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Contact Dermatitis
#1
I think I have contact dermatitis. About 3 weeks ago, I developed a rash on the top of my hand and several fingers on the other hand. At first, it sort of looked like poison ivy, but didn't itch as bad. The rash has transformed from being swollen and hive-like to being so dry it's now starting to crack. At the same time the rash started, both of my thumbs started to crack on the tips. I generally have good cuticles and rarely have hangnails. Now, I have horrible cracks that hurt!

I have a Dr. appointment in the morning. I've been using cuticle oil and Aquaphor like it's going out of style. The part on my hand, it's only on the part that touches the table when I do nails. I haven't changed anything recently, or started using new products. I am thinking that it's either Cuticle Away or the liquid and powder that I use[/color]. I do a lot of gel polish and normally will use my own thumb nail as a "wiper" so I can see why I've developed it there. I've been wearing gloves since I got the rash. I tried vinyl ones but the acetone ate through them so now I'm using latex.

Can you suddenly develop an allergy to products you've used for years? Has anyone else dealt with this? I don't know why it hasn't gotten better, since I've been wearing gloves and not coming into contact with whatever did this to me. Hopefully, I'll have an answer tomorrow. It's quite painful! Sorry for writing a book!
Nails by Janeen
Albany, KY
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#2
I did -- my hands break out from acrylics. YN was the only product that doesn't bother me (right now). But I don't do a lot of acrylics nor to I wear them.
Angela
Angel
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#3
Gloves in a Bottle. Make it your new best friend. I have a severe allergy to acrylic monomer liquid and I apply Gloves in a Bottle every 3-4 hours on days I have acrylic clients. Works like a dream!

http://www.nailsmag.com/article/95538/Ha...out-Gloves
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#4
(10-30-2012, 12:51 AM)jluper7297 Wrote: Gloves in a Bottle. Make it your new best friend. I have a severe allergy to acrylic monomer liquid and I apply Gloves in a Bottle every 3-4 hours on days I have acrylic clients. Works like a dream!

http://www.nailsmag.com/article/95538/Ha...out-Gloves


Thanks for replying. I will definitely check out Gloves in a Bottle. It sounds very interesting and like something I could use. I generally use CND Retention, but I also use YN. I've never had problems with any type of allergy before this. I'm so curious as to what caused this.
Nails by Janeen
Albany, KY
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#5
Sounds like contact dermatitis.... Of course I'm not a Dr, but it sure sounds like it to me
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#6
I picked up some derma shield to avoid getting contact dermatitis.

It isn't so much called a sudden allergy. As Doug Schoon puts it, it something that overtime builds up after constant contact.

Nitrile are the best gloves to use as they are the most resistant to acetone and other chemicals.

I suggest reading this article by Doug Schoon called: “Guidelines for Controlling Skin Exposure”

http://www.schoonscientific.com/download...re_ENG.pdf
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#7
I started getting it a few years ago between 2 fingers. It went away and with a vengeance came back on both hands. I had it tested for a fungus, negative. It was dermatitis. Its really bad on my left thumb. I have prescription creme for it but them the skin cracks and bleeds and no amount of creme helps. Putting on any type of gloves for a pedicure still makes my hand break out. Its pretty frustrating at this point.
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#8
Gloves in a Bottle will prevent the product from penetrating the skin so you won't have the breakouts at all.
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#9
Dang, that sounds awful, hun!! It sounds like it is from overexposure to acrylic through the years from dust and/or using your fingers as tools to scrape off product. Some people get it, some don't. Sounds like ya got some great advice on some things that can help ya out.
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#10
I've gotten dermitis a couple of times. They gave me some steroid ointment amd it cleared up in about a week. I wore gloves till it was gone and it didn't come back for over a year.
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#11
I was told that contact dermatitis is caused from overexposure to uncured product so I am extremely careful to make sure that I never get gel on my skin and if I do to clean it off immediatly.

Going through the malls I always have a look at nail tech's desk when ever one is in plain view. I have seen brushes that have handles caked with product, which in my opinion is just asking for contact dermatitis.

