Nail Clinic: Eczema

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Nail Clinic: Eczema

The Fix
Doctors can prescribe steroid creams to patients with eczema. Menthol baths and oatmeal baths can reduce itching, and switching to hypoallergenic detergents and cosmetics can limit possibility of irritation. For those whose eczema is likely triggered by wearing gloves, there are vinyl gloves with cotton liners on the market that will reduce that constant sweatiness.

What You Should Do
Do not service clients who have severe symptoms on the hands or feet, such as blistering or open sores. If they have mild eczema with no open sores, it is generally safe to go about treatments as normal. Just be gentle with acetone and alcohol that may further dry out clients’ skin. Apply lotion immediately following their service.  Note that paraffin’s temperature changes can actually worsen eczema.

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