housewives' eczema

housewives' eczema

Etymology: AS, hus + wif + Gk, ekzein, to boil over
an informal term for contact dermatitis of the hands caused and exacerbated by their frequent immersion in water and by the use of soaps and detergents.

house·wives' ec·ze·ma

(hows'wīvz eks'ĕ-mă)
Colloquial usage describing rashes related to the use of cleaning fluids (e.g., harsh soaps or astringents) involved in cleaning the home.