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#1 **bizymom**

Posted 24 February 2008 - 01:10 AM

Since having DD2 my hands have become really sensitive. I haven't seen a specialist yet as I thought I could manage it but it's getting unbearable.

I think it's the constant washing dishes, bathing babies, washing hands after nappy changes etc. My hands are so dry, cracked, cut, itchy and blistered. Driving me insane!! I wear gloves when I wash dishes and use hand cream all the time, but still comes back.

Has anyone else suffered from this? If so what did you do to cure it, if it was curable. TIA!!

#2 *Shandy*

Posted 24 February 2008 - 09:15 AM

I got this after DD was born but funnily enough it has eased now she is 3 as not so much hands in water I guess. More likely hands in playdough!

Some of the things I did was, keeping hands moisturised - several times a day. Avoiding soap. Using gloves with cotton lining. It is really frustrating and can become quite painful as well. All the best.


#3 heather23

Posted 24 February 2008 - 09:19 AM

i have this my hands are constantly sore dry and bumpy. in pregnancy it was worse i scratched all the way down my wrists so the skin on them is ugly now too and also behind my legs and on my feet. I have no cure just always have to carry around sorboline cream johnsons is good cos it doesnt burn like some creams containing alcohol etc.
gloves make my hands sweat making it worse i just try not to scratch and pop the lil blister things that come up. after overuse of cortizone creams my hands are dry and wrinkly like old ladies hands cos apparently the cortizone stretches and thins out the skin. all i can reccomend and put some sorboline on before bed and then some cotton gloves to keep ur hands moist and protected.

#4 **bizymom**

Posted 24 February 2008 - 10:52 AM

Thanks so much all for your advice.  I've never really had this problem before and have been using the same products as always, but will definitely buy some natural products and see how that goes. Will get something from doctor's if I can't stand it anymore, but thanks for the info on cortizone.

#5 PreciousPetal

Posted 25 February 2008 - 12:03 AM

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Edited by krisp, 07 August 2009 - 11:47 PM.


#6 **bizymom**

Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:34 AM

Thanks krisp, I'll definitly buy some Cetaphil cream. My mum bought me Nivea for dry skin but it is heavily perfumed and does sting when I use it so thanks again!

#7 moshpets

Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:56 AM

yup, had this all my life. ask your chemist about a barrier hand cream as opposed to normal hand cream or sorbolene etc. barrier creams will PROTECT your hands, not just try to replenish moisture. but definately talk to your doctor too. I can't wear jewellery on my hands or wrists either. you could try cetaphil wash for washing instead of soap too, esp when your hands are flared up.

I cannot use any soap product on my skin or anything perfumed but there are plenty of alternatives out there. there is also washing powders like OMO sensitive but I have not noticed any benefit from that one over normal OMO.

I work in healthcare so I wear gloves & wash hands ALOT. gloves sure don't help my skin but I can survive the constant hand washing and the alcohol hand sterilisers with the use of barrier cream.

good luck, i know how rotten it is!

#8 Guest_Lyfin_*

Posted 25 February 2008 - 09:35 AM

I have this and have found that I can only get protection from this by wearing the Chux fleece lined gloves. it has like a soft inner lining. It stops hands from sweating which is why other gloves don't work!

#9 kutchi

Posted 25 February 2008 - 03:49 PM

there is a product out there, can't think of the name, but it works like a barrier. I use to use it all the time when i had to go near water, it didn't stop the dermatitis but it sure made it a lot more bearable. It stopped excess mosture, other than that just try and keep your hands dry, which is damn hard!!

good luck, mine comes and goes, i find stress has alot to do ith it as well..

#10 mummylizzie

Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:57 PM

Hand dermatitis is the bane of my life!  I've suffered from it since I was a little girl. After years of trying different creams, my hands got so bad that they were splitting open, bleeding and fingernails were falling off.  So I saw a skin specialist and they prescribed me a steriod based tablet (worse thing I have done in my life!), when I was 18 I went from a size 8-10 to a 14-16 in 2 weeks, it was a 20 kg weight increase!  The doc told me not to worry, that it was all water retention, but guess what, the weight never budged and to this day I'm still overweight!  Should have stuck to trying more creams/ointments, now I am using an ointment called Elocon (prescription only) which works to ease the skin splitting but does not get rid of the problem. My hands are not happy since I'm washing them so often since our DD was born, but all I can do is put the ointment on at night & wear cotton gloves to bed so it doesn't transfer onto everything.  And moisturise, moisturise & moisturise!!!  I've changed all the soaps in our house to QV wash, and only use QV lotion/Hamilton lotion, any of those products for sensitive skin helps a bit.  I now have to wear cotton gloves under plastic washing gloves as that sets it off as well.

