Tips for healing cracked hands / fingers?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by PortlandBass77, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. So my hands / fingers have been badly cracked and dry for a month now. It started with one finger on my right hand but now has spread to both hands and most fingers.

    //* To answer everyone's first question: I do not have the money to see a doctor as my insurance deductible is $4000... *//

    I assume this to be due to the weird ass weather we've been having along with me working longer hours than previous years.

    I have tried:
    1. Standard lotion
    2. Bandaging up my hands over night
    3. Aloe vera gel
    4. Oitment
    5. Olive oil
    6. Eating more potassium (bananas)

    None have had any effect other than tempary pain relief. Any and all suggestions are welcome.
  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Some of the folks around here use udder cream.
    It is marketed to dairy farmers. And no, I'm not kidding.
  3. If I can find a place to buy it I'll try it
  4. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    My hands get red/dry in the winter from cold dry air and washing my hands (trying not to catch colds). I use a petroleum jelly based lotion and it seems to help. Every time you wash your hands, though, you're removing the oils, so you have to reapply often.

    I know a gymnast, and he's always having "rips' in his hands from the bar exercises. He and his teammates use specialized hand balm. You might try a looking for a "gymnastics salve" or "athlete's hand balm". Burt's Bees makes a hand salve, which might be easier to find.

    "Ideally speaking, we all should wear gloves before going to bed. But I found out that would be a little interference with my social know what I mean..."
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  5. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    I've had this problem from time to time. It usually flares up after my hunting trips---I have a bad habit of not wearing gloves, even in the coldest weather.

    The best stuff I've found ( for me) is Johnson's Baby Lotion--used liberally and frequently.

    In extreme cases, I've resorted to this stuff:


    Slather it on at night before bedtime and put on a pair of cotton gloves.

    Also, try and stay away from harsh soaps and detergents (dish soap is really bad) and alcohol based hand sanitizers.

    And---don't be like me----wear a decent pair of gloves if you're out and about in cold weather.
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  6. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I like O'Keeffe's Working Hands
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  7. I live in Colorado, brutally dry winters.

    Eucerin medicated lotion (the "intensive care/advanced" variety) every night at bedtime is the best thing I've used for both preventative and the first signs of cracking.

    After the crack reaches a certain point, you're stuck with it until Mother Nature has her way, and you're now faced with topicals like Neosporin and Second Skin.
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  8. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore?

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    I like this stuff.....

    Also, if you have real little ones, this stuff is amazing for diaper rash!!
  9. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Do not wash your hands just before going out in the cold. It worked for me.
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  10. Fleebag

    Fleebag Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    Water, h2o, agua. Drink lots, you're likely dehydrated.
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  11. Humidifier in the room - run it nonstop, refill daily. Get one for each room you spend a lot of time in. It helps. Get one for work if you have an office. You will notice a difference.

    Possibly shower less too? Oily skin won't dry out as easily. But keep hygienic.
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  12. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    soak it in cider
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  13. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    My girlfriend got me hooked on using almond oil and coconut oil for all of my dry skin. Both work great.
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  14. blastoff99

    blastoff99 Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    Under the flight path
    Try eliminating wheat from your diet. I had tried everything topical for my cracked bleeding hands and feet. A month wheat free and I was great.
  15. Fleebag

    Fleebag Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    +1 for liquid coconut oil. It's very good for your hair, scalp, beards and face too. I use it myself in my hair twice a week.
  16. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    Lemon butter--Burt's Bees brand or go to a canoe/outdoors store--they should have something good.
  17. Not a bad idea, hipsters love that stuff, I can get it easily.

    lol not going to happen. I'll stick with the cracked hands ;)

    I think that counts as alcohol abuse ;)
  18. UPDATE:

    I bought some of that cow udder bag balm stuff and left it on my hands overnight: my hands haven't felt this good in weeks! Granted they aren't completely healed, but they look a hell of a lot better and the pain is gone.
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