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How To Treat Nail Eczema

By on August 12, 2011

Nail EczemaEczema is a very common skin disorder.  It is usually characterized by red, dry skin rashes that sometimes may seep out some liquids. As a result of this, the skin becomes scaly, dry, rough and discolored. Eczema can affect any part of the body but mostly it appears on hands and feet.

Our finger nails can also become an easy prey to eczema. Nail eczema usually appear on the nail bed and makes nails appear brittle and irritated. It is often observed that children who suck their thumb usually suffer from nail eczema because this makes their nail exposed to heavy moisture (saliva in this case) for a long period of time.

Different Ways To Treat Nail Eczema

It is difficult to treat nail eczema because it’s a chronic skin disorder. You cannot expect your nail eczema to go away if you take up a few medicines and apply some ointments. However, there are certain ways through which you can reduce discomforts related to it. Here are the ways to treat nail eczema:

Keep Your Hands Away From Water

We have already told that over exposure to moisture can be a big reason behind the problem of eczema. Therefore, make sure that you use very less water throughout the day.

Dry Nails

Avoid staying in pool for prolonged hours. Avoid doing dishes without using rubber gloves. Excessive use of water may trigger extreme dryness which makes the eczema rashes even more active.

Find Out, Your Eczema Triggers

If you visit a dermatologist to treat nail eczema, he would suggest you to first, find out the reason to your problem. Extreme anxiety, tension, sweat, use of harsh soap and specific perfumes can be a reason behind it.  These are known as eczema triggers. Find your eczema trigger and try to control or avoid it to get rid of nail eczema.

Cold Compress Do Help

Nail eczema can be pretty disturbing if it’s in a bad state. It can create itching, irritation, inflammation and burning sensation around your nails. If a flare up is occurring on your nails, you can soothe it with the help of cold compress.

Ice Pack

Remember, once you are done with the cold compress with ice packs, don’t forget to apply moisturizer. Otherwise excessive dryness may occur which is dangerous in case of eczema.

Keep Your Nails Properly Moisturized

This is a simple yet effective way to treat nail eczema. Everyday you must apply a medicated moisturizing lotion (sans perfume) to your hands; especially the nail beds. Your hands need to seal moisture, otherwise; it may trigger your nail eczema problem to the next level. So, keep your hands and nails properly moisturized.

Medicines And Ointments For Treating

If nothing from the above seems to work, then you have to consult a dermatologist. Your doc will probably prescribe you some anti fungal or anti bacterial medicines to treat the fungal or bacterial infection.

Anti-fungal Cream

To get rid of itching, ask your doctor about Antihistamines. If the skin has swollen, you can use Corticosteroid cream.

These simple methods may not eradicate the rashes completely but will help to bid adieu to excessive redness and irritation.