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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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