I also use the dust extractor from Erica's which has eliminated most dust from contacting my skin also.

Knock on wood, but 10 years later and never had contact dermatitis!
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#12
Sounds crazy but using 99% alcohol as a wipe created a huge peeling reaction on my finger tips. I thought it was the gel too, but after i omitted the 99%, it went away. Never came back.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Jennifer
Acrylic & Gel Tech Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
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#13
building up to an allergic reaction to monomer (any brand) is not uncommon. So wearing gloves or those liquid gloves will help.

Sorry, not much luck in reversing things once it starts. Just gotta keep from touching the monomer.

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#14
When I hear about this, I want to pass on what happen ed to me and warn others about it. This happened about 3 1/2 years ago.:

This is a cross post from another website and my blog journal:

The last 3 months, I've been dealing with a chemical burn on the fingers I use when I do nails (thumb, forefinger and middle finger). It was caused by using a brush with a wood handle that wasn't coated with a protective coating to prevent an overexposure accident. I got it at Sally's. I LOVE the brush but over time, I was getting mega doses of liquid because it was being absorbed up the ferrule into the handle. I didn't realize it was happening till it was too late. I've had some cracking, open areas for a long time and just haven't been able to get this healed. I've been to the doctor once and was given some topical steroid. It's been painful and annoying but I've worked thru all of it because when you own a business, you have to. I have no sick days.

So, this is my blog entry for what happened these last few days:

Quote:"Well, I'm home and pretty tired out but soooooooo glad I still have all the parts of my right hand,

Wednesday, my right hand was hurting so much more than it had in the past weeks so I called the Dermatoligist thinking it would be at least a month til I could see him. I decided that it was worth the wait since this has gone on so so so long. In sharp contrast to what happened the last time I called, once I told his receptionist what was going on, she asked if I could come into the office immediately and he could see me that day.

Well, I rescheduled the few client appointments I had and flew on down to his office. He looked at my fingers and SURPRISE! told me that this had been treated wrong all along! I had a fungal infection in the tissues of my fingers and the ony way it would get better is with an anti-fungal medication. Which he prescribed, and I had filled at the pharmacy, then started to treat my hand. Apparently, because I had the chemical burn, I put on a nitrile glove to do all my procedures. Even with the white cotton glove under, that makes for a warm, moist environment-perfect for a yeast infection to take hold!

At this point, the oinly thing that was affected was still my thumb, forefinger and middle finger.

On Wednesday night, when I went to bed, the rest of my hand started itching a bit. Not terrible but I thought, oh boy, now I'm having a reaction to the medication. I put some hydrocortisone on my hand and went to bed. Thruout the night I kept waking up with some major itching all over my hand and some pain down by the side of my wrist. I didn't really look at it till the morning when I saw my hand was really swollen and there was a small reddish-bluish sort of "stain" looking thing by the painful part on my wrist. Now, I'm going *poo-poo*! WHAT NOW?????

So, I went into the salon because I had a 10:00 pedi. My plan was to call the doc at 9ish, do the pedi then hopefully he'd want to see me or else prescribe something else. By the time I got to the salon at 9, my hand was so swollen, I couldn't close it or hold anythng. I still did the pedi which was ok because once I got my hand moving, I did alright. But when I took off my glove and looked at my hand, the reddish bluish part had increased in size in that hour. It was running all up the side of my hand into my little finger and across the back of my hand. Also, there were blisters all thru the discolored part and across the back of my hand. AND IT ITCHED LIKE CRAZY!!! The doc had been called and the nurse said he would probably want to see me-could I get there by 2pm? Sigh. Rescheduling more clients, I left about 1 and got there at 1:45.

This is where it gets interesting...

As soon as I walked into the room and the nurse saw my hand, she immediately got the doctor out of a room with another patient to come look at me. By this time, I'm feeling a bit nervous. The doctor went "Hmmm..." and left to go find ANOTHER doctor, who looked at my hand and went "HMMMMMMMM!!!!" My doc said to his nurse, "Could you get the camera, please?" and promptly started taking pictures. From behind the camera, he said to the nurse to call the surgeon for a consult. (!)

