Tattoo artist with hand eczema! What do I do??? :'(

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Ava

Gresham, OR

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Feb 16, 2012
 
I am a tattoo artist and I have begun to develop terrible eczema on my hands from wearing gloves at work. I have switched from latex to nitrile, but it hasn't helped and I am not really sure what to do. I don't have health insurance and I can't afford anymore Dr visits where they just hand me steroid or even antifungal cream and send me out the door! My hands get blisters and cracks on them from a reaction that develops after tattooing for several hours, but it takes weeks to heal! The rash occurs on my toes as well, but it is secondary to my hands, by far. I just don't know what to do because I don't want to even clean my equipment for fear of the gloves breaking or getting a splash of the contaminated water inside my gloves. I can't have open wounds on my hands when dealing with people's blood! I have had gloves break during a tattoo or cleaning before, and if it happens when I have open wounds on my hands I am putting myself at a great risk on a daily basis!! WHAT DO I DO?? i don't want to give up my dream job!!
sofi

Kinston, NC

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Feb 24, 2012
 
I wish you luck I have the same problem, itchy,dry,bumpy hands, I tattoo all day long, I keep washing and washing, it starts to hurt and itch more every wash, I gonna try coco butter cream, if that doesn't work, I read that just vasoline would seal in moisture, so since I have plenty at work I'm gonna try that too.
I also read antibacterial soap dry the skin worse but there's our problem we have to use it :-(. I just need a vacation... Once again good luck
Alec

Union City, NJ

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Mar 3, 2012
 
Hey dude buy some aloe vera gel that has no alcohol and put it in ur hands after showers when its still damp. keep moisturizing . better before sleeping. i have the same and its working. good luck bro
Delaney

Kingston, Canada

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#4
Mar 13, 2012
 
Hey there!

I am a fellow eczema suffered, now for 20 years and I've been through most products that there are to try! I would recommend going with natural products. Anything with methy-, propyl- or ethyl- "parabens" in the ingredients list isn't good for you but its found in many lotions etc.

Live Clean is a company that makes fantastic natural products at a good price

May I also suggest using natural soap. I've suffered from cracked and bleeding hands all my life and this almost overnight changed the appearance of my skin.

www.rockymountainsoap.com
Buy the pumpkin patch soap. I guarantee results.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Timo

Helsinki, Finland

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#5
May 20, 2012
 
Try powdered rubber gloves.
I have bad eczema and this makes big difference for me.
Don't use soap too much.
Hope this helps.

Since: May 12

Bangkok, Thailand

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May 26, 2012
 
Ava wrote:
I am a tattoo artist and I have begun to develop terrible eczema on my hands from wearing gloves at work. I have switched from latex to nitrile, but it hasn't helped and I am not really sure what to do. I don't have health insurance and I can't afford anymore Dr visits where they just hand me steroid or even antifungal cream and send me out the door! My hands get blisters and cracks on them from a reaction that develops after tattooing for several hours, but it takes weeks to heal! The rash occurs on my toes as well, but it is secondary to my hands, by far. I just don't know what to do because I don't want to even clean my equipment for fear of the gloves breaking or getting a splash of the contaminated water inside my gloves. I can't have open wounds on my hands when dealing with people's blood! I have had gloves break during a tattoo or cleaning before, and if it happens when I have open wounds on my hands I am putting myself at a great risk on a daily basis!! WHAT DO I DO?? i don't want to give up my dream job!!
hope this article can help you .. good luck
http://salestatenow.com/Eczemacure/eczema-on-...
Karen

Suffolk, VA

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Sep 8, 2012
 
Have you tried plain vinyl gloves?

Since: Sep 12

Bonnybridge, UK

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Sep 25, 2012
 
Hi,

Yes, that sounds like a typical eczema nightmare.

I would suggest that the eczema is being caused by the skin becoming over-heated clammy and sweaty. There is also a chance you are allergic to the lining of the gloves - this could be the material or sometimes they put a type of powder into these types of gloves. I know, I used them before at university and they caused havoc with my skin.

Did you ever have eczema before you started tattooing? I'm trying to decide if it is atopic (which is more down to allergies) or contact eczema.

I would recommend trying out a different type of glove that has been dermatologically tested and contains no known allergens (check at the chemist/pharmacist). Also go for a bigger size (obviously so you still have dexterity) but just a little bigger to reduce sweating.

Hope that helps.

I have more eczema tips at my website

www.eczemaprevention.com

Check it out for more eczema preventing measures.
LiameW23

Laguna Hills, CA

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Oct 3, 2012
 
Hi, I have really dry and sensitive skin as well. I never went to a derm either, so I'm not really sure what I have. my skin gets really dry especially during winter. My face gets really really flaky around my mouth and the t-zone area. and it would get swollen, other ppl can't tell, but I can feel the discomfort. The first time it happened I didn't know what to do, and the next year, it got worse, the crack started to appear on my hands and arms, I live in cali btw, which isn't even a cold state.

Anyway long story short, I ran into a brand called Sebamed. I heard it from my friend at first, they used to carry them at Costco, but last time I check they're not selling at Costco anymore. But sometimes I see them there but as a promotional product... I guess. Anyway, I get them at CVS now.

So, I see sebamed as first aid for my skin. Like I mentioned earlier, it doesn't happen all the time, mostly winter, or cold weather. So, ever since the first time I got the dry skin, little random areas of my skin would get dry and itchy from time to time, now I have a itchy spot on the corner of my eyes... So whenever this happens, I bust out my sebamed, and put it on. Let me tell you... seriously.... it really really really works. I've tried Cetaphil and other sensitive skin brands, but they're all greasy, and makes my skin really shiny.... I really hate that.

