Management of chronic hand eczema

Contact Dermatitis. 2007 Oct;57(4):203-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0536.2007.01179.x.


Hand eczema (HE) is one of the most frequent skin diseases and has often a chronically relapsing course with a poor prognosis resulting in a high social and economic impact for the individual and the society. In this article, we highlight the results of an expert workshop on the 'management of severe chronic hand eczema' with the focus on the epidemiology, the burden of severe HE, its classification and diagnostic procedures, and the current status of treatment options according to an evidence-based approach (randomized controlled clinical trials, RCTs). We conclude that despite the abundance of topical and systemic treatment options, disease management in patients with severe chronic HE is frequently inadequate. There is a strong need for RCTs of existing and new treatment options based on clearly diagnosed subtypes of HE and its severity.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Chronic Disease
  • Cost of Illness
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Eczema / diagnosis
  • Eczema / epidemiology
  • Eczema / etiology
  • Eczema / therapy*
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects
  • Hand Dermatoses / diagnosis
  • Hand Dermatoses / epidemiology
  • Hand Dermatoses / etiology
  • Hand Dermatoses / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects
  • Phototherapy


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Dermatologic Agents