The other doctor started to gently tell me he thought this was Necrotizing Fasciitus:
https://www.google.com/health/ref/Necrot...+infection (flesh eating disease)
and not to get to worried because since I wasn't showing other signs of the infection, the prognosis was good but GET YOUR *rear end* DOWN TO THE HOSPITAL!!!

Which I did...

...where everyone took one look at my hand, got all excited, immediately admitted me and were getting me set for surgery to remove the infected tissue and possibly be on the ready to amputate.my.hand.to.save.my.life!!!

....gasp!

I'm thinking to my self, what in the hell is happening here? I'm all alone, my cell phone just died and I had nothing with me to be admitted to the hospital! My last text was to Dave (husband) telling him I was being admitted to room 306 and that I'd contact him as best I could from the room phone.

This was all happening too fast!

(Remember, the closest hospital, other than the one where I worked, is an hour away. The Tomah Hospital couldn't have handled this. I would have been transferred.)

Luckily and I do mean LUCKILY! an infectous disease specialist (this made 5 doctors total who looked at my hand) was called in for a last minute consult and he took one look at my hand and at me and said it was NO WAY a flesh eating bacteria and the best course of action was to give IV antibiotics and watch what happened in 8 hours. Which we did. Heidi (business partner) just happened to be in La Crosse, got one of my texts and amazingly showed up at exactly the right time to listen to all the docs, call Dave on her cell and tell him what was happening. He didn't need to come down to be with me. He had a cold anyway and I didn't want him to infect others.

So, it stopped growing at 8 hours and by 12 hours I saw a marked improvement. All thru the day yesterday, I watched the swelling go down, the red, blistery area recede and the pain went away. Another Infectious Disease Specialist (total of 6 doctors now-people were stopping by the whole time I was there), said this was a cellultis and gave me the best scenario of what happened. Apparently, because my fingers were so cracked and open, I must have picked up a staph or strep bacteria, it traveled down the lymphatic system and settled in my right wrist. That's where it all started and that's why there was no indication of any infection in the actual wound area of my fingers. If it entered my blood stream, this event would have a very different ending. Wow....

The reddish bluish part is still there and will take about a month to go away..

Now, I'm home and I need a shower. My fingers are still sore and cracked but I'm using the anit-fungal med like crazy. The doc says I should see some improvement by Monday. I have to follow up with two of the doctors next week."

So here I am. Will be back working on Tuesday.


Make sure your brushes are coated so the acrylic liquid doesn't give you and overexposure reaction! I had no idea! I even had no idea you could get a fungal infection in the tissues! This has been a horrible nightmare for the last 3 months. I can't wait till it's over.

I hope this will help others.

Sharon

DO NOT FOOL AROUND WITH AN OVEREXPOSURE REACTION!
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#15
Wow, thanks for the excellent advice! My Dr. said that it's hand eczema. She gave me a steroid cream and I'm still using the Auqaphor. From reading up on this, it really sucks!! Bad things is, I do nails and hair, so really it could be anything. I am going to get some Gloves in a Bottle! Thanks again for your responses. I can relate to what so many of you have said. I'm glad to finally have a name for this!
Nails by Janeen
Albany, KY
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#16
Definitely get the Gloves in a Bottle! Since you're not sure exactly which chemical is causing it, I would apply it daily, every 4 hours. Keep in mind it's going to take a while for the current reaction to clear up.
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#17
(10-31-2012, 11:10 AM)jluper7297 Wrote: Definitely get the Gloves in a Bottle! Since you're not sure exactly which chemical is causing it, I would apply it daily, every 4 hours. Keep in mind it's going to take a while for the current reaction to clear up.


