Hand eczema is among the most distressing because you are constantly using your hands and they are exposed to the world, as well as the irritants that can trigger your symptoms and cause severe dry skin. Knowing how to treat eczema on hands is of utmost importance to prevent infection and control your symptoms.
Wash Eczema on Hands Properly
Hand eczema can be exacerbated by improper hand washing, so altering your routine ensures clean hands and preventing skin infections without the discomfort. Use warm water, never hot, and when possible, simply rinse with water instead of bringing soap into the mix. When you have to use soap, stick to the simplest soap possible, such as a
grass-fed tallow soap or other all-natural eczema soap. Do not be afraid to try different options to see which are best for you when learning how to treat hand eczema.
Once your hands are clean, use a soft cloth to pat them dry gently - do not rub. While your hands are slightly damp, immediately apply an effective natural eczema cream to restore the hydration that is stripped away during washing to prevent developing hand eczema.
Identify & Avoid Known Irritants
With eczema on hands, irritants vary person to person and can contribute to allergic contact dermatitis (also known as irritant contact dermatitis) as with a nickel allergy. While others are unable to handle foods that contain gluten and the reaction can manifest as eczema. Finding your triggers and irritants can take some time and you have to be diligent, but this is an essential step to treat eczema on hands and most other locations on your body. Consider an elimination diet to see if any foods are triggering your symptoms. You may not be suffering from a true food induced allergic reaction, but food can still lead to eczema. Specifically look to eliminate gluten, dairy and eggs since these tend to be common issues for many people with eczema.
You also want to evaluate the products that you use regularly to see which might be problematic. Consider swapping your cleaning and hygiene products for those that are all-natural. What is important is that the products are free from artificial fragrances and colors since such ingredients are a trigger for a number of people with eczema on hands. Consider moving to a natural laundry detergent for eczema as well.
Moisturize Hand Eczema Effectively
Moisturizing regularly and with a high-quality product is imperative to reduce itching, dryness, inflamed skin and the related hand eczema symptoms. Ideally, the best cream or lotion for hand eczema and sensitive skin will be one with the fewest ingredients possible since the chemicals in commercial products are often a common trigger for eczema. One great example of an excellent natural eczema cream is the Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. This product provides effective hydration with six simple ingredients. It is gentle and will not cause discomfort when you apply it, even if with cracked skin. We recommend you check out our Body Essentials Bundle. It consists of the Manuka cream PLUS our soothing Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap. The soap can be used as a full body soap, but it's perfect for using as a hand soap throughout the day.
Protect with the Right Gloves
The most effective way to protect against eczema on hands is to cover them with the right gloves. This inhibits irritants from coming into contact with the skin on your hands, prevents scratching, allows for faster healing and it keeps hydration in place. Now, the right gloves are very important. You want gloves that are protective, but breathable and soft, such as cotton or bamboo gloves made from 100 percent natural materials. They should also be thin and stretchy so that they are comfortable.
Gloves are ideal for people of all ages, but especially children since it stops them from scratching their hands. Not scratching hand eczema is critical because when you do scratch, it increases the risk of infection and can aggravate the symptoms. These Remedywear's Kids gloves for eczema in TENCEL and zinc are soft and offer great protection.
These Remdywear Adult Gloves for Psoriasis and Eczema are ideal for protecting fragile skin from scratching and irritants. The fabric contains TENCEL and zinc and one study  showed how this blend significantly improved atopic dermatitis symptoms in patients.
Some people may simply prefer cotton, which for years was the gold standard in fabric recommended for eczema. But times are changing and new innovative fabrics have emerged, like the TENCEL and zinc mentioned above and are worth trying. But if you still love cotton, then check out these cotton gloves for adults.
No matter which gloves you choose, wear them overnight with a layer of moisturizer for an extra healing boost - this is called dry wrapping and it works very well for eczema on hands.
Utilize Wet Dressings
When eczema on hands is severe and the above steps just aren't enough, try wet wrapping for quick results. To wet wrap, first soak your hand in warm water for 20 minutes. Then apply a balm or cream in an even layer on your hand eczema. Next, soak a glove in warm water and wring it out until it is just damp. Cover your hands with the damp glove. Lastly, wear a dry glove on top to trap in the moisture from the cream and the wet glove. Wet wrapping is best when done overnight since the moisture will be in place to penetrate your skin for an average of eight hours.
Another option is dry wrapping and it's quite easy and effective!
Now that you know more about how to treat eczema on hands, you can give your skin what it needs to be healthier and less likely to exhibit the uncomfortable, and sometimes embarrassing, symptoms of eczema.
For more information, check out How to Get Rid of Eczema Naturally
 Wiegand, 2013, Skin-protective effects of a zinc oxide-functionalized textile and its relevance for atopic dermatitis. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol; 6: 115–121.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.