It’s National Eczema Awareness week (14-22 September 2019) so I had lots of skin and eczema related posts planned for you, as well as an update of my TSW journey. These may be a little delayed as I’ve just been diagnosed with shingles yesterday, which has knocked me for six. So I might give you some insight into the joys and lows of that!
But I wanted to talk about these little tiny liquid filled perfectly circular blisters which have been forming on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet this year. It would appear to be a side effect of coming off topical steroids, but can also be triggered by stress, allergies or contact dermatitis.
I shared some photos on my Instagram feed to see if others got similar itchy lumps and so many of you commented. I didn’t know what they were called but thanks to my insta community I now know these itchy little bumps are called Pompholyx or Dishydrotic eczema. Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences of how they coped and treated theirs.
Pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema) is a type of eczema that causes tiny blisters to develop across the fingers, palms of the hands and sometimes the soles of the feet. It can affect people of any age, but it’s most often seen in adults under 40. Ref: Google search
Sadly the recommended first line of treatment for this skin condition seems to be coricosteroids or oral steroids. In view of my recent withdrawal from using steroids I’m obviously going to suggest you avoid any such treatment and go for something natural instead.
You guys suggested lots of other ways to deal with them. Here’s a few suggestions:
- The best way I found was to burst and drain the blisters and drain them of liquid with tweezers, then they were not so itchy and painful. They seem to heal fairly quickly once I’d done this. Do this carefully and gently to do the least damage to skin as you can.
- Try not to tear at them and scratch them as they can get really sore, and are very hard to protect and look after as you need to constantly be using your hands.
- Bathing in bicarb of soda paste/water may soothe the itch.
- Leave them alone – they will eventually get better on their own
- Wear some silk, bamboo or tencel fingerless gloves so you can protect the blisters and perhaps avoid itching them so much. Check out these from the Eczema Company – Zinc and Tencel gloves.
- Gently tickle or stroke the blisters – I’ve found that sometimes doing this can soothe them and avoid me itching them. Go in circular motions and gently massage your palm.
- Keep a Food, Symptoms and Mood diary to see if you can pinpoint a culprit for causing these itchy blisters. If you are allergic to something you’ll need to work out what it is. That is often quite hard to do when you think about all the different foods you eat every day.
- Oatmeal poultice or bathing – oats can be really soothing and help to reduce the itch
- If it gets infected, try some natural aloe vera, witch hazel or tea tree, dilute and dab on with cotton wool or a tissue then cover.
- Calendula can really help. I use Lyonsleaf Zinc and Calendula cream and it’s really soothing and healing. Visit my Discounts page for a promo code to get 20% off.
- Stress and anxiety can be known to trigger itching so work on that too, if you think you are really anxious, look into ways of managing that stress and anxiety. Everyone is different but I find yoga helps me and anything that helps my heart rate to reduce such as deep breathing, meditation, walking in nature. If your anxiety is causing you a lot of unhappiness please do look into therapy.
You may also be interested in:
- Itchy Palms and Soles of Feet – is it an allergy? – an old blog that has lots of interesting comments.
- 22 Types of Eczema
- Anxiety and itching
- Mindful Scratching – can it help eczema?
Does anyone else get these? How do you treat yours?