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Jetta

Hand problems

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Hello, I am new to the forum and I am trying to find some helpful remedies on oils, or lotions that may help especially during the cold months. My hands and fingers are getting very deep splits in them and my fingers are swollen. I know the skin is starting to really get thick especially the back of my hands. Thanks Jetta

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Hi Jetta, Welcome. You've come to the right place. You'll probably be swamped with helpful remedies. I use cetaphil cream on my hands and when they're sore from swelling and/or the cracks, I rub antibiotic with pain relief cream or ointment on. If the cracks are very bad I put the antibiotic cream on and then a bandaid (but you probably do the same).

 

Hope that helps you.

 

Christy


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Hi Jetta, welcome to the Forum - you'll like it here!

 

My dermatologist told me to use the thickest, greasiest goop I could find - petroleum jelly would be just fine, according to him. I can't stand it for all-the-time use, but here's what I do do (now that sounds funny!):

 

I slather it on, then put on cotton gloves, then rubber gloves, and then wash the pots and pans in really hot water. :lol: The warmth feels so good and it helps with the absorption of the goop. When I'm done, I take the gloves off, wipe off the excess, then use a regular hand lotion.

 

It's taken me a while, but I wear some kind of gloves as much of the time as I can. I just don't wear rubber gloves without the cotton ones underneath.


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Hello Jetta,

 

Welcome to Sclero Forums! Please be sure to see your doctor about this, too, since it may be time for you to start or change treatments and/or begin physical therapy, or hand exercises, to help alleviate any changes.


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Hi Jetta

two excellent things I use are "crack cream" yes it's really called that, and burt's bee's rescue ointment.

welcome and good luck

Karen

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Hello Jetta

 

Welcome to this forum, it's a most excellent place to be! :lol:

 

I don't have this problem but picking up on one of the other posts, what about a goopy cream and gloves left on overnight? My hands peel and I was going to try this but with erythromelalgia my hands would get to hot.

 

I really enjoyed reading this thread, what with the do do and crack cream...like being in the school playground again!

 

I hope you find relief soon.

 

Take care.

 

Amanda


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Thanks for the info, I also use udder butter, I use olive oil, and lavender, rosemary eucalyptus in an oil base. Maybe since Im Italian my body is used to the olive oil : ) Jetta

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Hi Jetta,

 

Can't add to what has already been said but wanted to say hello and welcome. The group here are good people. Good luck with finding the right lotion or cream. I am still looking for better ones all the time.

 

With gentle thoughts,

 

Judy


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Hi Jetta, the thing I have found most sucessful is to really smother my hands with petroleum jelly and then put on cotton gloves at bedtime. By the morning the skin on my hands is softer and less prone to developing futher cracks.

 

Lizzie

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Jetta, I use a liquid bandage type of product. You can check near first aid products in just about any store that carries medical supplies, or ask a pharmacist and they can direct you to where it is located. I keep it on hand year round. I even use it if I am shaving and nick a small area of skin. It helps cuts, and cracks, heal quickly. I will warn you that if the little cracks have opened and bleed often, because of where they are located on tips of thumbs and fingers then this product will burn a little bit. It is worth it to watch how fast the healing takes place. You can still use all the regular thick creams to soften or smooth your skin as usual. You can still place regular band-aids on areas that you don't want to bump or as a reminder to be careful with a certain spot. It is a wonderful product that usually works within two days. I apply it a few times daily for quick results. There are several ideas from our forum friends to help each of us out. I no longer buy 3 or 4 boxes of bandaids at a time. You also get to have movement of your fingers for typing and regular household duties. Wear gloves though for the time your hands spend in water, during the cooler months especially. I hope this product helps someone as much as it has helped me.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

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Thank you , funny thing a friend just gave me some of that liquid bandage, I have been using it the last couple of days and it has helped and it keeps a thickness over the split holds it a little more together, the thumbs are the worst for me, they get very deep a split far apart, so using zippers or buttons keeps opening them, bandaids are annoying to me they keep coming off. thanks again Jetta

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