The word eczema comes from two Greek words that mean to boil out. It may have looked like the skin was boiling to ancient Greek medical practitioners.
The way the word is used today can be confusing. It is commonly used as a synonym for dermatitis or, more specifically, atopic dermatitis. Actually, eczema is a type of dermatitis, which is a blanket term that covers a wide range of skin disorders. In turn, atopic dermatitis is really a form of eczema. In fact, it is the most common form of eczema.
Eczema refers to a family of skin diseases that cause your skin to be itchy, swollen and irritated. Your skin may also become red and occasionally develop small, fluid-filled bumps called vesicles. Fluid leaks out when these bumps break. This results in oozing and weeping.
Dyshidrosis is a form of eczema. It is a chronic (ongoing) skin condition that is marked by small, fluid-filled blisters (vesicles) that come on the soles of your feet and/or the palms of your hands.
Dyshidrosis causes intense itching. When the blisters get dry, fissures (grooves) and cracks develop that can be quite painful.
Dyshidrosis gets its name from the word dyshidrotic which means bad sweating that was thought to be the cause of the condition. Dyshidrosis is also referred to as dyshidrotic eczema and pompholyx. Pompholyx means bubble in the Greek, which refers to the blisters on the skin.
The cause of dyshidrosis is not known at the present time. Often times, it is associated with other skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and allergic ailments like asthma and hay fever. Dyshidrosis may be seasonal as it seems to appear at certain times of the year.
There are several signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of dyshidrosis. These include:
Inflammation (dermatitis) of the affected skin
Grooves (fissures) or cracks on your toes and/or fingers
Small, itchy bumps that gradually develop to a rash that is made up of fluid-filled blisters (vesicles)
Pain that is especially significant with large blisters
You or a loved one may have dyshidrosis. This ailment and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it may be causing your disability and keeping you or your loved one from working.
You or your loved one may need help if this is your situation. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may have decided to apply for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by dyshidrosis and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it. Have you already applied and been denied by the Social Security Administration?
If you or your loved one intends to reapply or appeal the denial, consider this. People who have a disability lawyer on their side like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.