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Heya all. Sorry for the wall of text.
In a nutshell:
I've developed what I think is Pompholyx/Dyshydrosis/Hand Eczema on my left hand middle finger and it has spread and some bumps are now showing on the back of that hand too! I've been told "it's a type of eczema" by the doctors, by researching into it myself I am assuming it is Pomphloyx as the symptoms match.
When I was little I suffered badly with eczema on the backs of my legs. I also got and still get dry skin on the face and very dry flaky scalp.
The eczema on the back of my legs eventually went and through the years I've had little flare ups or dry red patches here and there, mainly on my neck where a necklace would rub etc... but nothing that would just go away after a while and nothing that I'd consider needed treatment. I am now 24, going on 25.
About 2 months ago, I was down visiting my boyfriend in London and we planned to go to Thorpe Park together on his motorcycle for 2 days, staying at a hotel overnight.
It was scorching hot those days, hitting the 30C with little shade and packed queues. I did get quite dehydrated the first day and was very hot. I felt a little ill at the end of that day but we had to get geared up again to ride to the hotel. My neck was very sore and I looked in the mirror at the hotel only to see a massive ring of red all around my neck with weeping oozy areas. I was so so sore. The 2nd day I tried to keep cooler and kept checking up on my neck. I kept my necklace off. I also got ezcema flaring up on my left wrist too.
After coming home from London, I booked an appointment with the doc and he gave me some steroid cream (Locoid Lipocream 0.1% w/w) and some Balneum cream to moisturize. I have seen great improvement and only a little redness shows now, occasionally flaring up when I get hot. My wrist eczema spread a little and is still there.
Now moving on to my worries of the hand eczema. Just before I went down to london, I was at a car boot sale with my family. It was another scorching hot Sunday hitting atleast 30C again. I kept looking at my middle finger on my left hand as I felt a little prickly on the skin above the nail. After that day, the skin started to peel back, more and more. After getting the creams from the doctor for my neck I used some of the moisturizer on my finger too for a few weeks to see if it helped. After a few weeks, my finger had peeled even more and was starting to go around the sides. I was getting worried. Little bubbles with fluid in were appearing and some where filled with yellow pussy fluid. It looked infected so I went back to the doctors but saw a different doctor who was available. He gave me another steroid for my finger called Fucibert Cream 2% w/w which has a antibiotic in it too. He told me I would see results in a few days.
Within 3 days the yellow pussy bumps had cleared up and the skin was smooth but still red and inflamed. I slowly started coming off of it as he didn't say how long to use it for. Since then the little bumps have come back and has spread more and more around my finger to the point where the eczema is almost joining on the underneath now. It is dry and cracked and I can't fully bend my finger.
I went back to the doctor I saw firstly a week ago and he had a look. He told me to continue using the locoid lipocream on my neck and wrist and also on my finger. He also has sent for me to be Patch tested and I'm waiting for the date to come through for that.
Tonight I have been sitting at the computer and now have noticed small bumps appearing further back on the middle finger and some on the back of that hand! I'm so worried about it because I really don't want it to be like the end of my finger all over my hand! It's started to make me feel depressed.
I work at Tesco supermarket on the tills and already feel embarrassed when people see my finger for fear they might think it's disgusting or something as it can become even more dry there from the air conditioning and heating even though I put cream on.
Again, sorry for the wall of text and thank you for taking the time to read it. I have taken some pictures of it, (Hopefully the link will work) http://s1114.photobucket.com/user/bexyboo88/slideshow/My%20Pompholyx
I know it's nowhere near as bad as others who have it, I'm just scared in case it gets worse.
If anyone could give any support and advice on this condition I'd be really grateful.
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