Wednesday, 25 April 2012

New study on hand eczema in health care workers

An interesting new study reports that health care workers in Denmark appear to suffer from a higher incidence of hand eczema than the general population.

Reasons for this high level of hand eczema appear to be linked to two main factors; the wearing of synthetic rubber gloves and excessive hand washing.

Suggested remedies to reduce the incidence of hand eczema include the use of natural rubber gloves in place of synthetic and the use of hand sanitiser (when the hands appear clean) in place of washing as frequently as had been done.

The high use of hand moisturisers was also cited as a possible factor, which, if containing synthetic chemicals, could also contribute to skin problems.

We would recommend that people suffering from any form of eczema consider applying a moisturiser or cream containing Manuka honey as there has been a lot of anecdotal evidence that the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of Manuka honey have helped to overcome eczema conditions.

There are a range of Manuka honey creams available including moisturisers and hand creams through to specific Manuka honey cream containing 30% Manuka UMF 15+ honey.

1 comment:

  1. Mild eczema is usually dried and inflamed skin so a good moisturiser should help. However, there are many different types of skin dermatitis so people do not see any results after a few weeks, they should definitely see a doctor.