Hand eczema is very common, but it is particularly common among new mothers due to the dramatic increase in bathing, washing of hands and the use of frequent anti bacterial washing agents. If hands are sensitive then they can become irritated and dry from over use while nursing and caring for new babies.
Jackie Paterson from Buckinghamshire developed hand eczema after her second child was born.
My hand eczema began after my youngest child was born. I was washing my hands so often after changing nappies and washing my new baby that I started to get red, itchy and painful rashes that gradually spread across the backs of my hands in between my fingers.[quote]My hand eczema would sometimes get so bad my hands would be covered in blotches that would sting so badly I felt like someone had poured boiling water on my hands.[/quote]
I had round red sores like cigarette burns on the backs of my hands which were raw and painful. Some days the pain was so bad I had to take pain killers. Sometimes it was so bad I could not even bend my fingers.
Not only was I in agony, I was also very self conscious of how awful my hands looked. I felt so embarrassed when I handed over money in shops, it felt like people were starring at my hands, sometime they even recoiled when they saw them.
I am luckily in a loving long term relationship so my partner was very understanding and supportive. However had I been single it would have affected my confidence a great deal, after all you can’t hide your hands.
I work in an office too and I found it hard to even type sometimes and having to meet clients with my scaly hands was really difficult. I tried everything from creams to steroids, anti-fungal creams and organic salves, nothing worked. I went to the doctor and I was diagnosed with everything from topical dermatitis or eczema to fungal infections.
Nothing really had any notably effect until I tried Skin Shop’s Cardiospermum Gel, which I tried on a recommendation.[quote]Within just a few days of applying Cardiospermum Gel I noticed a real difference. The redness was much less and the itching calmed down a lot. After a month my hands were hugely improved.[/quote]
Now if I feel the fist signs of itching I put the gel on immediately and it stops a flare up and within a few days the itching and redness goes away. I am delighted with the product and would recommend it to anyone with hand eczema or dermatitis and I’d say it’s an essential skincare item for new mums.