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Eczema Or Dyshidrotic Eczema Of The Hand

Updated on February 22, 2014
Index fingertip showing signs of beginning breakout of dyshidrosis of the hand
Index fingertip showing signs of beginning breakout of dyshidrosis of the hand

MiraCell Works For Hand Eczema or Dyshidrosis

It’s ugly; it’s painful and it’s embarrassing, but on the upside it isn’t contagious. One doctor called it hand eczema, another called it dyshidrosis. One thing I know for certain is that it is miserable. For me, it began in the winter months, during the height of flu season when I washed my hands too often with antibacterial soap.

I first noticed patches on my hands that appeared to have the top layer of skin scrubbed off. Tiny splits appeared on my fingertips and the sides of my fingers. Never having been one to use hand lotion, I found myself buying every expensive hand lotion I could find. I spent months trying to get the moisture back in my hands with every lotion and over the counter cream that even looked like it might work. I scoured the internet, looking for any information that might help.

My morning ritual included time spent clipping band-aids to make the best fit over my fingertips so I wouldn’t feel it when I typed. I came to be known as the “band-aid lady” at my place of employment. At any given time, I would have 2 to 3 band-aids on each hand. The splits would almost heal and then they would break open again. Sometimes they bled. I even tried the super glue someone suggested. It burned like fire. Any help it provided was short lived.

The first doctor I visited gave a diagnosis of hand eczema and I went home with prescription cream and the suggestion to wear cotton gloves over the cream at night. The steroid shot he gave me worked, but the problem was back with a bang in 6 weeks. The second doctor I visited called it dyshidrosis. He gave me more prescription cream and told me to soak my hands in a coal tar solution for which he provided a prescription. The coal tar soaking provided the most relief of any product used to that point. My hands did begin to get better, but they did not heal completely. This was approximately one year after the problem first began. I despaired of ever healing my hands completely. Even the simplest tasks of housework or typing on the job caused pain. After the doctor visits, armed with new terms to search, I went back to the internet and googled hand eczema, dyshidrotic eczema and everything in between. I had no luck in finding a new remedy.

Then, one evening, my sister called. She had spoken with a clerk in a health food store she frequents about my difficulty in finding anything to help heal my hands. He suggested a product, Miracell, which she purchased and mailed to me. I was cautioned not to give up on it, just keep using it daily. When it arrived, I was a bit skeptical that the small bottle of thin oil would do much. However, it wasn’t as messy as some of the other products I’d used and I was willing to try anything at this point. Rather than slathering my hands in cream or lotion, I could place one drop of MiraCell on the skin break. Even when I lightly blotted with a tissue, enough oil soaked in that I got some relief. It was not an instant cure, but I did notice the skin was getting softer and less dry feeling with every use and therefore didn’t split quite as easily. I continued to put a drop of oil on the splits or rough spots on my hands several times daily. In addition, I made a conscious effort to keep my hands under the bedcovers at night. I noticed they didn’t seem quite so dry and tight when I did so. Within a couple of weeks my hands were improving noticeably.

Today, I rarely have problems with my hands becoming too dry and splitting or cracking. I am attuned to any sign of a breakout beginning. I wear gloves to wash dishes. I use Udder Cream hand lotion if my hands begin to feel dry, or I rub Miracell on and gently blot. If a split appears, I immediately put a drop of Miracell oil or triple antibiotic cream on it and cover with a band-aid for a couple of days. Miracell may not be the solution for everyone, but it certainly worked for me.


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      4 years ago

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    • Karen Ray profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Ray 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beth, I would be very interested to know if this works for you. If you use the Miracell, please post & let us know how it does for you. I went for a year or longer in total misery. It affected me at work (typing) as well as home (house cleaning, dish washing, etc.) It is not an instant cure, however the skin begins to soften fairly quickly, which gave me great relief.

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      4 years ago

      AMAZING!!! Your story is JUST LIKE MINE!! I thought I was reading my own eczema problem (minus the cure)...I've often considered myself as "Micheal Jackson in training" with all of the band aids I use on multiple fingers. And yes, I too brought out the scissors, along with pieces of gauze and medical tape to ensure maximum coverage and cushioning.

