Hand eczema is a common problem which typically presents with red scaly and or crusting swollen skin. The problem can be due to a variety of topical irritants or chemicals or may be due to an allergy due to occupational exposure. In fact, studies show that hand eczema is the most common occupational disease, and accounts for up to 80 percent of all cases of skin inflammation. This article on Kosa-TV
Dr. Mejia states that hand eczema can be cured if the source of the allergen is identified. He typically sees many patient in which the problem is exacerbated by overwashing of the hands and failure to moisturize. Allergy skin testing can be done to identify the most common allergens which may be responsible for the eruption. Dr Mejia further emphasizes to his patients the importance of daily moisturization and a proper evaluation to identify the exacerbating culprit.