ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Manage Hand Eczema At Home

Updated on February 15, 2016

Coconut Oil A Natural Remedy For Hand Eczema


Severe eczema of hands is not only a cause of great discomfort and disability, it may also affect the livelihood of a person. People in occupations that involve wet work, and those frequently exposed to soaps, detergents, cleansers, vegetables etc. are more likely to suffer this problem. It takes a long time to get cured, costs heavily on the pocket, and the results are often not fulfilling. Below are enumerated a few natural substances that can help manage this problem at home.

Chamomile Tea Compresses Have A Soothing Effect On Inflammed And Irritated Skin


Black Currant Seed Oil Contains GLA That Noursihes The Skin


Natural Ways To Manage Hand Eczema

  1. Avoid being under the shower for long: Dryness causes worsening of hand eczema. Excess bathing and repeated handwashing, especially with hot water, robs the skin of the natural moisturizing factors and lipids that keep it moist. Use luke warm water for washing and cleaning purposes.
  2. Coconut oil: Rub some cold pressed organic coconut oil throughout the day, as needed. It sinks into the skin and fills gaps between the skin cells.
  3. Jojoba oil: It is a liquid wax that has a structure resembling natural skin sebum. The long chain fatty acids penetrate the skin deeply and help heal the eczema patches. A healing body butter made from jojoba oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax has the ability to heal and repair the rough and cracked skin and seal the moisture within. Shea butter has a high content of stearic and oleic acid, that have anti-inflammatory properties. Beeswax helps thicken the butter and soften the skin.
  4. Vegetable glycerin: Food grade glycerin extracted from plant-based sources restores the moisture of the dry and dehydrated skin.
  5. Oatmeal: It reduces the swelling and redness, and has saponins that clean and soothe the damaged skin.
  6. Chamomile: It helps reduce inflammation, itchiness and heals overly scratched spots. It derives its benefits from the active ingredient alpha-bisabolol. Warm compresses using chamomile tea can be pressed against the affected skin for 10-15 minutes. It is known to cause allergic reactions in some individuals. So you need to test it on a small patch of skin before using it on the affected area.
  7. Calendula lotion: When mixed with aloe gel or used as such, it helps reduce pain and inflammation commonly present on the eczematous skin.
  8. Avoid allergens: Keep your house clean and avoid allergens such as dust mites, seasonal pollens, and moulds.
  9. Avoid irritant soaps and shampoos: Products that contain harsh chemicals, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and parabens can further irritate the damaged skin. SLS damages the natural skin barrier by causing denaturation of natural surface proteins, making the skin more vulnerable to contaminants.
  10. Get regular sleep: This helps reduce stress and activate the healing process.
  11. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water during the day to keep your skin and body hydrated
  12. Eliminate gluten
  13. Eat more foods rich in Essential Fatty Acids: Gamma Linolenic Acid, an unusual essential fat found in black currant seed oil, borage oil and evening primrose oil, has nourishing effects on the skin, hair and nails. Omega fats found naturally in walnuts, cold water fatty fish and flax oil, reduce inflammation and allergic reactions.
  14. Reduce stress: Alternative therapies such as hypnotherapy, meditation, yoga and visualization techniques can reduce mental stress and promote skin healing.
  15. Occlusion to avoid scratching: Cover the itchy spot with a small bandage to remind yourself not to scratch on it. Wear thin cotton gloves over your hands at night to resist scratching in sleep.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      A friend of mine has a child with this condition. I will pass on this information to them. I do believe coconut oil has many benefits for the human body in general. Thanks for the information.

    • Say Yes To Life profile image

      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Thank you for these tips. I have found rubbing hydrocortisone on the site helps.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great tips!

    • profile image

      Katrina Bourke 

      3 years ago

      Any suggestions for managing childhood Eczema of the hands?


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)