Hand Dermatitis

Hand dermatitis, also known as hand eczema is a common skin condition that affects nearly 10% of the US population. Hand eczema is a non contagious skin condition that can be caused by a persons genetics, contact allergens, or an irritating substance to the skin. While it is not contagious, the symptoms can impact your ability to perform your job and even your self esteem. The most common form of hand dermatitis that we treat is called contact dermatitis.

Cause & Symptoms of Hand Dermatitis

The main cause of hand dermatitis is genetics, but it can also be caused by your skin coming into contact with allergens or substances that your skin find irritating. Many professionals who wash their hands frequently or who handle certain chemicals may develop hand dermatitis, as do people exposed repeatedly to seemingly harmless products they are allergic to.

All forms of eczema cause redness and itching of the skin. The difference between atopic dermatitis and hand dermatitis is in how they act and look.  Typically contact dermatitis has a dry, chapped appearance with redness on the tops of the hands and between the fingers. It can also occur on the fingertips and the palms of the hand. A form of hand dermatitis, called dyshidrotic eczema, causes blisters that itch to a appear on the palms of the hand and is more common in women.

Other Symptoms May Include:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Dry Peeling/Flaking Skin
  • Cracks
  • Blisters


The best way to treat hand dermatitis is to avoid the underlying cause. Discovering the triggers and protecting yourself from them will help you to guard your skin from irritation. It is important to be consistent. Our Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Mary Noël George can help you develop and adopt a new hand care regimen. If necessary, patch testing may be used to determine and indicate if you have a particular skin allergy. Another mainstay of treatment is topical corticosteroid creams or ointments. There are multiple options available by prescription and Dr. George will help you to find the right fit for your individual treatment and protection.

Stop the Itch & Find Relief Today!

Set up your appointment today to get started on the path to relief. Dr. George will evaluate and help you to treat your Hand Dermatis.

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