I think I have had this troubling fingertips skin condition for last 1.5 years now, gradually increasing, don't knwo what started it, but probably agter some fungal infections of on my groins , so started after vigrous and repeated scratching with fingers. The nails started becoming tough and which I thought was fungal infection of nail, but nail testing for fungal infection came out to be negative.
meanwhile the skin of finger tips, of thumbs, then index fingers then middle fingers, then index fingers and little finger tips started peeling and the area affected was largest on thumbs and smallest on little fingers fingertips, with gradually smaller area from thumb to little fingers with starling symmetry of patterns on both hands.
different ointments including double base and steroid cream have been tried with both reducing soreness for 1 day then not affecting, and I have to change to soemthing else. i have also used nytrol/ latex gloves various times, but now increasingly I am noticing cracks coming on fingertips with blood streaks through cracks, The tips are so painful that i am often disabled from typing, writing and even eating.
The dermatologist diagnosed my groin condition as cruris and prescribed terbinafene one a day for 3 weks, but as it helped my fingers too intially, i kept taking this and this has been 3 months now. but i feel fingers and nail , although thicknes reduced, have come to a plateau and now symtoms are not going down any further. The dermatologist also was going to start me on retinoids, but this never got started.
has any body come across this type of finger tip eczema/ splitting fingertips.? and yes the real finger tips , on the distal ends are often puffy and swollen inside in varying degrees. if so Please indicate how can it get better. thanks