Therapeutic options for chronic hand dermatitis

Dermatol Ther. 2004;17(3):240-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1396-0296.2004.04025.x.


Hand dermatitis is a common skin condition that often has a chronic and/or relapsing clinical course. Several clinical forms of hand dermatitis have been described, including contact (i.e., allergic and irritant), hyperkeratotic (i.e., psoriasiform or tylotic), frictional, nummular, atopic, pompholyx (i.e., dyshidrosis), and chronic vesicular hand dermatitis. In the present review, therapeutic options for these types of hand dermatitis are discussed in detail, focusing on treatments for recalcitrant hand dermatitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Hand Dermatoses / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Life Style
  • Phototherapy / methods
  • Radiotherapy / methods


  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Immunosuppressive Agents