Types of Eczema: Dyshidrotic Eczema

Types of Eczema: Dyshidrotic Eczema

When you think of blisters, what comes to mind first?

Probably not eczema… But a seldom talked about form of eczema called dyshidrotic eczema actually causes blisters to form on the hands and feet. 

That’s right. The blisters on your feet may not be from your shoes!

If you’re like many people, you probably haven’t heard of dyshidrotic eczema, so let’s dive into what it is, what causes it, and how to treat this pesky skin condition.


What Is Dyshidrotic Eczema? 

Dyshidrotic eczema is a type of eczema that causes blisters on the hands and feet that often come and go over extended periods of time. Dyshidrotic eczema is also sometimes called pompholyx, foot-and-hand eczema, palmoplantar eczema, or vesicular eczema.

Symptoms include:

  • Blisters (called vesicles) located on the palms of hands, soles of feet, as well as the sides of your fingers and toes
  • Itching, burning, pain
  • Red, peeling skin after blisters heal

    What Causes Dyshidrotic Eczema?

    The exact cause of dyshidrotic eczema remains unknown. However, it is most common in women between the ages of 20 and 40. Nickel, stress, hay fever, hot and humid weather, and sweaty palms aren’t thought to be causes — but potential triggers. Dyshidrotic eczema runs in families, which indicates genetics may play a role in its development.


    How to Treat Dyshidrotic Eczema

    There is no cure for foot-and-hand eczema, but you can treat your skin to help manage symptoms and prevent future flare-ups. Here are six ways to help improve the health of your skin and get you back to feeling comfortable… and not so itchy!


    1. Apply a Cold Compress

    Scratching itchy skin will only make your eczema worse. In fact, you run the risk of breaking open the skin and leaving you at a greater risk of an infection that will slow down healing.

    That’s why it’s crucial to take action to reduce itching. Many people who suffer from eczema have success minimizing itching by applying a cold compress.

    To create a cold compress, run a washcloth under cold water until moistened. Remove any excess water, and apply the homemade compress to your eczema patch. You can repeat this process as often throughout the day as needed to prevent scratching... You may also find it helpful to soak your hands or feet in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes.


    2. Moisturize

    Moisturizing the skin after cleansing is a healthy routine to develop, no matter your skin condition. Ingredients like glycerin and ceramides used in moisturizers help retain moisture in the skin and protect its natural barrier.

    If you’ve had dry skin before, you also know that dry skin equals itchy skin. That’s why moisturizing can help itching, just like a cold compress.

    Whether you’re experiencing a flare-up of dyshidrotic eczema or not, moisturize after cleansing to help the skin heal and prevent future flare-ups.

    3. Balance the Skin Microbiome


    Trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses live on your skin’s surface. They make up what’s called your skin microbiome, also known as the skin flora or microbiota. When in balance, these microorganisms live peacefully on the skin and even work together to protect your body from outside environmental threats.

    However, when your skin microbiome becomes unbalanced, skin conditions like atopic dermatitis (eczema), acne, and rosacea can develop.

    While an imbalance in the skin microbiome may not be the direct cause of your dyshidrotic eczema, in severe cases of the skin condition when open wounds are involved, an imbalance of bad bacteria in the skin microbiome can create an opportunity for infection causing bacteria to take over and make the skin condition worse. 

    That’s why keeping these bacteria in their ideal ratio is so important.

    Even though an imbalance in the skin microbiome can contribute to, cause, and worsen eczema flare-ups, almost all of the eczema treatments available today fail to address this imbalance in microorganisms.

    That’s why we created Gladskin Eczema Cream to help soothe your angry skin and help you experience glad skin again.

    Gladskin Eczema Cream uses Micreobalance® (a patented smart protein) that works with your skin — instead of against it — to restore balance to the skin microbiome gently and effectively while moisturizing at the same time. It’s formulated without any resistance-causing or harsh ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about that.

    Gladskin Eczema Cream is free of steroids, fragrances, drying alcohols, preservatives, parabens, and sulfates. It’s clinically tested and safely formulated for anyone three months old and up. 

    That means you can treat your eczema without any “buts.” Just results.

    In fact, four out of five users experience reduced itch and redness associated with eczema. You can too… Learn more.


    5. Avoid Triggers


    Nickel, stress, hay fever, and hot and humid weather are all potential triggers of dyshidrotic eczema.

    Avoiding these environmental factors and irritants likely won’t cause your dyshidrotic eczema to disappear completely, but minimizing these triggers should help lessen flare-ups and make management easier.

    You can’t avoid triggers altogether, but do what you can to:

    • Steer clear of nickel-containing jewelry
    • Rinse off sweat caused by warm weather
    • Minimize stress through stress management techniques and lifestyle adjustments
    • Manage seasonal allergies


    6. Consult Your Dermatologist


    If the blisters on your hands and/or feet don’t go away or worsen, contact your dermatologist or primary healthcare provider.

    Your dermatologist can evaluate the condition of your skin to recommend a personalized treatment plan to help you claim glad skin and live itch-free.

    To help treat your dyshidrotic eczema, a dermatologist may recommend the use of:

    • A topical corticosteroid
    • Antihistamines to help with the itch and reduce scratching that can make the skin condition worse

    If you’re considering corticosteroids (a.k.a steroid creams), remember the possible unwanted effects of overusing steroids, including topical steroid withdrawal.

    Knowing the benefits and potential side effects of each treatment option you’re considering will help you choose the best solution for your skin health.



    Dyshidrotic eczema can negatively impact your quality of life by causing unwanted pain and discomfort. While there’s no way to completely cure your hands and feet of these pesky blisters, you can help manage the itch and help prevent flare-ups through lifestyle adjustments, topical creams like Gladskin Eczema Cream, and the help of your dermatologist.