Nettle tea time
Nettle tea offers many benefits, and hand eczema relief is one of them—here are some other benefits of nettle tea to know about. The plant’s antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and pain-relieving abilities can soothe eczema. You can drink the tea or brew a cup, let it cool, and apply the liquid directly to your skin.
A little wax
A paraffin wax bath can be very soothing for dry, irritated hands, Dr. Lio says. Paraffin is a natural emollient that softens and smooths skin. “There are many brands available and most are inexpensive, like Dr. Scholl’s Quick Heat Hand & Foot Wax Paraffin Spa Bath Kit,” he says. Make sure to follow the instructions on the label. Here are some more all-natural solutions for eczema and psoriasis.
Soak and smear
Soaking your hands in warm water then applying a heavy moisturizer such as Aquaphor, CeraVe Healing ointment, Theraplex or Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and apply a thin pair of cotton gloves, Dr. Lio suggests. “This can be very soothing and helps restore the moisture and barrier to the hands or feet,” he says. Adam Friedman, MD, an associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Hospital in Washington DC, calls this exercise “hand boot camp.” His Rx? “Once or twice a week, soak hands in water for about five minutes, lightly pat dry so they are still very damp, grease up with an ointment or cream-based moisturizer, then glove up with either cotton or nitrile (not latex gloves), says Dr. Friedman. “In an ideal world, sleeping with them on would be best, but I am a realist and this doesn’t end well. I usually say watch a movie or an hour-long show with them on.” Another great way to stop eczema in its tracks it to prevent it altogether. Which of these 15 causes of eczema are you ignoring?