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bubbadoll
Oct 19, 2006, 01:54 PM
I have these tiny pimply bumps mainly around the sides or top of my fingers.. there is no puss.. no heads on them.. just a tiny raised bumps.. in clusters usually.. although they usually start as 1 and grow into clusters.. they are itchy.. although not enough for me to want to scratch them.. they last up to 2 weeks? And dry out.. which then my skin will peel in the area they have been in.. I just started having them last year.. durin the summer.. but during this whole winter.. no symptoms or bumps.. now it's starting to get warmer.. and they have reappeared.. any clues?

J_9
Oct 19, 2006, 02:21 PM
Do you typically have dry skin? Are you on any medications?

You may want to make an appointment with a dermatologist to make sure this is not an infection of any kind.

mwilliams15
Oct 1, 2007, 12:22 PM
That really sounds like scabies.. If you have them on your hands that's a sign that it could be scabies. Do you have them around your armpits, groin area, or stomach? Scabies tend to be VERY itchy. You should go to a clinic just to get the bumps looked at. They can take a culture (scrap your skin then look at it under a microscope) to see if you have any eggs on you. If you do have scabies, you'll be prescribed a cream most likely. You will also need to wash all your bedding, clothes you've worn the past few days, and vacume. If you don't get it taken care of, they will keep coming back. Scabies die within 72 hours without host contact (human contact). Good luck I hope its not scabies but I've known many people to get it that didn't do anything bad. Its easier to get than people think.

bubbadoll
Oct 2, 2007, 02:32 PM
OK so if they're scabies... why does it go away during the winter months? Just turned warmish here again.. and these tiny bumps have reappeared.. I do not get them anywhere else on my body.. I've seen different pictures of scabies and they don't look like anything I have.. did u even read what I wrote? They look like a heat rash.. very tiny little bumps.. that feel itchy.. but are not "very itchy".. and not enough where I want to scratch them. Feels more prickly

anyway, thank u for you responses.. ill go to a clinic and have them checked out.. ^^

bubbadoll
Oct 2, 2007, 02:34 PM
+ I thought scabies were contagious.. my husband has no symptoms of what I have :\

tudden
Oct 28, 2007, 05:41 PM
I have the same thing. It is not scabies. It is a form of eczema. Use epsom salt and hot but no too hot water 20 minutes a day twice a day and every time you get your hands wet use nivea lotion and you will see improvement and the old skin will peel off and new skin will take it's place.

bubbadoll
Nov 9, 2007, 02:13 PM
Thank you for responding.. I will try what you suggested.. :D

Clarin87
Dec 2, 2007, 01:45 PM
My boyfriend has small bumps on his hands -the same as you "bubbadoll". NO puss, just small bumps that itch. My boyfriend also has eczema, and he knows he has sensitive hands and skin, however, he has never gotten such a reaction like this. The bumps itch and are small.

The thing is that he also has small red bumps,but more like scab like dots on his face and outside mouth area, where it itches so much, he tells me he wished he could wrip them off and hand them to me.lol. Although we find ways to make this situation a little humorous, I still can't help but to wonder if he's going to be OK, if there is a cure, or if this condition will ever stop.

He currently found a website where it mentions a certain type of condition that people with eczema could get called Pompholyx.
Now the first stage photos do look similar to what he has... however, the rest of the pics say they are secondary, and well they don't look like what he has. AND the pictures and description only mentiones the bumps being found in areas like the hands and feet-not mouth or face.Although they look different from the bumps on his hands, they still do itch very much.


Can I get some information on how you are doing? As far as: how you have dealt with the bumps, have they gone away, what have you done to try to get rid of them?

I'd like to see what my boyfriend will have to deal with, or look for when having such a skin condition.

BTW here is the website I mentioned he found:

Pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema, vesicular hand eczema). DermNet NZ (http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/pompholyx.html)

sarah432
Apr 30, 2008, 04:55 AM
Hi, I don't know if this will help, but when I was reading about dyshidrotic eczema on Wikipedia, it mentioned that it is common among people who are allergic to balsam of peru. I'm allergic to balsam of peru (and also to fragrances -- lots of people who are allergic to one are allergic to both) and once I learned that I was able to really reduce episodes of dermatitis. One of the things I learned is that balsam of peru is in most brands of toothpaste, at which point I realized that the skin outside the corners of my mouth aren't supposed to become red & a little bumpy after brushing my teeth (I'd always discounted it as irritation from the mintyness). The toothpaste I use now, with no problems, is Tom's of Maine Spearmint w/ Fluoride. Colgate is also supposed to be OK, but I like Tom's better; all other brands are suspect, as are mouthwashes, etc. Here's a sheet on avoiding balsam of peru -- they seem to have changed it since my dermatologist gave it to me, and I don't think it mentions dental products any more.

