Episodes of itchy, blistery-looking bumps on the backs of my knuckles

Posted by zeiracorp @zeiracorp, Oct 30, 2018

This is an on-going case of flareups of viciously itchy, blistery-looking bumps on the backs of my hands, particularly the knuckles, which has never gone completely away. I've had it for a long time, and it flares up in episodes. I've recently had severe flare-ups, so it seems to be getting worse. I have clobetasol propionate cream which helps and takes about five days to two weeks to get it under control. The bumps look like blisters, but are solid inside – no fluid. They are pretty much only on my knuckles, on the back and sides of my fingers. My dermatologist thought it might be caused by soap, but I've tried all sorts of soaps and I'm no longer convinced soap is the culprit. I think it may be a symptom of something internal (viral?). I want to know what this stuff is, and if we can eradicate it. It is miserable, itches like poison oak. So far it has not spread to any other places but the backs of my hands, primarily the right one. My PA, based solely on the attached photographs and description (not an exam) thought it might be dishydrotic eczema, but I am getting referred back to another dermatologist (I requested a different one from the one I saw before). I want this gone. It is torturous.

Added: When this subsides, the skin dries and peels off of where the blister-looking places were.

@zeiracorp

Thank you for responding.
I saw the first dermatologist in 2011 and from reviewing my records I see he did diganose it as "dishydrosis."

See updated photo.

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Here is a recent photo 3-29-2019 of more peeling after an outbreak. It's painless and a really thick amount of skin comes off, almost like a callous.

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@zeiracorp

Here is a recent photo 3-29-2019 of more peeling after an outbreak. It's painless and a really thick amount of skin comes off, almost like a callous.

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They are a dozen forms of eczema. You need to get a dermatologist to tell you which form you have as each may be treated differently. Yet be aware with eczema there is no cure, it's chronic. Still there are helpful treatments for some types which work for some of those afflicted with that form. Also for some forms you can learn how to avoid the trigger. Your photo is very helpful and reminds me of my son's. He has a form of eczema with scaly callus's on his feet and hands which do not itch. However, the skin will dry, peel and then crack and often bleed causing soreness, plus it is unsightly. He developed this in his early 40's and is no 46. He often cleans his feet with a callus scraper as the built up skin layers get thick. Yet it doesn't slow him down or cause him to loose sleep as other forms of eczema do.

@zeiracorp

Here is a recent photo 3-29-2019 of more peeling after an outbreak. It's painless and a really thick amount of skin comes off, almost like a callous.

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Oops! I read more of your posts and you know the name of your type and have seen a dermatologist.

I have had these on and off for years my doctor didn't know what they we're they do not pop and usually go away within three to four days they are irritating and concerning I have been tested and vaccinated for hpv so it is impossible for them to be warts plus they don't look the same can anyone tell me what these are so I can pursue treatment.

Hi @racquel, that must be awful having found no treatment for the bump on your knuckles.

I wanted to tag fellow Connect members @gardeningjunkie and @zeiracorp in hopes they can offer you support.

Have you discussed this with your doctor? Or have you spoken to a dermatologist?

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