It’s been a rough couple of days since my last blogpost. My fingers have developed blisters to the point that I can’t curl my fingers into a fist anymore. The sight is ghastly. I am now wearing cotton gloves on my hands to (1) not look at how bad my hands are and (2) to keep the moisture locked in.
I did a bit of research and have found that I most likely have dyshidrotic eczema on my fingers (which is different from the eczema on the rest of my hands, face and neck). It seems that dyshidrotic eczema is most often caused by an allergy, which got me thinking – what have I changed in my life since my last weekly update? I immediately thought about the balm I’m using. I noted that I was going to use the Calming Eczema Cream but received the Wonder Balm in the mail a couple of hours after writing the blogpost. I liked the smell of the Wonder Balm better than the Calming Eczema Cream so for the past two days I have been using the Wonder Balm. After waking up I noticed I had more and more blisters on my fingers and today I decided I had to stop using this cream because I can barely use my hands. I’m switching back to the Calming Eczema Cream.
I also thought about my diet. A number of websites and research papers note that a metal allergy can cause dyshidrotic eczema – the most popular being nickel. Some foods that are high in nickel are: kidney beans, legumes, and leafy greens. All food that I ate in large amounts in the past two days – rajma, yellow daal, and kale salad. I found a Low Nickel Diet (courtesy of Penn State Hershey Dermatology) that I’m going to attempt to follow for the next couple of months.
One positive aspect of this eczema on my fingers is that hasn’t itched like the eczema on my right elbow pit. I’m hoping this stays the same because itching this type of eczema can slow down the healing process. Hoping for the best!