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Weeping eczema

Weeping eczema

There are many types of eczemas. Some of them are inherited, some can be acquired due to wear of the skin and others can be caused for example by combination of medicaments and sun exposure. Sometimes, the eczema appears only in a form of dry skin or itchy pimples. But sometimes, a persistent and painful weeping eczema appears.

The weeping eczema is very common symptom of dyshidrotic eczema. This form appears predominantly on palms, between fingers and on external edges of the fingers, and sometimes on the sole of the feet. An eruption of small pimples appears under the skin that might not be visible, but they are palpable. They can but do not have to itch. They are filled with sterile fluid, gradually crack and cause peeling skin.
The atopic, allergic contact and irritant contact eczemas can have similar symptoms. In such cases, the eruption of blisters is preceded by reddening and redness of the skin, slight swelling and severe itching. The eruption can occur anywhere on the body. The blisters crack, skin becomes calloused, crusts are forming on the skin that tend to crack and bleed.

Diaper dermatitis and intertrigo can also cause a weeping rash.

How to treat weeping eczema and weeping rash?

If the issue is revealed in early stages, it can be treated with non-prescription zinc-based cream that might dry the blister before the crack. If the skin is already cracked, zinc-based cream won’t be effective.

Once the eczema starts oozing, a home remedy can be tried. The doctors recommend black tea poultices, baths in pink potassium permanganate solution or in Solutio Jarisch. Poultices and baths can be applied only for 5 minutes maximum. After the treatment, smear the affected area with black ichtoxyl ointment that prevents the open wound from infection and maintains the skin flexible.

What not to do: Do not wash the weeping eczema too often. Do not smear it with a zinc-based or greasy creams. The risk of secondary infection is in such case significantly higher. Do not apply band-aid or synthetic coverage onto the deposit, leave the affected area exposed to air. Do not apply popular chamomile poultice. Although chamomile dries the skin, it is a strong allergen and thus does not benefit the broken skin at all.

If the condition of the eczema dies not improve in several days, or, on contrary, even spreads, severely itches and aches, seeking the medical attention is necessary. On the basis of the medical examination, the doctor prescribes a corticosteroid cream with or without antibiotic component. Corticosteroids are in most cases nothing to be afraid of.

The majority of eczemas and rashes occurs repeatedly, as the weakened skin is succumbed to aggressive substances. If you suffer from repeated occurrence of eczemas and rashes, try to apply a barrier cream Dermaguard. It will protect your skin as an invisible shield for up to 6 hours. The cream strengthens damaged skin barrier.

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