I don't know whether it is the chemicals on the machine washable wool, a slight cold or the change in the weather but my eczema has broken out again. This time only on my right hand, on the thumb and three middle fingers.
I have lost so much skin that my thumb surface is cracked and bleeding.
After trying a range of expensive over-the-counter and prescription creams I have discovered that the best treatment is the relatively cheap (less than $10 for a 375ml pump bottle) Vaseline Intensive Care aloe vera replenishing moisturiser. It has so few active ingredients that even the supermarkets can sell it.
J is insisting that I put aside my knitting until my hands heal, which is a sensible suggestion. However I am a knitter and not always sensible. I have put on bandaids and discovered that knitting with the expensive cashmere blend yarn is not aggravating my hands.
I knew there was a good reason I should buy it.