Sounds like Hand dermatitis (also known as hand eczema). I have suffered from it constantly for the past 7 or 8 years.
Here is info from http://www.dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/hand-dermatitis.html
Hand dermatitis often results from a
combination of causes, including genetic makeup (constitutional
factors), injury (contact with irritants) and allergy. It is frequently
caused or aggravated by work, when it is known as occupational
dermatitis. Hand dermatitis is particularly common in industries
involving cleaning, catering, metalwork, hairdressing, healthcare and mechanical work.
Hand dermatitis varies in severity. It may affect the backs of the
hands, the palms or both sites. Often it starts as a mild intermittent
complaint, but it can become increasingly severe and persistent. The
affected skin initially becomes red and dry, then progresses to itchy
papules (bumps) and fluid-filled blisters (vesicles), scaling, cracking
(fissures), weeping (exudation) and swelling (oedema). Bacterial
infection can result in pustules, crusting and pain. Longstanding
dermatitis at the ends of the fingers may result in deformed nails. Hand
dermatitis can spread to affect other sites, particularly the forearms
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