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Chronic dry skin on fingers - Allergy or fungus?
Hi,

Since a couple of months back, I have had very dry skin and cuts on both my index and middle finger, recently I also discovered that I have very dry skin around my eyes, I use a very good lotion daily and it does not seem to help.
Please see photos beneath for a better understanding of what I mean.

http://i970.photobucket.com/albums/ae181/grey_blue/DSC_7088.jpg

http://i970.photobucket.com/albums/ae181/grey_blue/DSC_7090.jpg

I would highly appreciate if someone told me what this can be.

Thanks,
Stefan
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Possibly cumulative insult dermatitis,due to frequent washing,and allergens like nickel.Barrier cremes containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide will help.
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Hello,
Various possibilities for peeling fingers are trauma and allergic or irritant contact dermatitis,contact with harsh detergents,soaps and lotions that contain perfume can cause hands and fingertips to become irritated and peel.Sometimes cold, dry air can cause  peeling and dermatitis or fungal infections can also cause peeling.

Wash the areas several times with fresh water. Do not use any cosmetic products at the sites.You can apply some calamine lotion at the rash as it will help in soothing the skin. For mild-moderate symptoms a weak steroid may be used (e.g. hydrocortisone as dermacort), whilst more severe cases require a higher-potency steroid (e.g. clobetasol propionate, fluocinonide).

Symptoms can be exacerbated by dryness of the skin. Use good quality moisturizers to prevent moisture loss from the skin. During the day, hydrate and protect hands with a protective and moisturizing cream. At night, repair them with creams formulated from glycolic acid—a must for improving skin texture and tone. If still the symptoms do not improve then pls get a clinical examination done by a dermatologist. Fungal infections have to be ruled out then.

Hope it helps. Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries.Kind regards.

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Hi, thank you for your time to help, me I have been careful not to use any cosmetic problems, and I have been using hydrocortisone on those areas, unfortunately the area is the same as before, I i'll make an appointment with a dermatologist and I'll  probably have to use some higher-potency steroid.
Thanks again.
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