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Old 01-12-2019, 07:05 AM
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My husband has been plagued by cracks on his fingers. He uses lotion and wears gloves. He even uses rubber gloves when cleaning or washing pans. Despite all the care he still gets deep cracks every winter. He is in good health but does take blood thinners for Factor V Leiden. We've tried many different things over the year but folks here at PT always seem to have a wider variety of solutions.

What is your go to remedy for cracked fingers and the deep crevices they cause?


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Old 01-12-2019, 07:17 AM
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My DH struggles so much with this too. And it’s very painful!

He likes .. O’keefes working hands a lot. After tying so many things he uses this daily.

Also, first aid beauty has a cream called ultra repair cream.

I bought him cotton gloves to wear at night so we could slather aquaphor on as well.

Every couple of days he uses a steroid cream or ointment if they are super bad.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:22 AM
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I've found Aquaphor to be really helpful for super dry hands. When I used it, I put it on before bed because it can leave you a bit greasy for a little while. I read somewhere it was similar to Vaseline, but had ingredients that helped the moisture to soak into your skin vs. Vaseline being more of a barrier over your skin.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:23 AM
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My DHís hands are a mess in the winter. He uses Burtís Bees hand salve, and that helps a lot.

Iíve used Vaseline and cotton gloves, but my hands donít get like your DHís. Hope he finds relief soon!
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:29 AM
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I will third Aquaphor. I used it as a teenager when I was on Accutane. It was the only thing that would save my skin.

I now use their lotion at night with socks over my hands. It helps repair once youíve gotten it under control.


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Old 01-12-2019, 07:36 AM
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I am sorry your husband has this annoying and painful condition. I found this online and it talks about washing hands gently to not increase the problem. Sounds wise.

https://www.wikihow.com/Heal-Cracked-Skin-on-Fingers

I would also take a vitamin E supplement. I would talk to doctor about amount to take since he takes blood thinners. Avoid hot showers. Warm showers are fine but not hot.

This second links talks about possible nutrient needs.

https://www.livestrong.com/article/5...-on-the-hands/

Does he wear aftershave or cologne? If it has alcohol that is very drying to his hands when he applies it to his face.

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Old 01-12-2019, 07:45 AM
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In addition to all above:

Run a humidifier if your air is dry keeping in mind that humidifiers breed mold and fungus if you don't keep them clean.

Drink lots of water.

Consider using non-latex gloves for washing those pans. If those gloves are latex he could be sensitive to them which could make his hands angrier.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:56 AM
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I have eczema on my hands, and my dermatologist sister told me not to use rubber gloves on their own, but to wear a pair of cotton gloves under the rubber gloves. She also recommended Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream for very dry skin. I swear by it! Hopefully this helps!
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:22 AM
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I've found Bag Balm works well.
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I know several mentioned Aquafor,
Old 01-12-2019, 08:28 AM
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but I want to specifically mention the Eurecin Advanced Healing. It does everything its' sister lotion does but without a heavy greasy feeling.

Also, have him try that new Gold Bond product:
https://goldbondultimate.com/product...saAqiKEALw_wcB

If he works a job where he cannot carry lotion on the regular, have him carry either one of those tiny Nivea pots or even a cheap lip balm. Sometimes I buy those cheap lip balms and put them in my pocket so I can just put a waxy layer on quickly with a minimum of fuss.


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Old 01-12-2019, 08:57 AM
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My dermatologist recommended Ceravae. I use the Healing Ointment when itís really bad. Also try Cortizone 10 Ointment. Both are greasy, but sometimes thatís what you need. Use them at least 2, preferably 3, times a day. One of those times should be when you get out of the tub/shower. I also use Ceravae Moisturizing Cream or their lotion every time I wash my hands. I got one of the little hand sanitizers that you can clip on your belt loop, emptied it, and cleaned it really well. I filled it with my favorite lotion and keep it with me whenever Iím washing my hands frequently at work. Do not use hand sanitizer bc it is very drying. Antibacterial soaps are too. Tell him to be sure the gloves he uses are not tight fitting. The friction on his skin is also irritating. Hope he finds some relief soon!
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:43 AM
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May be helpful. I have never tried it. Sounds like it is worth a try.

https://www.shop.com/ClearShield+reg...roduct-details

Ask doctor about a prescription for Dermabond. It is sort of like Super Glue but safer. It close painful cracks and last over a week.

https://www.drweil.com/health-wellne...for-first-aid/
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:04 AM
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Gormel cream will do the trickó also fantastic for cracked heals.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:00 AM
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I hope one of these suggestions helps. This is one of those conditions that sounds minor to folks who have never experiences it, but is rough on people who have it.
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:36 PM
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Okay, this is what seems to work for my DH and FIL. Both suffer from chronic dry hands, and this seems to work.

Coconut oil, like you get down the baking aisle with the other oils. Don't use fractionated (for essential oils). At night, slather your hands in it once. Let it soak in and then slather again. Get some vitamin e capsules. Poke a hole in one, and every other night, put a couple drops on your hands with the coconut oil to rub in. Every morning, apply a small amount of coconut oil to hands and rub in well.

Run a humidifier constantly, but make sure it is a WARM MIST humidifier. If it has a filter, change it every 2 weeks. Once a month before taking the filter out, run it with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water to clean it well.

Warm, not hot showers, and try not to shower every day. Make sure the soap he is using is for sensitive skin with no scents (equals alcohol). When he washes his hands, use soap for sensitive skin, again non scented and use cool water. Apply a healing lotion immediately after.

AVOID hand sanitizer and limit alcohol intake.

If you can afford one, get a wax melter from the beauty section and some of the wax. He can slather his hands in coconut oil once a week and then dip into the wax and let sit for about 15 minutes.
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:25 PM
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O'Keeffe's Working Hands works really well for my dad who has very dry hands, and it's not greasy.
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