Can you see and/or feel it on your hands? Can I use it while I'm having a flare up?
Nails by Janeen
Albany, KY
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#18
(10-30-2012, 10:42 PM)harmonysky Wrote: So, it stopped growing at 8 hours and by 12 hours I saw a marked improvement. All thru the day yesterday, I watched the swelling go down, the red, blistery area recede and the pain went away. Another Infectious Disease Specialist (total of 6 doctors now-people were stopping by the whole time I was there), said this was a cellultis and gave me the best scenario of what happened. Apparently, because my fingers were so cracked and open, I must have picked up a staph or strep bacteria, it traveled down the lymphatic system and settled in my right wrist. That's where it all started and that's why there was no indication of any infection in the actual wound area of my fingers. If it entered my blood stream, this event would have a very different ending. Wow....

The reddish bluish part is still there and will take about a month to go away..

Now, I'm home and I need a shower. My fingers are still sore and cracked but I'm using the anit-fungal med like crazy. The doc says I should see some improvement by Monday. I have to follow up with two of the doctors next week."

So here I am. Will be back working on Tuesday.


Make sure your brushes are coated so the acrylic liquid doesn't give you and overexposure reaction! I had no idea! I even had no idea you could get a fungal infection in the tissues! This has been a horrible nightmare for the last 3 months. I can't wait till it's over.

I hope this will help others.

Sharon

DO NOT FOOL AROUND WITH AN OVEREXPOSURE REACTION!


This is crazy and very disturbing! In '09, I had MRSA in a spot on my underarm. I NEVER want to go through that again! I really identify with your story.

My brush does tend to gather acrylic where I hold it, so I have to clean it often.
Nails by Janeen
Albany, KY
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#19
(10-30-2012, 12:51 AM)jluper7297 Wrote: Gloves in a Bottle. Make it your new best friend. I have a severe allergy to acrylic monomer liquid and I apply Gloves in a Bottle every 3-4 hours on days I have acrylic clients. Works like a dream!

http://www.nailsmag.com/article/95538/Ha...out-Gloves


I just went to their webpage and found that they are in many stores! Nice I can just go get some.

http://www.glovesinabottle.com/store-locator.html
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#20
I know this is old but I have had a rash over my left eye and left part of my neck that's been ongoing now for a few months, along with some breathing problems, could this be contact dermititas? Does the outbreaks usually occur on the same areas.

Thanks
aj
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#21
I purchased some gloves in a bottle some time ago. I hope it works better for you than it did for me. I just stated using keresal and that has helped t h e cracking.
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#22
Micrylium has a Barrier Cream which is for this exact purpose. It's Kinder, cleaner, safer. The owner/founder of Micrylium is presenting a webinar tonight hosted by Centre for Beauty. If interested, here is the link to join.
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/registe...2409944066
There is no charge to attend
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#23
Most of you have this on your hands I am wondering now if I do have it since it's on my neck and left eye..
aj
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#24
I have a client who had a break out on her eyelid. Funny thing because I did too. It was scaly, dry and itchy. She was told it was from her gel polish. At first I didn't believe it, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me. You don't realize how many times you casually scratch your eye. I cleanse the nails with alcohol but never have them wash their hands, so there could easily be a bit of the dispersion layer left on the finger.
If you do this every time you have an appointment eventually you will be overexposed to the product. I did the same thing with my fingers, using them to wipe away excess gel and now they are suffering terribly. I started wearing gloves and little by little my hands would sweat and itch. Well now I'm allergic to the gloves and my hands are a mess. I have a prescription from my family doctor but it still don't have them in control. Even if I wear nitrile gloves they start burning and itching. So now I need to wear cotton gloves under my latex gloves. That is working but I still can't find a cream to heal them now. My one finger is all puffy around the nail and my nail has developed horizontal ridges. It's awful.
But to get back to the point of my response is yes, you can develop a reaction anywhere that raw gel comes in contact with. I now have my clients wash their hand after I cleanse them and then I do their oil and lotion. Good Luck, Kelly*
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#25
is it ok to use gloves in a bottle if you dont have anything yet just to protect your hands?also do you have to apply it every time you wash your hands between clients?
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