Join Date: May 2005
Location: The great grey county - ontario
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um I had this for years - exactly as you are describing. My fingers would be so raw they would get painful cracks, bleed and I would break down in tears at times just trying to diaper a baby because it hurt so bad just to handle anything. I eventualy figured out that it is a form of excema - really nasty blistering allergic exema. For me it was dish soap, but it only flared when I was washing my hands constantly (when i had a young baby, when i had been doing alot of work in the barn) also when the air is really dry in winter.
I've been free of my last flare up for about a year now and am just finally getting my fingerprints back (I had 4 fingers on one hand and 3 on the other involved).
As far as a cure- I got a dishwasher, switched to sposie diapers for my youngest to avoid the rinsing and washing that was getting my hands wet(this was only one factor in this).
As far as relief from the itch(which drove me nuts at night) HOT water - as hot as you can stand - when your hands start to itch under the water it is hot enough. This trick releases nautral cortisol to the area and relives the itching and inflamation (only do this twice a day though as the hot water can also irritate the area.
The big thing is to find the trigger, but the trigger may be something that you where exposed to a while ago but are still living with the consequenses.
Good luck - I know your pain.