Dyshidrotic Dermatitis Pompholyx

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis Pompholyx

One of the most awkward skin complaints known to man or beast has to be dyshidrotic dermatitis pompholyx. This is a type of dermatitis that mainly affects the hands and feet.

The main symptoms of dyshidrotic dermatitis are a distinctive type of small blister that appears on the tips of victims’ fingers, the palms of their hands, as well as on their toes and the soles of the feet. As the condition progresses, the initially small blisters may become hardened and they eventually join together to form larger sized blisters. Sometimes the blisters are very itchy and painful, although in other cases patients may not be troubled by such irritation or pain. However, where itching occurs, the scratching this prompts may cause the blisters associated with dyshidrotic dermatitis pompholyx to break open and ooze fluid. This can lead to a hardening of the affected area, which in turn leads to more pain.

Dyshidrotic dermatitis (or pompholyx) is believed to be genetically inherited. Therefore sufferers from the condition need not berate themselves over concerns that they may have done something to cause them to fall victim to the condition. However, it is known that emotional stress can play an important role in increasing the severity of the problem. It is believed that excessive sweating, caused by stress, may aggravate pompholyx. Therefore, dyshidrotic dermatitis pompholyx may worsen if a person is stressed for some reason, is depressed, or has suffered bereavement or some other such negative life event.

In addition to stress, it is thought that diet may contribute to the symptoms of dyshidrotic dermatitis. This mainly concerns the allergic reactions that some individuals may experience due to ingesting certain foods, particularly those that have traces of nickel in them. Examples are oatmeal and also a variety of tinned foods.

There are various forms of treatment available that can have a positive impact on dyshidrotic dermatitis, although none of them can be expected to deliver a definitive cure. However, despite the fact that doctors cannot really cure the condition, sufferers should not make the big mistake of avoiding seeing a doctor and instead simply suffering in silence. It is fair to say that anyone who becomes a victim of dyshidrotic dermatitis pompholyx must bite the bullet and make an appointment to see a qualified medical practitioner as soon as they possibly can.

In terms of treatment options, the usual steroid topical lotions, which are used to treat other related skin conditions, may also be effective in treating pompholyx. However, caution needs to be exercised as these creams can make the skin thinner and consequently more vulnerable to infection if used on a long term basis.

A diluted solution of potassium permanganate is also often prescribed by medics as a means of drying out affected areas of skin as well as combating infection.

Another important aspect of the treatment of dyshidrotic dermatitis pompholyx concerns possible nickel allergies. If the clinician considers this to be a problem, he or she may recommend the elimination of nickel-rich foods from the day to day diet. Chocolate and oatmeal are two such foods that contain nickel naturally. In addition, tinned foods may leech nickel from the metal of the tin, so avoiding consumption of canned food products may also have beneficial effects on pompholyx.

 

One of the most awkward skin complaints
known to man or beast has to be dyshidrotic dermatitis
pompholyx
. This is a type of dermatitis that mainly affects the hands
and feet.

 

The main symptoms of
dyshidrotic dermatitis are a distinctive type of small blister that appears on
the tips of victims’ fingers, the palms of their hands, as well as on their
toes and the soles of the feet. As the condition progresses, the initially small
blisters may become hardened and they eventually join together to form larger
sized blisters. Sometimes the blisters are very itchy and painful, although in
other cases patients may not be troubled by such irritation or pain. However,
where itching occurs, the scratching this prompts may cause the blisters associated
with
dyshidrotic dermatitis pompholyx to break open and ooze fluid. This can lead to
a hardening of the affected area, which in turn leads to more pain.

 

Dyshidrotic dermatitis (or pompholyx) is
believed to be genetically inherited. Therefore sufferers from the condition
need not berate themselves over concerns that they may have done something to cause
them to fall victim to the condition. However, it is known that emotional
stress can play an important role in increasing the severity of the problem. It
is believed that excessive sweating, caused by stress, may aggravate pompholyx.
Therefore, dyshidrotic dermatitis pompholyx may worsen if a person is stressed for some reason, is depressed,
or has suffered bereavement or some other such negative life event.

 

In addition to stress,
it is thought that diet may contribute to the symptoms of dyshidrotic
dermatitis. This mainly concerns the allergic reactions that some individuals
may experience due to ingesting certain foods, particularly those that have
traces of nickel in them. Examples are oatmeal and also a variety of tinned
foods.

 

There are various forms
of treatment available that can have a positive impact on dyshidrotic
dermatitis, although none of them can be expected to deliver a definitive cure.
However, despite the fact that doctors cannot really cure the condition,
sufferers should not make the big mistake of avoiding seeing a doctor and
instead simply suffering in silence. It is fair to say that anyone who becomes
a victim of
dyshidrotic dermatitis
pompholyx
must bite the bullet and
make an appointment to see a qualified medical practitioner as soon as they
possibly can.

 

In terms of treatment
options, the usual steroid topical lotions, which are used to treat other
related skin conditions, may also be effective in treating pompholyx. However,
caution needs to be exercised as these creams can make the skin thinner and
consequently more vulnerable to infection if used on a long term basis.

 

A diluted solution of
potassium permanganate is also often prescribed by medics as a means of drying
out affected areas of skin as well as combating infection.

 

Another important aspect of
the treatment of
dyshidrotic
dermatitis pompholyx
concerns
possible nickel allergies. If the clinician considers this to be a problem, he
or she may recommend the elimination of nickel-rich foods from the day to day
diet. Chocolate and oatmeal are two such foods that contain nickel naturally.
In addition, tinned foods may leech nickel from the metal of the tin, so avoiding
consumption of canned food products may also have beneficial effects on
pompholyx.

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