Eczema is a condition that results in itchy, inflamed skin. It is a chronic irritating rash occurring in flareups. It generally runs in families and often occurs with allergies. Eczema begins in infancy and can continue through adolescence, typically ending in adulthood. Eczema is not contagious, but it can persist over the course of a lifetime.
About Fingertip Eczema
Eczema consists of watery, bumpy, red patches on the skin. It is generally most prominent on the hands, but it can spread to other parts of the body as well. Fingertip eczema is a condition in which the whole finger or parts of the finger are affected by eczema. Fingertip eczema is especially uncomfortable because it can cause numbness, stiffness and a burning sensation in the fingers. Those affected by fingertip eczema often suffer from cracked, dry fingers.
Fingertip eczema is cyclical. After it appears, the skin begins to peel off as it heals. Then peeling continues until all of the damaged skin falls off of the finger. This cycle can continue with the same finger over and over, or it may move from one finger or hand to another. While there is no cure for the condition, it can be controlled with certain remedies.
Prevention of Fingetip Eczema Flareups
Fingertip eczema can be controlled to some extent by ensuring that the skin does not dry out. Those suffering from eczema should take great care to make sure that the skin is sufficiently moisturized. Lotions and creams should be non-irritating and can vary in thickness. Those choosing thinner preparations will need to use them more often, so thicker creams are often the preferred option for eczema patients. Mild soaps should be used to clean the hands, and mild, sensitive-skin formula moisturizers should be used. Additionally, the temperature in the home should remain steady, sensitive skin laundry detergent should be used, harsh chemicals should be avoided and the skin should be patted dry rather than rubbed.
Cigarettes and caffeine are thought to worsen eczema conditions; therefore, patients are encouraged to avoid them.
Remedy for Eczema of the Fingertips
Those suffering from eczema should seek the advice of a physician first in order to get a full explanation and assessment of the condition. Once treatment is prescribed, it can often be complemented with other remedies.
Most physicians will prescribe anti-inflammatory topical medications such as steroids or immunomodulators. Topical medications are often placed on the hands at night and gloves are worn to allow the medication to fully absorb into the skin and to keep the sufferer from scratching or rubbing. Combined steroid and antibacterial medications may also be used, as can antibiotics.
In addition to medications, patients may choose alternative therapies for eczema of the fingers. Patients can grate nutmeg and add water to make a paste to apply to the affected areas daily. Other recommended home remedies include rubbing the juice of green finger millet leaves on the area daily, adding indigo naturalis to mild lotion to make a topical ointment for daily use or adding one teaspoon of camphor oil to one teaspoon of sandalwood paste to rub on eczema as needed.