Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How I Treat Severe Hand Eczema

My son likes to play outside and be a boy; getting dirty and messy and digging in the dirt. This is not the greatest thing for his hand eczema and he often finds himself with a pretty bad case of it. We then take drastic measures to heal it up. Here is the latest thing that I have tried for it and it really helps a bunch!


Gulf wax or paraffin wax(see end links for more info)
coconut oil


wax warmer or
crock pot or
rice steamer

note: test it first before using


1. Warm up your oil till it is clear.

2. Then unplug it and wait for it to get cool enough I like to wait until I see it getting a little white again.

3.  Wash your hands and dry them. If you have open sores either cover them with a tight bandage or wait until that is healed before dipping.

4. Then dip the hands in wait until they stop dripping and then dip again and one more time. (It always reminds me of those wax statues.)

5. Allow the wax to remain on the skin for 15 minutes up to about 45 minutes.

6. When you are finished with the wax treatment then just start from the wrist and pull it down into your warmer for use another time. You can use it more times until you feel like there isn't enough for a proper treatment or that there are too many impurities in the wax.

There are proper warmers out there for doing this and some salons or health shops offer this service if you are too nervous about doing this.

Below are some links to where you can find some wax warmers and large quantities of wax made just for this purpose, online. (these are affiliate links)

What happens: The Paraffin soaks into the skin and provides moisture and healing and also a barrier for the skin for up to 2 weeks after the treatment. Sometimes this is enough to get on top of the treatment plan again with other easier methods and internal methods.

Revlon Moisturestay Quick Heat Paraffin Bath, RVSP3501

Dr. Scholl's Quick Heat Paraffin Spa Bath

Wax melts:
NURTURE Infused Therapeutic Paraffin Unscented 6lbs

Oyd Paraffin Bath Refills

Note: You can also use plastic covers on your hands and feet for treatment of arthritis. 

Zeb has had to do this about 3 times now to go from sand paper to soft hands

Zoi just wanted to join the fun

Zena (pronounced like the flower) wanted to have manikin hands

We shared at:


Joyful said...

Oh I have sandpaper for skin on my hands. I should give this a try sometime just to get my hands softer.

Jenifer Harrod said...

Yes, my son's hands were like the hardest sandpaper the first time we did it then they got to the second grade then they got to a little soft. Now I think that they will continue to soften if he applies some aloe gel or lotion to them.

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