Sorry that I don't have much advice, I can only empathise with your situation.

I hope that you are able to find something that works for you, good luck!

#11 **bizymom**

Posted 25 February 2008 - 05:10 PM

Thanks again guys, I'm taking comfort in knowing that I'm not alone!
kutchi I did use a cream from the chemist called Silic15 which was a barrier cream, I guess I was expecting it to dissapear completely but it was good.
mummylizzie, there's always a split on my fingers (bandage them up) but it's the blisters that are driving me crazy! and yes it does feel like a nervous, obsessive compulsive thing sometimes when under stress? not sure.
Going to bath my two girls now... sad.gif

Edited by **bizymom**, 25 February 2008 - 05:56 PM.


#12 PreciousPetal

Posted 25 February 2008 - 10:17 PM

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Edited by krisp, 07 August 2009 - 11:46 PM.


#13 MountainsKath

Posted 27 February 2008 - 07:04 AM

I have had several bouts of this myself. It starts with the itching and sore bumps under the skin like little blisters, and then the skin peels and cracks. I ended up using a prescribed cortisone cream, and at night slathered on pawpaw ointment before putting on cotton gloves. I also recommend the silver lined rubber gloves for washing up as latex can also be an irritant.

The triggers for me were nappy wipes. I found the Johnson's brand especially bad. I'd only have to use one or two and the cycle would start again. I have since swore off the wipes and will go back to using tissues and sorbolene/cetaphil for the next bub. Will save me a bomb too.

PS. Avoid bubble baths too as bubs gets older.

cheers

Kath

#14 **bizymom**

Posted 27 February 2008 - 05:32 PM

MountainsKath: thanks for that! I did change to the J&J wipes about the same time I started getting the dermatitis. They get really moist too at the end and I would just squeeze the excess out. Quite heavily perfumed too the one's I use. I didn't even think about that. Cheers.

Krisp: yes have been using QV bath oil from day one. thanks again for all your advice!

#15 ~dam'sgirl~

Posted 27 February 2008 - 05:40 PM

Hi I had the same trouble when DS was a newborn. I went to the doctors about it and it was dermatitis. We both came to the conclusion that it was from me washing up washing bottles and putting my hands in the Milton sterilizer.
I started wearing gloves while doing the dishes and tried not to put my hands in the sterilizer to much and it all went away. original.gif
Good luck hope it isn't to bad.
Jen

#16 soapy

Posted 27 February 2008 - 09:59 PM

Yes! For about 3.5 years now. It started just on my palms but has now spread to my fingers.  The skin on my palms gets really thick and then gets itchy. When I itch it, it peels off in sections and weeps and a bit later cracks. Then as it heals the cracks get wider. Ouch!

I recently went to a dermatologist who gave me strong steroid cream. It didnt do much. He also suggested Dermaveen which is ok.  I find the Urea creams such as Calmurid the best but it does sting if you have cracks. Some times I use Sudocream the help with healing.

Oh yeah, it has also spread to the top of my feet and knees. A GP suggested that I put on the steroid cream and then some glad wrap and then socks overnight.  It did actually work ok on my feet (but been a bit slack lately) but not on my hands.

Oh yeah again. The dermatologist said that they have discovered that people with eczema are missing a protien. He said that lately they are beginning to discover more about dermatitis/eczema but that it doesnt help us yet.  He also said that he can use tar on the skin but it does sting.
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#17 soapy

Posted 28 February 2008 - 08:13 PM

Actually its Dermeze not Dermaveen.

#18 mamaishere

Posted 02 March 2008 - 09:47 PM

OMG I had serious hand dermititis yrs ago & it was so bad I never liked to show my hands to anyone I was embarassed by it! My skin was actually peeling it was awful. Go see a Dr & get some treatment for them okay:)

#19 ~Elliesmum~

Posted 02 March 2008 - 09:58 PM

Ouch, I know this so well.

I'm also having some success with Elocon cream, the first one in years that does anything but only if I use it once a day overnight sparingly. It works ok, but nothing is perfect.

Stay away from anything perfumed if you feel thats aggravating things. You can develop the allergy to perfumed products, I did, only got dermatitis after working in a cafe 20years ago, and have had no end of trouble since

Keep hands dry as much as possible. Use barrier creams where possible- I use avon silicon glove which doesn't upset my skin. Stay right away from moisturisers that aren't for sensitive or dermatitis affected skin as they can make it worse.

Heat really bothers my hands, in winter they are not so bad, but summer can be unbearable and they'll keep me awake at night itching. Thank God for a cool summer!

