Lifestyle and home remedies

Home treatment might include:

  • Applying compresses. Wet, cool compresses may help reduce itching.
  • Taking anti-itch drugs. Over-the-counter antihistamine medications such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or loratadine (Claritin, Alavert, others) can help relieve itching.
  • Applying witch hazel. Soaking the affected areas in witch hazel may speed healing.


Because the cause of dyshidrosis is generally unknown, there's no proven way to prevent this condition. You may help prevent the condition by managing stress and avoiding exposure to metal salts, such as cobalt and nickel.

Good skin care practices may help protect the skin as well. These include:

  • Using mild cleansers and lukewarm water to wash your hands and drying your hands well
  • Moisturizing regularly
  • Wearing gloves
April 30, 2016
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