Hands are an extremely important part of our bodies. It is with them that we have most of the contact with external bodies, with objects and with all kinds of things that we touch. Precisely for this reason, they are more likely to be affected by substances that can cause allergies. But what exactly is allergy in the hands? What are the symptoms that manifest? How is it possible to deal with this problem? If you want to understand a little more about this condition, read today’s text and find out all the information!
What is Hand Allergy?
An allergy in the hands can be considered any manifestation resulting from a reaction to one or more external agents. Such an allergy can manifest itself in several different ways , such as with bumps, red spots, scaling on the skin, itching, peeling skin or even several of these symptoms combined. Allergy in the hands can manifest itself in only one hand or both, depending on the person’s contact with the causative agent. In addition, it can appear lighter or heavier in each of them as well.
It is important that allergy on the hands is not to be confused with skin diseases that can affect only that region of the body, such as psoriasis or dehydrosis, for example. Therefore, whenever similar symptoms appear, it is important to see a doctor to investigate the causes and find out what is the correct treatment for your case.
Why do we have Allergies on Hands?
Allergies are hypersensitivity of our organism that cause our immune system to have different reactions, including all the symptoms we have already mentioned here. For this reason, it is not possible to pinpoint just one factor that causes this type of allergy. Among the main ones are:
- Genetic predisposition
- Very cold or very hot weather
- Contact with products that remove the natural protection of the skin , such as cleansing products
- Use of costume jewelry
- Use of certain medications
The fact that the hands are the part of our body that has the most contact with objects external to our body also makes it one of the most sensitive parts to allergies.
Types of Hand Allergies
Now that you have a better understanding of what allergy is in the hands and why we have it, we can finally talk about the main types that exist. They are:
- Contact dermatitis
- Atopic Dermatitis
Let’s talk about each one individually so that you understand what their main characteristics are.
Contact dermatitis, as its name suggests, is the type of allergy that arises when the hand comes into contact with any allergic agent . This agent can vary between chemicals, jewelry and even some type of plant. It is always important to identify what type of agent you are allergic to so that the treatment can be done in the best way.
Atopic dermatitis has skin dryness as its main characteristic, but it also has other symptoms such as itching and redness of the skin. It is a type of allergy that can arise due to factors such as cold or hand contact for a long time with cold water, for example. It is a type of allergy that presents itself in phases and, at times, is more acute or milder.
How to treat Hand Allergy?
As we said before, one of the main actions to be taken not only to treat allergies on the hands, but also any other type of allergy, is to identify the causative agent and avoid contact with it as much as possible. Of course, this is not a treatment in itself, but it helps a lot to avoid problems that are common.
In more acute cases, the doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid or an antihistamine to relieve symptoms. It is important to note that you should never self-medicate, as only a doctor can know exactly in what situations the use of these medications is really necessary.
When to see a doctor?
Allergies in the hands usually do not show very serious signs and can be treated with some skin care. However, there are times when they start to disrupt their day-to-day activities and, in such cases, it is important to seek professional help.
In addition, it is always recommended that you make appointments to check if everything is OK with your health and to identify certain problems, such as allergy on your hands. That way, even if she is not attacked, the doctor can recommend treatments for you when you need it.
Just like any other type of allergy, allergy on the hands can also cause several complications and be quite uncomfortable in our lives. For this reason, it is always important to understand more about what this condition is and how to treat it. In this way, the complications that we will have will certainly be less severe. The best type of care you can take with your health is always preventive. Remember this.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.