http://truetest.com/PatientPDF/Patient_Balsam%20of%20Peru.pdf

The other thing about balsam of peru to know is that it is used to make artificial vanilla & cinnamon flavoring. It may show up on labels as vanillin or as "artifical flavors" or even as "natural flavors" (because it's from the bark of a tree, so it's technically natural, even though it's artificial vanilla). I had to stop eating anything with these ingredients to stop the food-related skin reactions I was getting (food-related reactions were why I went to an allergist & then a dermatologist in the first place; the dermatologist did skin tests & figured it out). The bad news is, it's in a LOT of stuff. Almost any brand of chocolate you can get in a drugstore, for example, has vanillin, along with pretty much any cheap desserts and most ice cream brands too (but not some of the fancier brands). It's also in colas (Coke, Pepsi, etc.) and possibly other sodas like Dr. Pepper and root beer, and quinine is from a related tree so tonic water can be a problem too. I think things like Sprite are probably fine, I just don't drink them anyway. So, I only buy nice chocolate (but even some fancy brands have vanillin, so you have to read labels), and I only eat desserts in nice restaurants that I'm sure do their own baking, and even there I don't get chocolate desserts because they may use chocolate that contains vanillin. And I bake more :) For baking, Ghirardelli and Scharfenberger chocolate are safe. Most brands of cocoa powder are fine too. Lots of Trader Joe's chocolate & desserts are OK. If you live near a Whole Foods or other natural grocery store you can find a lot of desserts & snacks that are OK. Whole Foods even has their own all-natural brand of ice cream sandwiches, which taste infinitely better from the junky ones anyway. Once you find all the good brands, it doesn't feel like you're missing out on stuff.

So, at any rate, your boyfriend might want to try switching toothpastes to see if that helps with the rash at the corner of his mouth. If that helps a lot but he still has skin problems then he might want to try eliminating balsam of peru from his diet to see if that helps him. Chances are that if it helps, he'll find it pretty easy to have the willpower to avoid problem foods, since the same-day feedback I get when I eat something I'm not supposed to is a pretty strong deterrent. He might also want to be sure that he's not using any skin products that have fragrances in them, since it's common for people to be allergic to fragrances too if they're allergic to balsam of peru. I'm allergic to synthetic fragrances as well as a lot of botanical fragrances. Chamomile is in a lot of fragrance-free hair products but still causes problems for me. For people who do have bad fragrance allergies -- Paula's Choice makes skin & hair products that are all fragrance-free & free of potentially irritating botanicals as well. You can order from paulaschoice.com -- they sell sample-sizes for around 50 cents so you can try things and make sure you don't react to them before you buy the real thing. And make sure you only use a fragrance-free detergent (I've liked Cheer Free best) and dish soap (Seventh Generation free & clear is good), and when you buy new clothes wash them at least twice before wearing. White vinegar in the rinse water helps get the fragrance out. With really stubborn fragrances you might need to use vinegar & baking soda in the wash cycle too. When I travel I take my own pillowcase, top sheet, & a camping towel. Life would be much easier if people didn't strew the world with fragrance! Oh well :P

Hope this (or something else, as long as it goes away!) helps your boyfriend,
Sarah


My bf has small bumps on his hands -the same as you "bubbadoll". NO puss, just small bumps that itch. My bf also has eczema, and he knows he has sensitive hands and skin, however, he has never gotten such a reaction like this. The bumps itch and are small.

The thing is that he aslo has small red bumps,but more like scab like dots on his face and outside mouth area, where it itches so much, he tells me he wished he could wrip them off and hand them to me.lol. Although we find ways to make this situation a little humerous, I still can't help but to wonder if he's going to be ok, if there is a cure, or if this condition will ever stop.

He currently found a website where it mentions a certain type of condition that people with eczema could get called Pompholyx.
Now the first stage photos do look similar to what he has...however, the rest of the pics say they are secondary, and well they don't look like what he has. AND the pictures and description only mentiones the bumps being found in areas like the hands and feet-not mouth or face.Although they look different from the bumps on his hands, they still do itch very much.


Can I get some information on how you are doing? As far as: how you have dealt with the bumps, have they gone away, what have you done to try to get rid of them?

I'd like to see what my bf will have to deal with, or look for when having such a skin condition.

BTW here is the website I mentioned he found:

Pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema, vesicular hand eczema). DermNet NZ (http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/pompholyx.html)

KailaH
May 2, 2008, 10:47 PM
I have this on my index and third finger... a dermatogist is usually over three hundred bucks per visit and either will have it frozen at -280 degrees or medication.

Kailan
May 15, 2008, 03:52 PM
Hi,

I have a similar thing and it is definitely not the ecza suggested (I went on the page) and it's not scabies either. I noticed tiny bumps appearing mainly on the sides of my fingers. They started with just a couple, then grew into small clusters, then slowly disappeared again.

