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The Early And Late Symptoms Of Dyshidrosis

Updated on July 7, 2011

Dyshidrosis is a rare kind of eczema and only affects a small percentage of the population - about 20 in every 100,000 to be exact. Unlike most types of eczema wherein rashes may appear anywhere on the body, dyshidrosis only affects the hands and feet. When triggered, a person with dyshidrosis will undergo two symptomatic stages - the blistering stage and the peeling stage. Respectively, these are the early and late symptoms of dyshidrosis.

Early Symptoms Of Dyshidrosis

The early symptoms of dyshidrosis can be collectively referred to as the "blistering stage" or the "blistering phase". This takes place after the skin comes in contact with an irritant or when undergoing a significant amount of psychological stress. Dyshidrosis is known to be triggered by both stress and skin irritation. What happens during this blistering stage is that small blisters will appear on either or both of your hands and feet. These small blisters contain fluid in them. Sometimes, when you have too many blisters on your hands or feet, they join and form larger blisters.

The fluid found in these blisters is not pus. Pus is yellowish in color and has an unpleasant smell. Rather, the fluid inside dyshidrosis blisters are what we call serum. Serum is odorless and clear. It leaked out of your blood vessels as a result of skin inflammation.

Late Symptoms Of Dyshidrosis

At some point, the blisters on your hands or feet are going to break. They may break by themselves but scratching and some home remedies can also cause them to break. Once these blisters break open, the serum that they contain will leak out and they'll eventually dry up. As soon as the skin on the affected areas dry up, you'll notice that you now have peeling hands or feet. Peeling hands and feet are late symptoms of dyshidrosis. These late symptoms can be collectively called the "peeling stage" or "peeling phase" of dyshidrosis.

The peeling phase is a critical point in dyshidrosis. Two things may happen from here on. One is that your peeling hands or feet may recover completely, signaling the end of your dyshidrosis outbreak. Another possibility is that blisters may again reappear after the peeling is over. During the peeling stage of your dyshidrosis, it's important that you do all things possible to protect the skin on your hands and feet from irritation. If your dyshidrosis is stress-related, then you should avoid stress while having peeling hands or feet.


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      Emily 4 years ago

      i have bad outbreaks of this, it is very painful and irritating.