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    Anyone else suffer from this? How do you deal with it?

    Years of working in a dental surgery and having to contantly wash my hands with super strong soap has left me with "irritant dermatitis". I've had it for about 4 years now. I can no longer wash my hands with soap (except naughty me still does when I've been touching something particularly icky, like raw meat, or cleaning up after the dogs). My pinky and ring fingers on my right hand and my palm directly below them are permenantly dry/cracked/red. For some reason it's always affected my right hand worse than my left. I use sorbolene cream as soap/moisturiser. It's driving me NUTS at the moment - so painful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Anyone else suffer from this? How do you deal with it?

    Years of working in a dental surgery and having to contantly wash my hands with super strong soap has left me with "irritant dermatitis". I've had it for about 4 years now. I can no longer wash my hands with soap (except naughty me still does when I've been touching something particularly icky, like raw meat, or cleaning up after the dogs). My pinky and ring fingers on my right hand and my palm directly below them are permenantly dry/cracked/red. For some reason it's always affected my right hand worse than my left. I use sorbolene cream as soap/moisturiser. It's driving me NUTS at the moment - so painful.
    Have you seen a dermatologist for this? They might be able to get you some medicated cream etc

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    Two good products for this are "Invisible Glove" and "Hopes Relief". Both natural products, "Hopes Relief" is a honey based cream. Both available at some health food shops, chemists or on line.

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    Yes I have had it on my hands and now my legs, supposed to be stress related. I use Dermacorte, script only. The sap from the Aloe Vera plant is very good for stopping the itch.

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    My doctor has previously prescribed me Advantin something.... It doesn't really work. I'm thinking about going to see a proper Dermatologist soon though.

    Bohemiannic - thanks! I think I'll go have a look for those products today! I was wanting to try something like that. I often smother my hands in Lucas's Paw Paw but it's kinda hard to do anything with that on my hands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    My doctor has previously prescribed me Advantin something.... It doesn't really work. I'm thinking about going to see a proper Dermatologist soon though.

    Bohemiannic - thanks! I think I'll go have a look for those products today! I was wanting to try something like that. I often smother my hands in Lucas's Paw Paw but it's kinda hard to do anything with that on my hands!
    It might be a good idea if you get some cotton gloves and use these under rubber gloves if you have to do any cleaning or washing up etc.
    Maybe you could put one of the creams on and put on the cotton gloves so you can do things while the cream sinks in.
    You can buy pure cotton gloves at supermarkets.

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    Aw sorry to hear you are suffering with this C&B.

    My husband has had acute dermatitis for about 15-20 years now. He worked in a saw mill for approx 18 years and he was allergic to timber. Der!!! He had desensitisation injections and you name it, he tried it, all to no avail really. Helped a bit, but that's it.

    Since leaving that job and coming to Tas, it has settled down a lot. He still gets the odd flare up, and so long as he uses his cortisone (prescription only) cream it is held at bay beautifully.

    Perhaps see your doctor to discuss trying a different cortisone cream than Advantin Fatty ointment (Hubby found that 100% useless too!) and if that doesn't work - then yeah, a dermatologist to fix it or at least control it once and for all. It's nasty, and I feel for you.

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    If mine get irrtated by too much washing Sudocrem works well. You can find it in the baby section of the supermarket. It is thick and sticky though. I mix it with some sorbolene and rub it in well at bedtime. Can't hurt to try in the meantime while you wait to see someone about it.

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