Can dyshidrotic eczema spread?

Have you ever heard of the phrase “sharing is caring”? That’s all good and well when it comes to a bag of chips or a slice of pizza, but what about when it comes to skin conditions? Specifically, can dyshidrotic eczema spread from one person to another? In this article, we’ll dive into the nitty-gritty details of whether or not your itch could be someone else’s problem.

What is Dyshidrotic Eczema?

Before we talk about spreading, let’s first get clear on what exactly dyshidrotic eczema even is. Also known as pompholyx eczema or hand eczema, this type of eczema typically appears on the hands and feet in the form of small blisters that are intensely itchy. These blisters may burst and crust over, leaving raw patches of skin behind. Fun stuff!

Who Gets Dyshidrotic Eczema?

Anyone can develop dyshidrotic eczema, but it tends to occur more frequently in adults aged 20-40 who have a history of hay fever or other allergies. It often flares up during times when stress levels are high. If you’re feeling particularly frazzled lately and notice some tiny welts popping up on your fingers – sorry Charlie – it might be time to start considering if you too have been afflicted with DE.

Is Dyshidrotic Eczema Contagious / Spreadable?

The short answer is nope! You’re not going to catch DE from somebody else like you would a cold virus after sitting next an infected person sneezing their heart out (ew). As far as medical experts know at this point,dyshidrosis is non-infectious which means that there isn’t a risk of someone “catching” the condition like a cold or flu.

But Why Me?

So, if DE isn’t spreadable, how come you’re the one covered in tiny itchy blisters? Unfortunately we lack an appropriate answer to that question as well. There is no single known cause of dyshidrotic eczema; however certain environmental factors can act as triggers for its appearance. Heat, sweat and humidity are common culprits when trying to determine what caused a breakout.

Some Other Risk Factors for Dyshidrosis

  • A history of allergies
  • Frequent exposure to water (such as from hand washing)
  • Emotional stress
  • Climate conditions (like high temperatures or dryness)
    Pro-tip: Moving somewhere with sub-zero temperatures will not cure your eczema – and could lead to some frozen fingers!

How Can You Treat / Manage Dyshidrotic Eczema?

As previously stated, there’s not much doctors can do about preventing dyshidrotic eczema since they don’t yet know exactly what causes it – if they did have all the answers we probably wouldn’t be here chatting now would we? With that being said there are different things you try out until you hopefully find something that helps ease some symptoms:

Topical creams & ointments

One approach could include using topical creams which should help diminish itching and inflammation. However picking any old cream off the counter at your local pharmacy may actually worsen instead of alleviate worsened symptoms/allergy irritation – so consult your dermatologist who would suggest compatible medication fit based on trial tests/swab tests against multiple medicines.

Covering Blisters

If you’re embarrassed by holding hands with someone while sporting clusters/droplets’ tattoos across them then covering affected areas on hands/feet might offer temporary relief(as if wearing gloves made with cooling materials – a temporary relief). Wear them when discomforts are unbearable.

Reducing Stress

In times where you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, (besides cracking in those whack-a-mole bubbles on your fingers) the irritating and uncomfortable symptoms of dyshidrotic eczema can even increase in frequency. It is suggested that adopting stress-relieving techniques like yoga or deep breathing could lead to lower levels of frustration-induced breakouts.

Consulting with Medical Professionals

Above all else, it’s absolutely crucial to discuss these unpredictable flare ups with medical professionals who’ll suggest you appropriate courses-of-treatments/management routines suited for each individual skin type(Each remedy providing different outcomes catered for every individual)

In a Nutshell

So there you have it folks! While sharing chips from the same bag with someone might be fine and dandy, spreading dyshidrotic eczema really isn’t our idea of ‘sharing is caring’. Though DE isn’t actually contagious so no need to lace up some gloves before interacting with anyone. At this time since triggers vary by person one treatment recommendation won’t necessarily fit everyone so; consulting Dermatologists seem inevitable considering severity of bouts being distinct always!

TLDR: Dyshidrotic eczema cannot spread between individuals like other infectious diseases but through personal habits involving environmental factors/various health conditions we put ourselves at risk – if diagnosed create dialogue w/dermatologist(s)/health professionals for most useful suggestions pertaining individual management solutions(updated skincare routine & other practices)