They don't itch. They're not large enough for anyone to really notice, unless you run your finger over the skin or look really close. The skin is not painful, discoloured or unsightly. I'm fine with them really - just a little curious.

They first occurred six years ago when I was visiting the Peruvian rainforest and they reappaear every three or four months. They are not caused by anything and the skin on my hands is not particularly sensitive. They just seem to work on their own time frame.

Also, they are not spread by touch. (Otherwise I would probably have them everywhere by now)!

Bubbadoll's question sounded closest to what they are. I call them Peruvian Finger Bumps, but if they have an actual name, I would be interested, though I don't really want to get rid of them particularly 'cause they don't bother me at all.

kukiluv00
Jul 13, 2008, 12:43 PM
I get these bumps too, at first I thought it was a wart, but then it turned into a cluster, they are spreading to other fingers though, and I am a little worried. They itch only a little, but then they start to peel after showers and stuff. They don't bother me, but the fact they are spreading to other fingers concerns me. Does the epsom salt really help?

skerrytask
Jul 27, 2008, 05:20 PM
I get similar bumbs on the sides of my fingers. They do not cause much of an itch but it is noticeable. I have narrowed it down to The ingredients in Dr. Bronners soaps. When I was younger I used Dr. B's peppermint liquid soap for soap and shampoo. I noticed these bumps after using it for a couple months. I discontinued using it years ago and the bumps went away almost immediately after I quit using it. I was young in my twenties and didn't think much about it. RECENTLY I was at a health food store and decided to get some of Dr. B's peppermint and almond soaps - THE SOAPS ARE WONDERFULLY SCENTED and HEALTHY - HOWEVER, After about a month of usage the bumps started appearing on the sides of my fingers again. Now I am sure that is what the cause is was - I think it is the palm oil or coconut oil used in making the soap. After I quit using the soap the top surface of the skin on my fingers drys out and peels off. -Check any products you are using to see if they contain palm or coconut oils - I think one of these are the ingredients causing this reaction on my fingers. Check the ingredients of lotions , soaps or other cosmetics you may be using!

PFoley
Aug 12, 2008, 07:04 PM
I have the same thing! Check out this like it will help you understand kind of it has many different names most commonly called Pompholyx or a form of eczema

Pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema, vesicular hand eczema). DermNet NZ (http://www.dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/pompholyx.html)

memville
Sep 16, 2008, 10:46 AM
Hi have similar bumps on the sides of two of my fingers. I am worried about what it is because I didn't want to have anything contagious to pass to my daughter. It is definitely not what is on that website, but I have no idea also what it really is. I did just start using a new shampoo and body wash which I will stop for a while and see if it goes away. But if anyone has a better answer or has been to a doctor I would love to know what you found out.

PhedreDelauany
Dec 5, 2008, 09:02 AM
I have the same condition on my right hand, and it tends to be on my fingers more than anywhere else. The bumps look kind of like pimples, they feel kind of like burns, and when they look like they could burst, what comes out is clear fluid, NOT pus. I don't know what it is as of right now. I recently had twins, and it was a c-section procedure, and I noticed that the last time I had this condition it went away for a couple of years. It came with patches on the upper part of my right arm that were dry and circular--but it was not psoriasis. (I suggest Blistex ointment for the dry patches. It makes you smell like a medicinal candy cane but it works--careful, it kind of burns/tingles/stings!) I almost wonder if I contracted it from the maternity ward of the hospital when they made me take a shower in their public shower. Grossness. Anyway, my self-esteem was sent down the drain during the pregnancy, and because the skin on my face had acne so badly--something I've never fought with before--my doctor prescribed clindamycin. (sp?) I decided to get experimental one night and put it all over the rash. You know what happened? It dried it up. And then I found it came back after I did the dishes and used a particular dish soap, and I refuse to stop using the dish soap because it's the only one I've found so far that gets plastic containers, baby bottles and baby nipples as squeaky-clean as it does. I would definitely get to the doctor if I were you and see about the "Cleocin T-gel" as my doctor called the brand-name, and try that on your rash. It also helps clear up the bacteria and whatnot for acne, too. Good luck!

Oh and the person who suggested the lotion? GREAT TIP! :D I'll have to try that.

And also, when the rash starts drying up, I very highly suggest making YOUR OWN sugar scrub at home with Sugar-In-The-Raw (that brand, because of how coarse it is) and vegetable oil, and scrubbing the hell out of your hands to help strip the dry flaky skin off BEFORE you moisturize. :D Good luck y'all, hope you have as easy a time with it as I have!

