ZocdocAnswersMy son has a rough red rash on the back of his hands - what is it?

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My son has a rough red rash on the back of his hands - what is it?

The skin that is red feels warm to the touch and it is rough. He says it burns and cream makes it go away for a little while but it comes back. What Does it sound like?

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The only way to be certain of telling what this rash is would be to take your son to see his pediatrician. It is very difficult to diagnose rashes over the internet, but often very easy to do so in person! That being said, there are several common types of rash that are the most likely causes of your son's symptoms. The first is eczema, which is a condition in which the skin becomes excessively dry, reddened, and irritated. Eczema is often worse during the cold winter months, and it can also be made worse by frequent exposure to water and soap. It is usually diagnosed with just the physical examination, and it can often be treated easily with medications called steroid creams to reduce the itching and inflammation, along with a lubricating product to keep the skin moist. The second would be contact dermatitis, which is similar to eczema in terms of its symptoms, but which is triggered by exposure to some substances (such as a chemical, new soap, metallic object) that the skin reacts to. Contact dermatitis is treated in much the same way as eczema (steroid creams), as well as avoiding whatever the trigger substances was. Make an appointment with your son's pediatrician!

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