A few years ago I began to get tiny itchy blisters on my fingers. I know, gross. The doctor I saw at the time wasn’t much help. She didn’t even try to diagnose the condition. She said, “I’m not with you everyday so I don’t kow. You’ll have to figure it out.” Yes, I actually had to pay for that appointment. I would’ve been better off staying home and asking Google.
The people that actually cared about me were much more helpful. I even remember my boss suggesting changing the hand soap at work just in case that was the cause. I carefully explored all the possible external factors; soaps, dish detergent, laundry detergent, lotion etc. I cut items out of my life one by one. Nothing changed.
The more stressed I became, the worse the blisters would get. Then I thought it must be internal. Maybe stress rashes? I tried living a life with less stress. That was nearly impossible. Then my cousin suggested my diet may be causing the issue. There was a gluten allergy in the family I hadn’t known about. Perhaps that was causing my rash. So I gave up gluten.
Giving up gluten seemed to work but it worked inconsistently. Meanwhile more and more stressors were being added to my day to day. I eventually decided this uncomfortable and unattractive ailment was just something I would have to live with. I would have to give up hand modeling. I would have to give up manicures. I didn’t want anyone touching my hands.
It wasn’t until years later when I was seeing a new primary care physician that I learned the truth. I went in for something else. While I was there I thought I would throw this mystery her way. She looked at my hands and immediately said, “eczema.” That was it. After all that time and one careless doctor I had my answer.
I have a prescription now that clears up the blisters. I use it sparingly though. As with all drugs it has its side effects. This one thins skin over time. I don’t want that so sometimes I just suffer through the blisters.
It turns out I was right about one thing. Stress is a trigger. Knowing triggers, maintaining a skin care routine, and using medication sparingly helps. I have found pure aloe vera, evaporated milk, and cold compresses to bring temporary relief.