Hand Dermatitis (Dyshidrotic Dermatitis, Pompholyx, Irritant Contact Dermatitis)

Serving Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and surrounding areas

General Measures:

  • Wear vinyl gloves for all housework dealing with water
    • Some people develop an allergy to rubber or latex gloves and this can make their eczema even worse
    • Vinyl gloves do not cause an allergy
  • Wear gloves whenever you are working with raw fruit, vegetables and meats as the juices from them can make eczema worse
  • Wear thin cotton liners inside the gloves to minimize sweating
  • While doing dry, dusty and dirty work, wear cotton gloves
  • Avoid direct contact with strong soaps, solvents and other harsh chemicals
  • Do not use ‘antibacterial’ soaps or public washroom soap
  • Take off rings when washing your hands
  • After washing your hands gently pat them dry
    • Avoid vigorous rubbing
  • Avoid exposure of the hands to hair tonics, shampoos and lotions


  • If you have deep cracks in your skin a prescription product can be used to seal them and help them heal more quickly
  • A variety of creams and pills are available
  • Talk to your doctor to discuss your treatment options