I had a really bad problem with my hands. After about a year they started getting really itchy. Really, really itchy. I would go home after work and drink beers and scrape my fingers against the wooden closet door until they bled. This, of course made the problem worse(more itchy) and infected. Not to mention infected. I actually had to quit for about 3 months.
I remember going home to visit family and telling people that I was a chef/cook and then shaking hands with them. And then, in my mind, trying to explain why my hands were so soft and cushy(not having worked in 2.5 months)
I was taking heavey doses of methyl-prednisol steroids at this time
When I quit, my hands looked like a cross between hamburger helper and the cheese pizza that gets made at a community college.
I returned to wash dishes after the crazy dishwasher aunty cut her wrists on a broken glass(by accident, before you start), and then found myself right back in the thick of things in the kitchen. quicksmart.
I remember a Vietnam vet at the bar downstairs tell me how he couldn't believe that they let me work there with my hands like that(after 3 months, my hands erupted again after 1 week of work.)
I saw dermatologists, did research on allergies, and applied my learnings to my job.
I would show up to work early, wrap my fingers with clear duct tape(making SURE to leave the joints free), and then put on a vinyl glove.
Watch out for latex, lanolin, laundry soap, shellfish..&^%& ANY OIL FROM DEEP FRYING, all types of blood, wedding rings, soapsoapsoap.
The idea here is not to be wearing vaseline gloves at night...what about your lover???
Water is the best thing to put on your skin. But be very carefull about what touches you after your "Baptism". Unless of course you are like Kramer and you cook in the shower!
Auquaphor sounds excellent... which reminds me
Be carefull of your shower soap, new pets, your diet(strangely enough),
Your immune system is like a cup, and allergies are like the water, your life before cooking school was in stasis. now that your hands are subject to burns, especially burns, and bruises and cuts, your cup is filling up and overflowing. you can't stop cuts and burns, but you can cut out the junky soap and other stuff thats attacking you. Just doing this will drop the fluid level in the cup and help you exponentially.
If that makes any sense nod your head.
Main thing is DO NOT SCRATCH THE ITCH!
Hope this helps and thanks for listening