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How to Treat Hand Eczema at Home

Melissa Marsden

Hand eczema is a form of vesicular eczema characterized by inflammation, itching, and redness of the palm and fingers. When severe, the pain can keep you from going about your daily routine. That’s not to talk about the negative social impact it will have on you as the victim. The need to cure hand eczema is real and urgent. Gladly, there are a number of DIY remedies you can choose from. In this article, we shall cover the best ways to treat hand eczema at home. 

Natural oils are great DIY remedies for treating hand eczema at home

eczema at home remedies

Plant-based natural oils have excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities that make them a great option for curing hand eczema at home. The most common of these medicinal plants are sunflower, aloe vera, and coconut. The oils derived from these plants can be applied directly to your palm and fingers. Not only do they moisturize your hand and keep it safe, but these oils will also protect the cracks on your affected hand so that you won’t get infected by microorganisms in the environment.

It’s possible to derive the oil yourself if you have the right tools, but you could as well get the processed ones online or in health stores close to you.

Colloidal oatmeal

Colloidal Oatmeal to Treat Eczema at Home

This is another amazing remedy for curing hand eczema at home. For centuries, people have been using oatmeal for medicinal purposes, and it still finds relevance in our modern world because it works.

Colloidal oatmeal is obtained from grinding oatmeal and suspending it in a liquid. This is something anyone can do at home. The first step is to get oatmeal from the store, then use your grinder or blender to grind it into fine particles. You have to be cautious of the end size when grinding. If the gains are too big, a suspension won’t be formed when you pour it in a liquid. To be on the safe side, you should grind it as smooth as possible.

And if you want to save yourself the stress, you can get colloidal oatmeal from a store. Add the purchased powder to your bath water and soak for ten to fifteen minutes. The bathwater should be lukewarm because this is preferable rather than hot or cold.

Practice psychodermatology

Psychodermatology is a relatively new technique for healing skin infections like eczema. The techniques practiced in this field attempt to use the mind in healing the body.

Psychodermatology is backed by recent scientific discoveries that suggest that energy can be channeled properly through mind activities to heal inflammations on the body. The common techniques used are:

  • Hypnosis
  • Biofeedback
  • Meditation

The basic idea behind psychodermatology is that it helps the patient get relaxed, and since stress is one of the major causes of eczema, the technique sure does go a long way in treating it.

If you practice yoga, then you’re already practicing psychodermatology. Try to do it a lot more often — particularly the meditation part. 

Use honey

honey eczema at home remedy

Like oatmeal, honey has been known for centuries as something medicinal. Because of its ability to fight inflammation and bacterial infections, honey is being used by many to cure skin diseases.

When applied directly to the affected areas of your hand, honey will moisturize the region while preventing infection and speeding healing. So how do you use honey to treat hand eczema at home? After getting it from the store, dab some of it directly on the eczema. You should do this immediately after your bath or long before you take a shower.

Other home remedies you can try are acupuncture, acupressure, and dietary changes. No matter the method used, however, it will take some time for your blisters to disappear — of course, that depends on the severity of the case, but generally, patience is key. Observe your progress over the next couple of days and contact a physician for close examination if you don’t see any healing.

Statistically speaking, genetics is the least cause of hand eczema — the environment and exposure to harmful chemicals and irritants seem to be the major causes. If your work description demands that you are regularly exposed to chemicals or skin dryness, then you need to take an extra step in ensuring your safety. Otherwise, it will become difficult to rid yourself of eczema. If you’re in this situation, then it’s recommended that you use shielding lotions during your work time.

Shielding lotions like gloves in a bottle™ will keep your hands moisturized all day long. The lotion forms an invisible protective covering on your skin that keeps it from dryness and the attack of irritants.  Learn more about gloves in a bottle.

before and after shielding lotion

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