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How To Treat Dyshidrotic Eczema At Home

Updated on July 14, 2011

Some kinds of eczema don't respond well to home treatments. Some don't even respond to eczema home treatments at all. But dyshidrotic eczema, a rare type of eczema, is different. Unlike other types of eczema, it can be treated at home. So say goodbye to those itchy hands and feet. Your dyshidrosis blisters will be gone in a matter of just hours or days.

Wash With Rubbing Alcohol Or "Surgical Spirit"

Using rubbing alcohol or "surgical spirit" on your blisters is the quickest way to treat dyshidrotic eczema by far. What you need to do is prick the blisters using a needle, and then wash it briefly with rubbing alcohol.

When washing your blisters with rubbing alcohol, don't wait until all the blisters on your hands and feet have been pricked open. Instead, wash your blisters after you have pricked all those in the same area. For example, if you have blisters on both feet, prick the blisters on your right foot, wash, and then do the same for your left foot. If you have blistering and itchy hands and feet, start with your feet first before dealing with the blisters on your hands.

Pricking your blisters with a needle won't be painful as long as you don't let it go all the way through. However, washing open blisters with rubbing alcohol is painful. Despite this, rubbing alcohol is still a great way to treat dyshidrotic eczema at home. Within just a few hours after washing your blisters with rubbing alcohol, they'll dry up. The only time blisters reappear is when rubbing alcohol didn't get into them while they were still open. In this case, just prick the blisters that reappeared and wash again with rubbing alcohol.

Soak In White Vinegar

Soaking your blistering and itchy hands and feet in white vinegar can also get rid of the blisters caused by dyshidrotic eczema. Unlike rubbing alcohol, this isn't going to be painful - not unless you have open wounds, that is. This home treatment for dyshidrotic eczema takes at least days to take effect. So if you're in a hurry of banishing those blisters, you should instead opt for rubbing alcohol.

To use white vinegar in treating your dyshidrotic eczema, you simply have to soak the affected areas in it for 30 to 40 minutes. Do this twice or thrice a day for the next couple of days. Continue using this dyshidrotic eczema home treatment until the blisters dry up and your skin begins to peel.

Soak In Salt Solution

Create a salt solution by mixing salt in water. If your tap water has been treated by chlorine, boil it first and allow to cool before mixing it with salt. The reason behind this is that chlorinated water will only aggravate your dyshidrotic eczema blisters. Soak the affected areas in the salt solution at about the same time as you would with white vinegar. Repeat this process at least two times a day and continue doing so for the next few days until your blisters dry up.


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      Bridgette 4 years ago

      I found using hand sanitiser cleared up my hands in a matter of days if used once or twice daily