I also switched to sensitive washing up liquid, sensitive washing detergent, and try to get a mild moisturising hand soap on tap for the bathroom and kitchen. Usually a sensitive skin one also.

Bath/shower I use natural soaps like vitamin e and can cope with that. And hairdresser shampoos which tend to be gentler on my hands.

Sounds like a lot sorry... hope something in there helps. original.gif

#20 annikag

Posted 02 March 2008 - 10:07 PM

I had this so bad last winter, my hands were awful, they looked like I was 100 years old, cracked and dry  sad.gif
I had to stop washing my hands with any soap products, and use oil, I used dermaveen oil, it felt very odd at first to be washing my hands with oil, but the doctor assured me it was fine to use and would sanitise the same as soap. Other than that, I used dermaveen cream after every hand wash, and just kept my hands away from dish water, etc as much as I could. The things I mentioned worked for me, not cleared up 100 but probably 90% better! I hope you find something that works for you, it is awful!

#21 kirB

Posted 04 March 2008 - 03:02 PM

I have always had dry skin issues but it was also worse after DS was born.

I had to be really conscious of not using soap and can recommend the QV range - go straight to the bath oil and cream though as these really help. Also if you are using water for your nappy wipes then add some sorbolene to the water as well.

Best thing really is to try and not immerse your hands in water as much as possible.

#22 fresh01

Posted 06 March 2008 - 06:22 AM

Hi,

I hear you as I am in exactly the same position at the moment including it getting worse since the arrival of DD2.  I was in so much pain on Monday I went to the doctor as I was about to take painkillers it was so bad.  It turns out I have a skin infection on top of the dermatitis, so I would see your GP as soon as you can as I now have a pile of tablets, creams etc as she has a 3 stage plan to try and improve it.

A few things I was told that I don't think PP's have mentioned are:
- have cotton lined rubber gloves in the shower and use them for washing, shampoo etc.
- have a specifically designated pair of cotton lined rubber gloves for food prep ie. fruit and veg, the juices in these is apparently almost worse than water.  Takes a bit of getting use to but 3 days later I am getting that hang of it.
- do as many "dirty" tasks to one hand wash as you can eg. if you have to change one child's nappy does the other one need done too, do you need the toilet, do the bins need emptied etc.

Once your hands have cleared she has said to keep using all the protection and moisturisers for at least a month afterwards as the skin will initially be very thin and sensitive.

My aim is to get my wedding and engagement rings on again as I can't remember the last time I had enough non-broken skin on my finger to do so, certainly not since DD2 was born 4 months ago.

Interesting comment re. J&J wipes as they are what we use as well.

Hope yours improves too.

#23 **bizymom**

Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:44 PM

Thanks for all the additional replies. Thought I'd give you all an update. My hands actually look normal!! I ditched the J&J wipes, the perfumed brand was really irritating my hands. I'm back to using the Huggies sensitive. BIG difference!!

I also now use this special soap. I threw out the packaging so can't remember the name of it!!! but it looks and feels like mud, smells bad but you get used to it. It said something about the skin on your hands has this certain element which you lose with dermatitis, using this soap helps to replace it (I'll have to go back to the chemist to check the name of this soap). I wash hands with cold water.

Still use the cotton lined gloves for washing dishes. Bath time isn't as bad on my hands now that i'm more conscious of looking after them.

I also now use the new Cetaphil Intensive Moisturiser with Shea Butter (for dry to very dry skin). Use it after each hand wash and they haven't itched ever since! I still feel a tingling in my fingers though and you can see they are just slightly dry. Putting on rings will still irritate my hands though. But they do look more normal, no flakey skin, no cuts or blisters so I think I've finally worked out how to manage it but definitely not cured completely.

Edited by **bizymom**, 07 March 2008 - 02:27 AM.


#24 minmum

Posted 25 March 2008 - 11:41 PM

cry1.gif try ...Hemp Hand Protector from the body shop it`s magic.... laughing2.gif

#25 pinkbubbles

Posted 25 March 2008 - 11:58 PM

I have been suffering the same thing on my right hand for the last 5 years.

I have been GP, dermatologist and tried many creams and I was given a cream by my Dad a month ago and it has fixed my hand!!

You can get it at the chemist over the counter its called Dermaid 1% by Ego and it really works.

The other thing is to try and keep your hands from getting wet, so whenever you do dishes or wipe counters and wash hair & bath time wear cotton lined gloves and this will help too!

I also agree with pp that huggies sensitive are the best for your hands, low irritant.

So use the Dermaid in conjunction with your Cetaphil Intensive Moisturiser with Shea Butter (for dry to very dry skin) and you should be back on track.

Glad to hear that you have already improved!




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