I have had a cronic problem with eczema, or at least that is what the dermatologist has diagnosed. My skin, on the tips of the thumbs and three fingers on each becomes dry and cracks. The dryness usually extends down the side of the thumb and forefinger. It does not itch, but becomes dry and hard, cracking and scaling. It feels like my fingers have been dipped in wax. I have seen 3 dermatologists along with two other doctors, and have tried several steroid creams, other prescription creams along with just about everything I can get over the counter. Nothing seems to have any effect. I have had a patch test, with no indication of any allegery. I have also taken Grenz treatments, which is a form of xray and gama ray. That seemed to have a little effect, but nothing has really given any relief. I wear exam gloves much of the time at work and home. They seem to keep the mositure in, and give some relief. This has been the most disabiliting problem I have ever had. I am male, 65 years old, and this has been going on for about 2 or 3 years. I have never had any skin problem similar to this in the past, and I know no one in my family who has. The only other suggestion the doctors have offered are drugs that will lower my immune system. I am not anxious to try that unless it is the last resort. Any ideas or suggestions will be appreciated.