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Eczema on Hands: 5 Doctor-Approved Home Remedies

Reader's Digest Logo By Denise Mann, MS of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 5: Shocking, we know. But if you have the symptoms of eczema on your hands, including redness, itching, deep painful cracks, and blisters, and they tend to get worse in the winter and with frequent hand washing, you'll try anything, right? First, try using regular moisturization and avoiding eczema triggers, says Peter A. Lio, MD, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology & Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Then? 'Super glue is so helpful for cracks on the hands/fingers that they actually made a specific version just for this purpose that can be great for people who need to wash their hands frequently and get splits and cracks,' he says. Apply a thin coat, squeeze the edges of the crack together and let the glue dry. Heads up: it may sting for a few seconds, but will act as liquid stitches. Here's how to figure out if your itchy skin is caused by eczema—or something else.

Super glue to the rescue!

Shocking, we know. But if you have the symptoms of eczema on your hands, including redness, itching, deep painful cracks, and blisters, and they tend to get worse in the winter and with frequent hand washing, you'll try anything, right? First, try using regular moisturization and avoiding eczema triggers, says Peter A. Lio, MD, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology & Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Then? 'Super glue is so helpful for cracks on the hands/fingers that they actually made a specific version just for this purpose that can be great for people who need to wash their hands frequently and get splits and cracks,' he says. Apply a thin coat, squeeze the edges of the crack together and let the glue dry. Heads up: it may sting for a few seconds, but will act as liquid stitches. Here's how to figure out if your itchy skin is caused by eczema—or something else.
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