed sore or any rashes... we swear by this stuff...
 

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It sounds like something I had years ago when I was married. I had a weeping, itchy rash on the under part of my forearms. The dermatologist gave me lotions & creams which also made it worse. When I went to my general practitioner for something else, he gave me a mild tranquilizer (I forget which one) and it went away. I later divorced my husband and have had no problems with rashes, migraines, etc. since.
 

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I had eczema on the palms of my hands that nearly drove me crazy. At the same time I was diagnosed with Meniere's (inner ear problem) and began taking B complex plus additional panathenic (sp) acid (part of the B complex). Lo and behold, my hands cleared up and it has never returned. Maybe it was coincidental but I don't think so. The MD actually suggested the vitamin therapy for my ear problem though I had already started it on my own after some research.
 

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It's actually called eczema and I suffer from it also. I found I was allergic to the antibacterial soaps we used in the hospital and by the end of my shift my hands would be bumpy and oozing and itch horribly. Over the counter cortisone cream helped, but only if I avoided the soap. I would scratch in my sleep till they were a bloody mess. ugh!
Start looking at what you are using that makes it flare up or makes it worse. It will take a while, but you will find it. Soaps are often the culprit. You need to be a good detective and be aware of everything you touch, no matter how simple the item seems. Do you wear rings? Many people (me included) are allergic to the nickel that is in gold and will break out like you describe.

Good luck with your problem and let us know how you make out. Feel free to PM me if I can be of any support or help.
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Check out Pustulosis Palmaris et Plantaris. This is also called Washer Woman's Hands. My husband has had this for years, he was in the medical field and was able to look it up in the medical library. It starts with tiny red bumps that become blisters. If they do not pop, they become hard. If they pop they ooze. Have never been able to find a remedy. A dermatologist would be the specialist you would need to check with.
 

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Hello, sumnerusa,
Mu daughter has suffered from a similar problem for years, and my mother also had experience with it. Mother's problem began after she was diagnosed with cancer and was receiving treatment for that, chemo and surgery. She also was taking several prescriptions for the hand problem, and for other medical conditions, and finally one Dr. said many different medications could interact to exacerbate the hand problem. Of course, it could be partly inherited, but Mom and my daughter are the only ones in my family who have had it.

Once when Mom was knitting a white wool and mohair coat, she had to use white cotton gloves to finish it as the rash became so bad her hands would actually bleed from the cracks. At the time she was taking steroid meds for some thing.

I attach a site that my daughter found online that gives the rash a different name, and some information about it. maybe this will help.
My daughter has found by trial and error, after trying many prescriptions, that avoiding detergents, cleaning agents,etc helps, and when she has an outbreak she applies plain Vaseline or other petroleum jelly and wraps her hand in clean strips of t-shirt fabric. That works better for her than gauze of BandAids. She keeps this on the affected areas until it seems healed. Allowing the rash to become dry only increases the tendency to new outbreaks.

I hope this is helpful

sumnerusa said:
Maybe someone out there can help me. I have hand dermititis. It is only on ONE hand (on the palm and fingers). It plagues me for about 3 weeks and then clears up for 1 week and then back again. It starts out by my skin itching and then bumps start to appear and they eventually turn into blisters that itch and hurt and weep. It is such a menace. A girl at the pharmacy told me it was an autoimmune deficiency but I don't know what that deficiency is. I have been to the dermatologist and was given an ointment and a cream that actually seem to make it worse. I have gone to fragrance free everything and wear rubber gloves when I clean and cook. I'm dumbfounded as what to do next. Any suggestions will be so very helpful.

Thanks,
Sharon
 

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I have contact dermatitis. I am allergic to the dye in yarns but don't let it keep me from knitting or crocheting. The darker the yarn, the more the allergy bothers me. White yarn does not bother me at all...except I am also allergic to wool! Must use acrylics.
 

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This looks exactly like what I have. I have been to the dermatologist and am undergoing tests to rule out certain chemicals in shampoos and lotions. I hope I am responding to this correctly.
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I have contact dermatitis. I am allergic to the dye in yarns but don't let it keep me from knitting or crocheting. The darker the yarn, the more the allergy bothers me. White yarn does not bother me at all...except I am also allergic to wool! Must use acrylics.
 

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sumnerusa said:
Maybe someone out there can help me. I have hand dermititis. It is only on ONE hand (on the palm and fingers). It plagues me for about 3 weeks and then clears up for 1 week and then back again. It starts out by my skin itching and then bumps start to appear and they eventually turn into blisters that itch and hurt and weep. It is such a menace. A girl at the pharmacy told me it was an autoimmune deficiency but I don't know what that deficiency is. I have been to the dermatologist and was given an ointment and a cream that actually seem to make it worse. I have gone to fragrance free everything and wear rubber gloves when I clean and cook. I'm dumbfounded as what to do next. Any suggestions will be so very helpful.
Thanks, Sharon
Be sure to tell your new dermatologist all of your previous treatments. Write them down before you go to the office for your appointment. Then, start doing some detective work. If its contact dermatitis, you are definitely coming in contact with something that's causing it, and you are the only one who can really run that down. It could also be an allergy. Plus, with age, many of us develop weird autoimmune problems that didn't affect us at an earlier age. You might even be allergic or sensitive to your rubber gloves or an ingredient in an unscented skin product. Unscented does not equal non-allergenic. Even hypo-allergenic products can affect some people. If you wear a ring, it can cause a local reaction from soaps or lotions that accumulate under it.
I have some kind of dermatitis that comes and goes and I treat it with a moderate-strength prescription steroid. It takes about 72 hours to clear, then occasional follow ups as needed. I have to slather on body oil all winter or I go nuts with itching, but only in "spots" that are mostly on my lower legs. Scents don't affect me, but any kind of liquid soaps are completely out because they are all very drying, even those that claim to be moisturizing. I can only use bar soaps. We are all very different and our bodies can go haywire in many different ways depending on our own personal environments and genetic backgrounds. Try to find a doctor you have confidence in so that when something doesn't work, you can work together finding something that does. As has been said, it will be a trial and error process that may involve a lot of trials with lots of errors.
 
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