My 12 year old daughter has had this problem for over 2 years. She is an avid swimmer and in the water about 10 hours a week.
About 2 to 2 1/2 years ago she began having issues with her feet. It evolved fairly quickly, over several weeks to months. Her feet started becoming sore, then turned red, became shinny and then started cracking. They would peel, crack and even bleed. Then it moved to her fingers. It is to the point now where she cannot bend her fingers unless she is in the water.
She has tried several prescription ointments and creams, many OTC skin remedies, and even tea tree oil. We get excited when one works, but within two or so days, she is back to the peeling and bleeding. She has to out bandaids on her finger tips at school to keep from bleeding on her papers!
A dermatologist advised her to quit swim. She loves it. We are at a loss.
It has been suggested she has an allergy to chlorine, but she had this in the salt pool. A gluten allergy has also been suggested- and she has acid reflux and is on Prilosec- but those tests come back negative.
She puts on Nevia creams at least 4 times a day. She puts on a cream at night then wears a pair of gloves to bed. She has used 'gloves in a bottle' and that appears to do some good. We have recently determined that when she is using her hands for intense activity- gym or very active play - she gets worse.
It is spreading on the hands, started at the finger tips, moved up the fingers, towards the palm, and now has moved to the back side surrounding the nail, and skipped over her palm and moved to the heel of the hand and lower inside wrist.