I can relate! I had really bad excema patches on my hands when I was working at a day care and dollar store. The Harsh soaps and anti bacterial stuff we used at the daycare mixed with working in the back and breaking down boxes that dried my skin out big time = huge itchy red patches. They eventually went away when I stopped working there. But I forever get slight flare ups in dry weather, or if I wash my hands too much.
Presently I have a REALLLY bad excema flare up on the back of my head (along the base of my hairline, from ear to ear along the neck) It feels so tight and sore and OMG SO. EFFING. ITCHY.!!! I have been dying my hair since I was 12, but this new brand I started using about 6 months before suddenly started to burn(I've never had a problem before...) Now I can't get rid of it. I haven't been to a docs yet tho because I just can't afford any script they will give me for it right now. So I slather it in my usual unscented lotion that worked nicely for my other flare ups, and it helps a bit. Takes the sting and urgency of the itch away, but makes my hair so thick and greasy. PLus I have to wear my hair in a pony tail at work, so everyone is always saying OMG WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR HEAD?! and when I scratch OMG DO YOU HAVE LICE? The worst is waking myself up at night because I was desperately scratching at the back of my head.
I am also getting a flare up on my toes. :verysad: We had some really bad snowy weather, and I am the snow clean up gal at work. (I love it, so I don't mind) but my winter boots decided to get leaky suddenly... I tried my best to get them dry under the dryer, because I knew what wet shoes all day will give me... No luck. They are mostly swollen and kinda pink not nearly as bad as they were a few years ago. But they are so itchy,. The itch is endless. I wake up at night rubbing my toes off the edge of the bed. And the only thing that will make it go away is keeping me feet, clean and dry and well lotioned for a few days.
I hope my plan for work works... (ha) I have to do alot of outside cleaning, with the hose and scrubbing with soaps and stuff, and my shoes often get wet. (thus what caused the really bad problem a few years ago.) so I am going to buy a pair of those ugly black rain galoshes just for doing outside work. I just can't afford those super fancy work shoes that are waterproof... so Hopefully this will solve the problem this summer... JUst my head needs tending to... sigh*