Online pictures of eczema on the hands are available on several websites, including WebMD, National Eczema Association and Dermnet. Common symptoms of hand eczema include redness, itching, pain, cracks and blisters, according to the National Eczema Association. The skin may also be dry, flaking or peeling.
Hand eczema, sometimes called hand dermatitis, affects around 10 percent of people, states the National Eczema Association. Causes of hand eczema include genetics, contact with irritants and allergic reactions. Certain lifestyle changes, such as decreasing hand washing, choosing mild hand soap, wearing gloves when using cleaners or chemicals, and taking short, lukewarm showers, can protect the hands and decrease flare-ups of eczema, explains WebMD.
Medical attention is advised for hand eczema symptoms that do not improve in several weeks, explains the National Eczema Association. Common treatment options include corticosteroid cream, Protopic and Elidel. Because extended use of corticosteroid creams can cause thinning skin, they are only to be used during flare-ups. Protopic and Elidel are non-corticosteroid topical creams that may be used by adults and children 2 years of age and older. They are not recommended for long-term use on areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to the sun, such as the backs of the hands.