A project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health

Skip Navigation

Womens Health logo

Subscribe to health news headlines email updates.

Health Headlines

divider line
health day

Health Tip: Help Prevent Hand Eczema

(HealthDay News) -- Hand eczema is characterized by itchy, red, dry and tender hands. It may surprise you to learn that "dishpan hands" are a form of hand eczema.

The National Eczema Association suggests how to prevent or minimize symptoms of hand eczema:

  • If symptoms are flaring, keep your hands as dry as possible.
  • When washing hands, use a gentle, perfume-free cleanser and a little lukewarm water. Gently blot them dry and quickly apply a moisturizer.
  • Don't use a hand sanitizer when hand eczema is flaring.
  • Protect your hands with gloves when working with food or water.
  • Wear cotton gloves while doing chores around the house.
  • Don't wear rings while doing housework or washing hands.
  • Ask someone else to shampoo your hair. Or use waterproof gloves.

Return to top