Update on Chronic Hand Eczema


  • Sonja Molin, MD Division of Dermatology, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON


Hand eczema is an inflammatory skin disease that often has a chronic course. Chronic hand eczema (CHE) is defined as eczema on the hands with a disease duration of longer than three months or two or more relapses per year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, hand eczema gained attention due to the increased risk of developing particularly irritant contact dermatitis in the context of a change in hand hygiene habits and frequency of hand washing.

This has once more highlighted how important skin protection continues to be for prevention of the disease. Beyond this, new and updated guidelines are available, and a multitude of high-quality studies on hand eczema prevalence, pathogenesis and treatment have furthered our understanding of the disease and its management. 

This article aims to provide an overview on recent information about hand eczema with a focus on epidemiology, quality of life, and new treatment options. 

Author Biography

Sonja Molin, MD, Division of Dermatology, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Dr. Sonja Molin is the chair of the Division of Dermatology at Queen’s University. She is an academic dermatologist committed to high-quality patient care, innovative treatments, research and passionate teaching. She is an internationally renowned expert in inflammatory skin diseases, including hand eczema, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, contact allergy and occupational dermatology. She is member of the Board of Directors of the American Contact Dermatitis Society and the German Society for Occupational Dermatology and councilor of the International Eczema Council. Dr. Molin has published more than 80 peer‑reviewed articles and book chapters. 


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How to Cite

Molin S. Update on Chronic Hand Eczema. Can Dermatol Today [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 26 [cited 2024 Jul. 15];5(2):24–27. Available from: https://canadiandermatologytoday.com/article/view/5-2-molin