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stitchabit 02-17-2010 09:14 PM

OT: Sore Fingers
:help: Help!!! It has been a cold and very dry winter for me. I have been using hand lotions as usual however this year my fingers - just my thumbs and pointer fingers are splitting (in the corners) they have been doing since November- There is not a week that has went by that I do not have a bandaid on at least one if not two of them, they heal and then re-split. They hurt like....... It is like having the most extreme papercut. It also feels like I have glass in my finger tips. I can't even begin to describe the pain if I bump one of them. I just want them to heal and stay healed- It definitely gets in the way of my knitting in addition to anything else I do. I have never experienced this before. I haven't taken the time to go to CVS or somewhere and maybe see if a pharmacist could recommend some over the counter cream or something. I have put lotion after lotion- several differnt kinds- drinking more water. Any remedies, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

newamy 02-17-2010 09:37 PM

Sounds like Chilblains, I don't really know what to do. Read the Mayo clinic link and keep your hands warm and protected. Wear wool gloves!

AngelaR 02-17-2010 10:03 PM

I have some weird allergic reaction to newspaper... it has to be the interaction of the ink with the paper, because by themselves they don't bother me... plus I am constantly washing my hands because that's what trained microbiologists do better than anyone else. As a result my nails are dehydrated and heavily ridged and I hesitate to moisturize until bedtime or I go out for a few hours so I am not getting any unwanted oils on to my yarn.

I use gloves for dishes, and cleaning anything and it's saved my hands, quite literally. Touching newspaper causes the skin to bubble up and itch, then it peels away in huge strips and hurts... a lot. I have to be very careful getting the mail because of junk mail circulars. I have to be careful of the yarn I use. And my best advice to you is to moisturize your hands after you get out of the tub or shower, while your hands are still damp from the water and warm enough that your pores are open. Skin So Soft by Avon and Vaseline's Hand and Nail lotion are my go to faves.

See, Mom? I am still using my education even though I no longer work in the field. I am NOT wasting my life.

Belphoebe 02-17-2010 10:26 PM

Someone once told me to use a really thick hand/body cream and wear cotton gloves to bed. Also, my Aunt Deb who is a horse woman one year for Christmas gave me a jar of hoof quencher. I kid you not, that stuff moisturized my hard calloused heels. Try your local farm store or vet. They may carry it. Definitely moisturize with whatever you can find. Hope you feel better soon!

Abby123 02-17-2010 10:57 PM

If lotions aren't doing the trick, you might want to try NewSkin. It is like rubber cement. You brush it on & it dries into a coating over the skin. Which gives the skin underneath a chance to heal. Don't use if you have an infection though.

dustinac 02-17-2010 11:14 PM

My fingers get so sore this time of year and I have such dry skin...I was told to drink more water, lotion, cool mist humidifier, not to get the water soo hot, gloves when washing dishes ...and neosporin for when they crack open.

This year I haven't had as much something in the mix is working. :teehee:

I will say the Neosporin really works on healing them quickly and making them less sore. :thumbsup:

Oh and to protect them when I go outside...I make sure the kids have their gloves on and even my husband...but I am so bad about putting them on myself....

stitchabit 02-17-2010 11:32 PM

Thank you to all of you. I am going to try everything- I am going to Bed & Bath or somewhere and get the gloves - I am going to probably use my vaseline intensive care lotion (it seems to help more than the others) and I am going to put them on after I take a shower and before I go to bed. I forgot that I have some newskin - i could use it during the day-it would definitely work better than bandaids to type with at work. This is one of those times where I have read or heard of these ideas but just needed to be reminded.
I am looking forward to spring and knitting without wincing in pain every stitch. Thanks!

stitchabit 02-17-2010 11:34 PM

I have been wearing gloves when I am outside. I will add the neosporin to my list too. Thank you !

AngelaR 02-18-2010 11:06 AM

I didn't know about the New Skin stuff. That could help me a lot when my cuticles crack open and I can't stand to touch anything. Granted, since I started the moisturizer routine it hasn't happened this year. I've read that it may take my fingernails years to fully recover. I'm a patient woman.

Kimbatigger 02-25-2010 11:30 AM

It just so happens that my finger split yesterday right along one of my fingerprint lines. Ouch! My usual intervention remedy is to lather up with vaseline and wear gloves, but lately I have been using Gold Bond Foot Cream for my feet, and it has been working wonders. So I put a dab of the stuff on my fingertip last night, held it in place with my thumb, and voila - this morning my finger feels about 98% better. Last nite it was extremely sensitive and sore and this morning I can scrape at the loose skin with my fingernail. You may want to try the foot cream. After all, if it works on my tough feet it should do wonders for hands.

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