Bilal_Ali
Jan 6, 2009, 03:41 AM
If the causes of these bumps are stress, drugs, infections, skin injury or environmental condition than it is Psoriasis (http://www.vitiligoguide.com/psoriasis/). You should contact to any dermatologist.

eskimopups
Feb 11, 2009, 07:50 PM
I get this during the summer months. Usually between my fingers and occasionally on my palms. Like an allergic or nervous reaction. I wear gloves and the moisture makes them worse and I wash my hands every time I take gloves off and frequently.

lotus12
May 6, 2009, 12:13 PM
It's called dyshidrotic eczema. Google for details. I've had this for about 15 yrs. Happens every spring for 2 weeks. Starts as redness between fingers, slight itchy. Turns to bumps, annoying as heck when writing. Then week 2 they dry out.

mindybob
Aug 18, 2009, 03:30 PM
It sounds to me like you have something called flat warts. They can be removed by creams, or other treatments. Like all warts they are a virus and can spread. I would get to a dermatologist. If you Google images of flat warts you will be able to see if they match what you are talking about. If you have had a manicure, you could have picked up the ones on your hands there. Just a thought. Good Luck!

artaes
Aug 21, 2009, 01:27 PM
I have this on my my hands as well-small raised flesh-colored bumps on both hands on the sides of my fingers. And its spread since I noticed it a few days ago. I don't know if its because of a dramatic change in climate or what ( just spent six months in a very dry area of Colorado and moved back to east coast texas). My parents thought it was warts or an allergic reaction, but its niether.

brittanyf
Sep 1, 2009, 10:28 PM
Overview
Dyshidrotic eczema (dyshidrotic dermatitis) is generally defined as an itchy rash limited to the hands (usually the palms and sides of the fingers) and sometimes the feet. Dyshidrotic eczema manifests as small, itchy, fluid-filled blisters. Its cause is unknown. Dyshidrotic eczema often comes and goes, with episodes more common in warm weather.


I have them too. I started getting mine after I had my son. But that's because I've had drier skin since having him. But mine did happen in the summer and only on my hands and then to my palms and no where else. This is what mine is.im pretty sure that's what yours is seeing how it fits all the symptoms.

brittanyf
Sep 1, 2009, 10:33 PM
Dyshidrotic Eczema (Dyshidrotic Dermatitis) in Adults: Condition, Treatment and Pictures - Who's At Risk | skinsight (http://www.skinsight.com/adult/dyshidroticDermatitis-whosAtRisk.htm)

There are pictures of it here.. there are different treatments too.. but if it becomes too sever u need to see the doctor for some form of treatment.. just so u can get it under control.. mine has never gotten that bad though.. hope this all helps :)

typep23456
Sep 17, 2009, 03:07 AM
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg244/TracyKitty/Image000.jpg Hi! I have the same thing. I've had this for 5 years now. I did go to 2 dermatologists and they both said that I have eczema. I disagree, I mean isnít eczema caused through stress. I have this all year round but 10 times worse during the summer. My hands have started looking like an old ladies hands, I guess its busy scarring me now. I have been using PEARS soap and that helps. I also use plain aqueous cream, if I donít put cream on my hands my hands go extremely dry and start peeling. During the summer the little "water" bubbles last about two weeks then dry out, but come back again within a day or two. I'm so sick of struggling with this. It's quite embarrassing :confused:

wrldhealer
Sep 18, 2009, 07:07 AM
I have this too... Other people, after the patch dries out does it leave callous like bumps? Mine always came in the same place for about 2-3 years and I have a big callous where it was. I'm just now getting one on the top of my finger.

icon911
Sep 29, 2009, 01:01 AM
Wow, typep23456, the picture you took might as well be a picture of my hand, my condition is identical. I have been suffering with he same thing for a year now and it gotten gradually worse with more and more bumps appearing at a time. I am going to see a dermatologist but I have a feeling I now know what doc is going to say :( live with it, manage it,.

mline615
Oct 8, 2009, 08:05 AM
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Josesua81
Nov 1, 2009, 09:53 PM
I just had something like that in my left hand and between those fingers, remarkably similar to what you you described. I'm completely certain now that the liquid hand wash soap I had just started using was the cause of it, I stopped using it and it cleared in 2 days.

Curious thing here, before I identified the cause I applied some hydrogen peroxide and it made it feel and look better, so if you haven't yet identified what trigger it in your case maybe the hydrogen peroxide may help you manage it.

I hope this helps..

sreepeilatan
Nov 5, 2009, 07:26 AM
I have this on four of my fingers, they are not itchy or red nor are they sore, if I do scratch at them they do let out a little bit of clear liquid. They are extremely small and are in clusters although they do come and go with the biggest period of not having them being 3 months. I do suffer with eczema and don't know whether it is related.

Spring01
Dec 22, 2009, 06:15 AM
Hi Bubbadoll, my mom has the same thing, also only gets it is summer and also doesn't itch much. Did you find out what it was?