Doh, of course - told you I don't know much! I did get a nice tea tree antiseptic cream from Waitrose that cleared my over dry skin on my hands - my hands were chapped beyond belief but this cream cleared it well because it got rid of the infection without drying it - worth a try?
I know some say you need to let it dry out. But this never works for me.
That doesn't look actually infected to me, but close to it.
When i get that bad, i smother constantly in Aveeno and this prevents further damage being done if you itch (and of course dirt from finger nails causing infection).
I mean literally every hour smother in Aveeno until it dies down.
If after three or four days of that mine doesn't get better, then i use steroids. (but i'm then left with vitiligo in its placed caused by steroids but GP won't agree with me) Hence my fear of them and beg anyone to not use them too much!
doesnt look infected to me. i get excema in a mild form now but when i was 18 it would be all around my belly button and would itch and scab and bleed. it was agonising!! doctor gave me a cream for it which helped and told me to slap moituriser on it?. it looked much worse than that but wasnt infected. irritating as hell though [itchy emoticon]