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blisters on finger-tips/sore skin on hands

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 17, 2009
  • 00:42 PM

as a child i suffered eczema on my arms and shoulderblade and behind my knees

but about two years ago, i developed this odd rash on my finger tips.
it begins as a mass of tiny little painfull blisters, which fill with fluid and then burst to form a sort of hole, like a needle ****k hole. Which then fills with a scab and is quite itchy.
it then turns dry and flakes off and makes big clear scabs that crack and flake away.



At the time when it first appeared i was working as a florist and the doctor told me it was chemical burn from using bleach to clean the vases. and gave me steroid cream which made it go away.
but it has returned as of last december and i havnt come in contact with bleach or any harsh chemicals ( i always wear gloves) since the florist job 23 months ago.
i work as a horticulturist/gardener now. but the rash comes and goes intermittantly. and flares up at odd times, like when i was on holidays away from work. for one week it flared up. and then goes away, and comes back again etc repeatative pattern.

i cant work out what is causing it.
steroid creams don't control it any more.prolonged use is no good for your bones either ive heard. and there is nothing i can do that makes it feel better.
i use non soap body wash in the shower (QV brand) and qv moisturiser.

it affects my life in so many ways , while cooking my hands hurt, if i touch onion or citrus or garlic or fruits i feel intense stinging and pain.
sensitive to pressure if i am carrying bags of shopping or gripping anything blood comes out of the blisters and scabs.
if i hold onto my boyfriends hand for too long and it gets a tiny bit sweaty it stings
and in the shower /washing my hands if the water is hot or cold it hurts my hands.

It has just started to make a patch on the back of my right hand also.

i have seen 5 different GP's about it and i cant afford to see a specialist yet cause they charge 250 per consultation!!!
and i have to save up a while.

Thought id check on here before forking out- ill try anything!!!!!!!


any help will be much appreciated.

