Dyshidrosis, also known as dyshidrotic eczema or pompholyx, is a skin condition in which very small, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms of your hands and the sides of your fingers


  • Skin changes and skin thickening
  • Skin affected can be painful and very itchy
  • Small fluid-filled blisters appear on:
  • Fingers
  • Toes
  • Hands
  • Feet


  • Stress
  • Allergies, such as hay fever
  • Hands are often in water or moist
  • Work with cement

Risk Factors

  • Sensitive skin
  • Exposure to certain metals
  • Atopic eczema
  • Stress

Diagnostic Tests

  • Skin biopsy
  • Allergy testing (patch testing)


  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Moisturizers
  • Phototherapy
  • Corticosteroids
  • Coal tar preparations
  • Immune-suppressing ointments:
  • Tacrolimus (Protopic)
  • Pimecrolimus (Elidel)
  • Antihistamines

Lifestyle Management

  • Applying compresses
  • Wear gloves
  • Use mild cleansers and lukewarm water to wash hands and dry well
  • Applying witch hazel