Ask an expert
Question

29 Sep 2006

Dermatitis / Pomphylex
Hi - would you please tell me more about Dermatitis / Pomphylex on the tips of the thumb, index and middle fingers of my right hand. My GP says he thinks it is caused by stress (in my case) and says it is not eczema as it is not itchy. It started on my thumb only, quite a few months ago then spread to the index and middle fingers at different times. Your second opinion would be appreciated, as well as the treatment you would recommend. Thank-you.
Answer 821 views
Expert
skindoc

01 Jan 0001

Dermatitis involving the fingers may be pompholyx. It usually starts wiyh tiny blisters. Itching is usually prominent. The cause is unknown and is not related to stress. Contact dermatitis=contact with nickel, plants etc, may also cause such lesions. And sometimes a fungal infection. The treatment depends on the cause. Allergy tests=patch tests may be valuable. Apply a cortisone cream for 10-14 days and if no improvement see your doctor.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.