Here's the link to the article I first read http://boingboing.net/2012/01/03/cells.html
And here's the link to an article I found when googling to try to find the first article http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2004/02/12/996867.htm
The first one isn't very scientific but I bet with some additional googling or research, we could find something. You know, cause we all have so much free time with two hands available for typing
Dyshydrotic ezcema appears on the feet and/or hands. Mine is only on my hands, thank god. It started three weeks after DS1 was born and only cleared up during the pregnancy with DS2 (which makes sense since your immune system is repressed so it doesn't attack the fetus). It came back with a vengence three weeks after DS2 was born. It starts as itchy little fluid blisters under the skin which pop and weep. Then your skin cracks open and gets rough and scaly and your fingers get swollen because of all the fluid in them. It's awful, painful, and I expect to have it for the rest of my life when Im not pregnant. I only have it on my right hand at the moment but I have had it on both hands at the same time and its debilitating. I bleed all over everything from the cracks, i can't bend my fingers because they are swollen, I itch at night in my sleep even when I wear gloves and creams don't do anything for me. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
thegoodearth, are you nursing? Can you take prednisone while nursing? I know that cortisteroids and prednisone are options but I'm so scared of the unknown side effects that I would rather suffer with a known problem then set myself up for unknown problems. Is your elimination diet an anti-inflammatory diet? I've looked at those but they seem to be pretty much how I eat now so I'm not sure how much it would help. There is also a theory out there that ezcema is a symptom of a nickel allergy. I found a research paper about it and emailed the guy for a list of the foods that are high in nickel for a nickel avoidance diet. I have the email list on my computer at work (where I'm currently not cause of the bub). If I remember and if you or anyone else is interested, I'll PM you when I get back to work for your email and forward it on to you.
Whew! I didn't mean to write a book about this. I really wish that someone would do a study about this stuff so that I could be a test subject and maaaaybe, just maaaybe not have to resort to being constantly pregnant to fix the problem. DH would probably walk out the door if I told him that we were going to have to have 10 kids so that my ezcema stayed away