-Maryanne

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  • I have alot of skin issues with hives rashes etc. If you have skin problems the first thing you should do is quit using unnatural and scented soaps, shampoos, dish soap, laundry detergents, and hand soaps (especially at restaurants etc). Many allergies are a combination of factors. You capacity to resist allergens operates like a glass. You fill the glass up with allergens, and once there are enough of them it overflows- you get an allergic reaction. If you are having a sever reaction like that I recommend you take a trip down to Whole Foods and pick up some unscented 365 brand shampoo and conditioner, a couple of bars of their unscented natural oatmeal soap, and scope out what kind of non-comedogenic dish soaps they migh have. Then over to Walgreens, and pick up some Arm and Hammer perfume free laundry soap. I need to uset his detergent otherwise I get hives. I stayed over at my moms house so she started using it and found that the persistent rashes she used to get on her hands went away. Part of being allergic to something that adds to us having to endure the symptoms is refusal to accept the solution. Many people get adverse skin reactions to food, especially wheat or gluten (or both). This also happened to me. You can develop an allergy that you didn't used to have. It's so hard to cut these thigns out of your diet that many people refuse to accept the allergy and live with medication or deal with the symptoms of the illness. I hope you can figure out what's causing it. But know this- something IS causing it. I would do a test wherein you try to eliminate the common allergens you are in contact with. Think about the glass metaphor to understand why it's good to try eliminating many common allergens at once. Good luck to you!
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  • I think they are cold sores....try to keep your fingers warm and moisturised
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2009
    • 06:32 AM
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  • as a child i suffered eczema on my arms and shoulderblade and behind my kneesbut about two years ago, i developed this odd rash on my finger tips. it begins as a mass of tiny little painfull blisters, which fill with fluid and then burst to form a sort of hole, like a needle ****k hole. Which then fills with a scab and is quite itchy.it then turns dry and flakes off and makes big clear scabs that crack and flake away.At the time when it first appeared i was working as a florist and the doctor told me it was chemical burn from using bleach to clean the vases. and gave me steroid cream which made it go away.but it has returned as of last december and i havnt come in contact with bleach or any harsh chemicals ( i always wear gloves) since the florist job 23 months ago.i work as a horticulturist/gardener now. but the rash comes and goes intermittantly. and flares up at odd times, like when i was on holidays away from work. for one week it flared up. and then goes away, and comes back again etc repeatative pattern.i cant work out what is causing it.steroid creams don't control it any more.prolonged use is no good for your bones either ive heard. and there is nothing i can do that makes it feel better.i use non soap body wash in the shower (QV brand) and qv moisturiser.it affects my life in so many ways , while cooking my hands hurt, if i touch onion or citrus or garlic or fruits i feel intense stinging and pain.sensitive to pressure if i am carrying bags of shopping or gripping anything blood comes out of the blisters and scabs.if i hold onto my boyfriends hand for too long and it gets a tiny bit sweaty it stingsand in the shower /washing my hands if the water is hot or cold it hurts my hands.It has just started to make a patch on the back of my right hand also. i have seen 5 different GP's about it and i cant afford to see a specialist yet cause they charge 250 per consultation!!!and i have to save up a while.Thought id check on here before forking out- ill try anything!!!!!!!any help will be much appreciated.-MaryanneHello Maryann: My name is angel. I have been a florist for 26 years and I am experiencing the same thing as you. I even left the floral industry for a while to let my hands heal. It did work. But I missed flowers so much I opened a floral shop of my own. I work very long hours and got lax on wearing gloves this holiday. Unfortunetly the stuff on my hands got to severe i went to the emergency room for treatmentl, when the irritation moved up my arms and face swelling. It started out like yours, tiny blisters that are painful and fill with blisters, they itch and burn so bad. I have learned that if u catch it in this stage, you can stop the spreading. If you use vicks vapor rub and put a glove over it to let that soak in , it really really helps with the burning, itching and inflamtion. You have to remove the glove when it starts to got sweaty. then let the vicks dry up on your hand. When u go to bed at night do the same thing except instead of a vinyl glove put a loose sock over your hand. That lets the air in and u won't sweat with it over night. It seems tedious, but it is the only thing that has gotten me better. Unfortunetly as i started off telling you, for some reason it moved from my fingers and into my blood stream. I am hoping the steriods get it under control.....I hope my advice helps you maryanne. I know what your dealing with is very very painful and people do not understand. Take careAngel
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  • MaryAnn - I had a few skin problems when I was young, but they always disappeared with short treatment. I don't know if they relate to my problem now. Starting in my 40's, I began getting tiny fluid filled blisters on my palms and fingertips, which would eventually break open and dry up, creating crusty, dry, cracking, itchy skin. That eventually led to redness and peeling skin in larger and larger areas - along with the incessant itching. When they first started, I could get rid of them by using a pin to break the blister and applying peroxide. Soon that didn't work. Then I asked my doctor and she prescribed a cream (Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream USP 0.05%) which helped as long as I used it at least once a day, but then it became less effective. Then I went to a dermatologist, who said this was a hereditary skin thickening condition and the fluid filled sacs were perspiration that couldn't get out. He prescribed a different cream (Clobetasol propionate 0.05%), which worked better. He also told me that, yes, sometimes peroxide would help for a while - they don't know exactly why. And also antibiotics would clear it up temporarily - they don't know exactly why. So when I have flare-ups, I use the cream - sometimes putting it on at night with some thin cotton gloves I have to keep the bedclothes from getting greasy. A couple months ago it was especially bad, and had been for some time. Then last month I got an unrelated infection and was put on an antibiotic (Flagyl). My hands are perfectly clear, better than they've been in years. I'm sure it will come back and I'll have to go back on the cream, but I'm enjoying my "remission". By the way, my father had this condition, but died in 1964, so probably never knew a good treatment. My daughter is beginning to develop it now.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 5, 2010
    • 08:43 PM
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  • Maryanne, I had and still have a similar problem. Developed when I worked for a food manufacturere and was required to wera latex, then vinyl gloves. Got to the point I didn't want to leave the house as it was horrible and painful.I went to see a Dermatologinst $215 for 15 min appointment!, and he sent away scrapings to see if it was fungal, it wasn't, so he said they are dry, and that causes the skin to do this. He told me there was ONE moisturising cream I could use to my heart's content on them, and it wouldn't make the problem worseNEUTROGENA- Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. He also prescribed Diprosone for when it was really bad. If you moisturise all the time, even after the symptoms dissapear, they will stay away. But once you think it's gone and you stop moisturising, it comes back. Usually my hands flare up two weeks after being exposed to something, or when i'm extreemely upset.Doctors will continue to take your money, and prescribe you everything under the sun, and these cost a huge amount and waste you time. Just go to the Dematologist, it's a lot cheaper in the long run, and you get a soloution.Hope this advice helpsMikayla
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