Eczema is generally caused by allergies and can be triggered by many factors and items like Pollen grains, excessive sweating, prolonged contact with water, Nickel and Cobalt metal present in jewellery, keys, cell phones, eyeglass frames, stainless steel items, metal buttons, and zippers etc. Nickel and Cobalt metal present in small quantities in foods such as chocolate, soy beans, oatmeal, nuts, almonds, fresh and dried legumes, canned foods etc can also trigger it. Materials like cement, mortar, leather, paints and anticorrosives contain Chromium salts which can also trigger it.
In the common eczema small, intensely itchy blisters are created on the edges of the fingers, toes, palms, and soles of the feet. These blisters last for a few weeks and then dry up making the skin torn and cracks at places. This type of eczema is known as dyshidrotic eczema. Atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis might also look alike this.
The general treatment suggested by the doctor in this case is use of topical steroids and phototherapy. There are many medicines in form of ointments which are prescribed by the doctor in this ailment. Some of them are triamcinolone, mometasone, hydrocortisone, clobetasol, desonide, Elton etc. These are to be used only under prescription of a doctor.
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