Dry, chapped, and itchy skin on the hands that doesn’t improve with moisturizer may be a sign of hand eczema. Symptoms can include red, itchy, inflamed skin with blistering that can lead to oozing, crusting, and cracking. People who have their hands in water all day or work closely with irritants such as detergents or solvents are more likely to develop this type of eczema. If you had atopic dermatitis as a child, you may also have a higher risk of developing hand eczema. Applying a cream after washing hands or wearing gloves may help protect hands from future flare-ups.
As is common with most medical treatments, there are situations in which Hydrocortisone 1% cream should be used cautiously or not at all. If you have a skin infection (such as impetigo, herpes simplex, or a fungal infection) and if you have reacted to other steroid preparations before, Hydrocortisone 1% is not recommended. It’s advised you don’t use this cream on the face or around the anal or genital areas unless told to do so by your doctor. You shouldn’t use this treatment if you have an allergy to any of the active or inactive ingredients.