Dyshidrotic Dermatitis Symptoms

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis

Dyshidrotic dermatitis is a skin condition that usually affects women, and this disease may also be called dyshidrotic eczema and pompholyx. However, this condition can affect anyone from the age of four years and upwards, although it is rarely seen after the age of seventy five years old. Unlike contact dermatitis this skin disorder will only affect the hands and bottoms of the feet. Some patients may only have a single hand or foot affected, while others have a rash on both upper and lower extremities. Dyshidrotic dermatitis starts with itching, and then the rash develops over time. At first you may notice spots on your extremities which become very itchy, and after some time the rash of small bumps and then small blisters will start to appear one the sides of the fingers and the toes according to Mayo Clinic.

Dyshidrotic dermatitis symptoms vary from one patient to another but most patients report uncontrollable urge to itch, burning sensations, cracking of the skin and thickening of nail ridges. Fifty percent of patients affected by this condition have an underlying skin condition like eczema, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis or other diseases. Other risk factors for this conditions include stressful environment, exposure to toxic substances and simply having sensitive skin. In some cases worsening of the symptoms are witnessed like secondary infections of bacterial and fungal nature that may require antibiotic or antimycotic treatment accordingly.

The cause of dyshidrotic dermatitis remains unknown at this point. Doctors speculate on the causes of this condition and their opinions vary from hereditary reasons to dysfunction of the sweat glands, to sensitivities to various metals and many others. In some patients symptoms have a clearly seasonal factor. In others, blistery rash keeps flaring up no matter the season year round. Since the cause of the symptoms is not clear according to Medscape, other conditions like psoriasis or diabetes could be misdiagnosed for dyshidrotic dermatitis.

Rhus dermatitis can create a similar rash with small blisters and intense itching, but this condition is caused by coming into contact with one of the poison ivy family of plants, which belong to the Rhus genus. Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac can all cause a rash on the hands and feet which could possibly be mistaken for dyshidrotic dermatitis, but these plants will affect any area of skin and not just the hands and feet. Exfoliative dermatitis is a serious condition that involves all layers of the skin, and affects the entire body, so it is not difficult for the physician to differentiate between these conditions most of the time.

Lichenoid dermatitis can also cause a rash that affects the deeper tissues of the skin, and this condition should be evaluated immediately by your physician because it can be very serious. Dyshidrotic dermatitis can be uncomfortable, with itching, burning and pain, blisters, and brown areas that can lead to the peeling of skin from your hands and feet. This condition can become serious, especially if any of the blisters break open and skin infections occur.

References:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1122527-overview