During flare-ups you can use Eucerin AtoControl Acute Care Cream as an adjunctive care product alongside medical treatment as recommended by your doctor. Adjunctive care is the medical term for a product that increases the benefits of another product. Whilst not a medical product, or intended to replace one, Eucerin AtoControl Acute Care Cream contains Menthoxypropandiol (an extract of menthol) and Decanediol (an anti-bacterial active) which are proven to cool and calm skin and bring quick relief.
You can read more in Identifying and managing flare-ups and, for information on how to care for Hand Eczema in infants read Atopic Dermatitis and babies and Atopic Dermatitis and children.
Avoiding triggers of Hand Eczema
- The best treatment for Hand Eczema is to try and avoid whatever is triggering it. Here are some of the things that others have found can make a difference:
- Wear protective clothing (e.g. gloves) to avoid exposure
- Wear cotton gloves under heavy duty vinyl or neoprene gloves to protect skin from rubbing and prevent moisture build up inside the gloves.
- Dry the inside of rubber gloves after use and keep cotton gloves clean (wash them regularly using a fragrance- and soap-free detergent or your hand wash)
- Limit the amount of jewellery you wear, remove it at night and clean it regularly.
Steroids are the most common medical treatment option, but mild steroid creams and ointments (such as a 1% Hydrocorstione) do not always address symptoms on thick skin so, in some cases, your doctor may recommend a stronger formulation. Ultraviolet (UV) therapy is also sometimes used to treat severe Hand Dermatitis.