Dyshidrosis: Epidemiology, Clinical Characteristics, and Therapy

Sabra M. Lofgren; Erin M. Warshaw


Dermatitis. 2006;17(4):165-181. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Dyshidrosis is a common chronic dermatitis of the hands and feet that may cause significant physical discomfort, psychological distress, and occupational impairment. Topics reviewed in this article include epidemiology, clinical findings, quality of life, and therapeutic considerations. Dyshidrosis is often difficult to manage; therefore, extra attention is given in this review article to current treatment options.

Dyshidrosis, sometimes called pompholyx or dyshidrotic eczema, is a common chronic dermatitis of the palms and soles that may lead to significant impairment of occupation and quality of life. This review discusses the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of dyshidrosis and the quality of life of patients with dyshidrosis. Particular emphasis is placed on the therapeutic options for this often clinically frustrating disorder.


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