Although the National Eczema Association does not list a cure for eczema on the hands, as of 2015, it notes that good daily skin care is essential in controlling the disease. One suggested practice is to wash hands with a mild soap, pat dry, and apply an emollient.
According to the National Eczema Association, the emollient should contain more oil than water. Petroleum jelly is a good moisturizer for eczema on the hands. Putting on pure cotton gloves over emollient-covered hands at night helps lock in moisture, as eczema is caused by the skin's inability to retain water.
For uncomfortable flare-ups, eMedicineHealth also recommends using an over-the-counter steroid cream containing hydrocortisone on the hands, taking a diphenhydramine pill to reduce the itching and resisting the urge to scratch the hands.
Some alternative remedies include sunflower oil and coconut oil for itching and inflammation, as well as the topical application of vitamin D and vitamin B-12, state the National Eczema Association. Although some doctors and patients advocate diet changes to help control eczema, diet changes do not always improve eczema.
In order to help prevent eczema outbreaks, WebMD suggests moisturizing daily, using mild soap, avoiding sudden environmental changes and reducing stress.