BEWARE of smearing on too much prescription topical cortisone creams for too long a period on the afflicted areas; years of doing so destroyed the natural fatty sub layer underneath the skin of my hands, and now they resemble those of a woman twice my age. The moisturizers and lotions I was told to use only made the outbreak far worse.
If you have other mystery afflictions, be persistent with your medical providers. I've suffered with Dyshidrotic Eczema intensely all over my fingers and sometimes lower legs for over 30 years, along with a wide variety of severe and sometimes life-threatening other ailments from vomiting and passing blood to facial rashes to episodes involving my kidneys, liver, pancreas, etc. For 20 of those years the doctors were baffled.
At last, after a vicious nearly unstoppable bout with pneumonia, a doctor I thank God for discovered the connection. My ANA levels were tested and found to be 300 times above normal. That, and a multitude of other tests along with my medical history, showed conclusively that I am battling SLE lupus. It took years of Plaquenil, Prednesone, and several other prescription medicines to stabilize me. I am not yet in remission, but thank God I am still alive!
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