Calling all mechanics! I've been a bicycle mechanic for two years now and have never had any skin problems other than the odd scratch or cut.
About two weeks ago, after I returned from my holiday, I quickly developed sore hands, as in cracks in the skin, patches of irritated reddened skin, small speckles that looked like goose bumps and, before it got out of hand (pun intended) and I went to see a doctor, patches of skin just coming off.
My doctor instantly diagnosed it as eczema and gave me some pills and an ointment. It does help a bit and everyday it gets a little better, but every time I wash my hands at work, which is about 4-5 times a day, my hands feel like they are on fire. I've considered wearing gloves, but they just do not seem like a practical solution.
My colleague took one look and said it was mechanics eczema and that it does not cure easily and could get progressively worse. For your information, I do use a moisturizing hand cream every day after work in addition to the hormone-ointment i got from my doctor.
Has anyone ever experienced this or something similar to this? Any input would be appreciated, because, obviously, this condition is not very 'handy' when you are a mechanic :-)