Hand Dermatitis :
Below are some tips to accelerate the healing
and to avoid the recurrence of hand dermatitis:
• Hands washing: Use temperate water and soap without perfume, tar or sulfur.
Employ just a little quantity of soap, clarifying thoroughly the hands
under the water. Hands should be dried with a clean towel,
without forgetting the interdigital folds (spaces between fingers).
• Avoid as much as possible contact with detergents and other strong cleansers.
Measure the quantity of necessary detergent according to the instructions
to prevent that the concentration can result too strong. Keep the packages
well clean to avoid the irritation produced by the detergent out of the box.
• Avoid direct contact with shampoos. Ask someone to shampoo
or use plastic gloves.
• Avoid direct contact with clean metals, as well as with glazes for waxing,
shoe creams, polishers for the soil and the car, and glass cleaners.
• Try not to touch dissolvent with turpentine, mineral, oil,
trichloroetilene and diluters.
• Avoid peeling or squeezing oranges, lemons or grapefruits with hands.
• Do not apply lotions, creams or hair dyes directly with hands.
• Wear gloves when the weather is very cold.
• Housework: Do not wear rings, even if the dermatitis is cured.
Rings should be cleaned frequently with a brush, leaving them in
ammonia water during the night and clarifying them thoroughly the next day.
Do not wash your hands with soap while wearing rings.
• Wash dishes with running water as long as possible.
• Gloves for washing dishes must be made of plastic (not rubber)
to prevent an allergic contact dermatitis. Gloves can be worn about
15 or 20 minutes every time. When water gets inside the glove,
take it out at once. Turn the gloves inside out and wash them
with hot water several times every week. Gloves should be used
just occasionally without washing them previously.
It is advisable to buy several pairs of plastic gloves at the same time.
• Remember: the skin resistance is reduced at least 4-5 months
after the dermatitis seems totally cured, therefore you should follow
all these instructions.
• Using a dishwasher can avoid subsequent relapses.
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