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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Dry flaky skin on face and hands. Could this be eczema?

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    My skin is really dry- I use moisturizer but it's not helping. I drink lots of water too.

    I am not sure if it is the cold winter or all the medications I am on or something else, but would like to know what I can use… especially for my hands as they can get really sore and bleed as well. Could this be eczema?
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  • Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Dry skin, cracking and bleeding are all features of eczema.  Dryness is often worse in winter due to the low ambient humidity.  Drinking water alone is unlikely to help.  The most important things you can do are wash your hands as little as possible.  When washing either avoid soap al together or use a mild soap such as Dove.  Apply moisturiser after washing your hands and as often as you can in between.

    If they are still no better arrange a referral to a dermatologist as there are prescription ointments that can help.   

    Rod Sinclair
    Epworth Dermatology

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