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I developed DE around Feb 2016. Although I've always had mild eczema my whole life. I would get some spots here and there on my hands, which would usually clear up. My problems with DE started to appear as my regular eczema, but I noticed this time I would get blisters and fluid building up. It started on my palms then spread pretty much throughout all my hands. To make a long story short, 6 months later there was no improvement, all my fingers and palms were inflammed, cracked and weeping. At that time my derma was prescribing me a topical steroid cream and ointment. This did not work. At this point he put me on 5mg of prednisone (oral steroid) and a faster absorbing oil based steroid cream. Fast forward 3 months and my hands are all cleared up. But this come at a cost. When while on and tapering off the Prednisone, I developed facial acne and folliculitis. Which I am still battling til this day. I've been off Prednisone now for a month and its side effects are starting to go away. So what I have learned so far from my treatment is, the combination of the Prednisone and the oil based topical steroid worked but at a cost. If I had to do it again I would not have gone on Prednisone, its side effects and coming off the drug does to much to your hormones (adrenal glands) that its not worth it, although in times of desperation you are willing to try anything to get DE cured. Other things I have worked for me that may be helpful to others, stop popping blisters and stop picking or peeling your skin. For me, popping it made my condition worse. I've read that popping blisters makes it spread even more, i did not believe this, but it appears true for me. Also, stress and sleep has a big thing for me. Stress is hard to control, but when I'm stressed it makes my condition worse, the irony is the reason i get stressed is more because of DE, so how to you reduce your stress! Hope this helps anyone out there by sharing my experience. My condition at this moment is in remission. I know DE is not curable but at this point its manageable. Right now I'm still using topical steroids twice a day to keep it from flaring up. But really I think I can cut this down to once a day. Also for the past six months my derma has had me wash my hands with oatmeal soap and use a milk based moisturizer. Heavy creams, loitions or ointment seem to make my condition worse.
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