      I don't have the big boil-like blisters, but the skin on the tips and sides of most of my fingers and both thumbs gets soooo dry and thick like cardboard and it begins to crack several layers thru to the flesh. When the skin breaks, it looks and feels like deep and massive paper cuts from manilla folders...Best description I can come up with (I work in an office....)

      I went to the dermatologist and he have me a topical steroid and instructions to use it twice daily and wear cotton gloves at night for the first week. I was thrilled after only one week!! My "special eczema" seemed to be healing and disappearing!!! My skin quit splitting and the pain was finally gone!! Well, that was a little over a month ago and my hands are as dry, cracked and painful as ever.

      Thank you so much for posting your miracle treatments and the links for each. I hope my skin reacts to it as well as yours has. Good luck with your eczema remission!!! :)

    • Karen Ray profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Ray 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for sharing your experience, mimi. It is helpful to hear what works for others.

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      4 years ago

      table SALT SCRUB affected area = best treatment.

      I’ve recently developed dyshidrotic eczma on my right foot and then my hands. I don’t have any food allergies that I know of but I have been under a lot stress recently. I don’t know the cause yet.

      When I went to see the dermatologist he wasn’t very helpful. Tried various creams, iodine soaks etc didn’t work and didn’t help with the itch and the pain. I went to see my GP and she gave a cephalexin (antibiotic) to relieve my secondary infection. when I took the antibiotics for 2 weeks i noticed that the blisters turned yellow by the end of 2 weeks most of then turned hard like scabs. Eventually, they became scaly and I picked them off. I was clean for 3 or 4 month. Then, i noticed another pop up on my right foot again.

      I knew taking antibiotics wasn’t the solution as that could really screw up my immune system in large dose. So I decided to use table salt to scrub the affected area twice a day for 3-5 min.

      I used salt because I personally think the “Eczma” is actually fungus of some sort, a variation of athlete’s foot. After 2/3 days i noticed they started to change in color to yellow, and dried up and became hard.(I did for a week) the salt scrub stops the spread! and killed the existing blisters.

      I know it may not be cure the root source but it certainly helped me a lot.

      I searched journals and one of the publication reported that cephalexin does help in treating Dyschidrotic eczema. But if you ask me salt is the way to go.

      If salt works for you please share.

      I've been sharing it on other blogs as well.

    • Karen Ray profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Ray 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for commenting and for sharing your remedy. It is a miserable condition to have when you can't find relief.

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      4 years ago


      I was diagnosed alittle over a year ago with dishydrosis eczema. It came up on two fingers (middle finger and my pointer) on my right hand. It hurt and looked like cauliflower coming from the inside pushing out. I thought that I had picked up something through my work. I went to Dr and was immediately told what I had. I was given a steroid cream. It did nothing. I schedule another appointment. While waiting to go to the Dr again I was visiting my mom one day. She was grooming one of her dogs that has bad allergies. When she was finishing up she jokingly sprayed some kind of all natural anti itch inflamatory spray on my fingers. Well the next morning the rash/bubbles on my fingers had dried up. Over the next few days the dead skin peeled off. I went to the Dr and showed him but didn't seem to care as it was getting better. He did indicate she was surprised that as severe as my finger blisters were that my feet were not affected.

      Truth be told I had been having dry cracking heels for about 2-3 years prior. I thougt it was athletes foot or severe dry skin. I lotioned my feet along with hands and arms often.

      Well, i went and bought my own bottle of "dog spray". I buy it at the local botique / specialty pet store and paid $25. It is called Dr. Roses Remedies. I have tried the salve but the spray seems to work better. I just put it on when I begin to fell the tough bumps through the skin. I will spray it in my left palm and rub the tips of my right fingers in it (the only side that seems to be affected on me). I will apply atleast daily until the rashes dry out (usually 3 ish days). Then use lotions (LOcctaine shea butter or Aveda lotion for super dry skin) to keep peely rash from cracking /drying out too much. I occassionally will spray on my palms and rub my heels.

      My feet look great! And I haven't been back to the dermatologist. Yes I have the eczema pop up about every 2-4 months. But I am not having to use that steroid cream.

      I do not work for Dr Roses or know anyone that works for Dr Roses. This is my personal experience. I am just trying to share a solution that worked for me to a painful problem.

      Good luck eczema friends,


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      7 years ago

      Thanks for an informative hub.


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