Unbeknownst to many I have severe eczema. My left palm currently is red-raw, thanks to a painful cycle of blistering, cracking, bleeding, drying out and being itchy. I’m very self-conscious shaking hands…but NO it’s not contagious. I’ve tried every ointment imaginable, expensive UV treatments, olive oil soaps, goat’s milk, eliminating dairy and nuts, all to no avail. Stress-related, my body is like a hyper-colour t-shirt from the 80s. I’m hoping for calm in 2014.