Health Tip: Easing Hand Eczema
(HealthDay News) -- Working with harsh chemicals or doing heavy-duty work with your hands can worsen hand eczema, leaving hands dry and cracked.
The National Eczema Association offers these preventive suggestions:
If your hands get wet, use cotton glove liners and neoprene or vinyl gloves. Wash gloves frequently.
If your hands remain dry, wear fabric or leather work gloves.
Avoid industrial hand cleansers that may contain harsh, irritating ingredients.
Bring to work a bottle of gentle hand cleanser, as well as moisturizer and any skin medication.
Make sure all work surfaces, tools, protective gear and clothing are clean.
Promptly care for any minor wounds on your hands.