Anyway, I wish this helps, I think sebamed is the best over the counter solution for sensitive skin. They're at CVS, and Costco sometimes. Best wishes =)
Dave

Edmonton, Canada

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Oct 15, 2012
 
Ive hade eczema of the sensitive skin of the groin for almost 2 yrs.Tried so many natural products that only seemed to irratate it more.Western doctors couldnt figure out if it was eczema or a yeast infection and so they perscribed hydro cortisone cream which worked for about a week then the rash came back worse.I was begining to think i would have to suffer the rest of my life.Then i went to an Md for traditional chinese medicine and accupuncture.Within one day of treatment and cream application the rash was barely visable, and the best part is the cream is all natural.The medicine and the accupuncture correct the underlying problem which in my case has to do with excess heat of the liver.I encourage you all to go to a local chinese accupuncture md and solve the problem instead of throwing bandaids on it like most western doctors.I also found a link for the amazing cream.( http://www.kampo365.info/product/999-PI-YAN-P ...) And no I dont work for this company, im just trying to share my knowledge and hopefully improve someones life.Take care!
Connor

Calgary, Canada

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Jun 10, 2013
 
Look for a cream called CeraVe, put that on twice a day. Also look for a dermatologists and they can give you several prescriptions for various creams, but do NOT use a cortisone cream it thins the skin
BMM

Australia

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Jun 17, 2013
 
I had extremely dry skin on my hands which caused my hands to become red & inflamed and my knuckles to crack and bleed. I used Robertson's Skin Repair Ointment on my cracked knuckles and they healed overnight! The ointment also deeply moisturised and healed the dry skin on my hands and acted as a barrier cream to protect my hands from drying out. I love this cream.... It's the best I've ever used!
Begin now

Mckinney, TX

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#14
Jun 24, 2013
 
I also have products that may help you eczema and those suffering from dry skin. So many of our health problems are caused from the chemicals in our cleaning products that irritate the skin. This company has skin care products that have had great results for people with eczema and psoriasis. We also carry natural green cleaning products that reduce the level of irritants to the skin.

www.beginnow.info
Jack

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#15
Jul 4, 2013
 
Go too a local remedy store they give you natural ointments and creams, I suffer from eczema, got same problem with doctors too lol, but I went too the store and it helped my skin out alot!
Jack

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#16
Jul 4, 2013
 
O and also I've done a lot of work with gloves, trust me put abit of touken powder in the gloves before you put then on and they will stop your hands from sweating I assure you :)

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#17
Jul 17, 2013
 
Hi Ava,

My name is Crystal Laughlin and I am a representative of SBT Seabuckthorn, a Canadian manufacturer of high quality, Health Canada approved nutritional supplements and all natural skin care products. Our all natural SBT Seabuckthorn Eczema & Dermatitis Soothing Salve has shown great results in adults and children alike that are suffering from eczema. Further information including ingredients and testimonials can be found on our website at www.seabuckthorn.com/eczemasalve.htm . Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions at crystal@seabuckthorn.com .

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Crystal Laughlin
SBT Seabuckthorn
April

Williamston, SC

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#18
Jul 17, 2013
 
I've dealt with this terrible hand and finger eczema myself. The only regimen that worked was the following:
Before bed apply clobetasol propionate ointment to affected areas.
Apply cotton gloves.(Try not to get any ointment off and u may have to reapply once on)
Apply non latex gloves on top of cotton gloves. For some reason this holds everything in place.
3 days of this and my hands were cleared. The ointment is a steroid and given by a dr. But it's the only thing that helps. I hate using steroids. I have eczema all over and won't use them unless it gets really bad. I had to use this regimen because being a nurse requires you to wash your hands 100 xs or more daily. Also, I couldn't have bloody cracking hands, obviously something wrong with them, while dealing with patients. My fingers and hand have been cleared for about 2 weeks. The top of my hand occasionally starts to break out. I take a soaked paper towel with apple cider vinegar and put it on the eczema. It dries it up and goes away.... For a few days at least, then it comes back and I use the ACV again. It's working so far.
Jeff Lowen

London, UK

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#19
Jul 23, 2013
 
As a tattoo artist I bet you must wash your hands a lot too?

Washing your hands all the time in normal tap water, which is full of chlorine (and in some areas is very hard and full of drying lime scale) can cause a lot of dermatitis and eczema because of the drying effect of those chemicals.

I would install a basin tap filter in the shop too and make sure to only wash hands with the basin tap filtered water. I'm in the UK and have the following one ( http://www.pureshowers.co.uk/product_info.php... ), but I am sure you can find one just as good in your neck of the woods.
MedicaMarkt

Netherlands

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#20
Dec 21, 2013
 
Dear Readers,
We're a specialist in glove allergies. The eczema that is described is a so called allergic contact dermatitis Type IV, which comes from chemical residues. More and more chemicals are used to produce a glove, that's why we see more and more Type IV cases.
We are very successful in the tattoo market here in The Netherlands. We promote a unique glove which has helped a lot of artists so far.

We suggest:
-you to visit our website in order to learn more.
-if there's someone who'd like to work with us in order to resell these gloves, please drop us an email.

http://www.medicamarkt.nl/home&language=e...

Your hands, your future...

All the best,
Frank

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