HELP my dry hands!!!! - page 3

Tis the season...every fall and winter my hands get so dry they crack and bleed. I literally have blood visible under my gloves. I have tried ALL kinds of creams and lotions, I bought a parrafin... Read More

  1. by   deespoohbear
    I had a problem a couple of years ago with an ecezma I couldn't clear up. I ended up going to a dermatologist and he said part of the problems was the anti-bacterial soap I was washing my hands with at work. I can't do much about that, but I home I avoid the stuff like the plague. I only use anti-bacterial soap at home when I have a cut, or before and after handling raw meat. Otherwise, I use a bar of oatmeal soap that a friend of mine makes. It has all natural ingriedents in it. The suggestions of putting lotion on after every time you wash is a good suggestion. It is worth the effort. Plus, I really think you need to see a dermatologist. Hope something works for you soon. Good luck.
  2. by   CATHYW
    try cornhusker's lotion . i have had similar problems for years, and also have dry, flaky skin on my arms and legs that seemed not to respond to any kind of lotion. cornhusker's did it for me. i was able to find it at wal-mart (bottom shelf). it also works well on my husband's hands-he is outdoors a lot, and is always needing something to soften them.
    btw, our roll paper towels here are made directly from wood pulp-i swear i see splinters in the paper sometimes!
  3. by   fiestynurse
    I have always like Avon Moisture Therapy hand cream.

    http://www.justavon.com/moistherhanc.html
  4. by   sharann
    Bag Balm if you are not sensitive to it is great.

    You might smell like a sheep but your hands will hopefully get better. First go to employee health to document this.
    Good luck.
  5. by   OneChattyNurse
    Thanks again for all the GREAT advice...I really appreciate it!

    Shari
  6. by   tiger
    one more word. bag balm is cheap and soaks in to the skin so it doesn't wash off. i aso like aquaphor--prescribed for pts that have radiation therapy. more expensive and same results.
  7. by   micro
    have dealt with dry skin, especially hands all my life. long story, no exp. also skin grafts on fingers. what seems to work best for me this year is gold bond medication lotion. also rx strength steroid cream when it gets real bad. keeping tube of something with me during the work day. caking lotion(choice of the season) on at night. and endurance. this year, latex gloves do not seem to bother me. never dx with latex allergy, but i think the powder aggravated the situation. sometimes i switch and use vinyl gloves. and as much as i can without violating universal precautions and my own protection, i don't wear gloves. they seem to aggravate the situation.

    good luck, from another dry skin to point of pain sufferer

    micro
  8. by   Rita44
    I have had dry hands for years and so has my husband. Last year, we asked our doctor about it, and he prescribed Lac-Hydrin cream. This is the best stuff we have ever used. My husband is a meat cutter and his hands crack and bleed in the winter. This cream helps heal the cracks fast. Stings a little when you put it on, but by morning there is a noticable difference. Hope this helps.
  9. by   Marijke
    As an OR nurse I know the problem very well. This is what I do. I use The Bodyshop Shea bodybutter at night and at work after I scrub I apply some sterile Vaseline (we have little strips of Vaseline packing that work very well) after that I put on liners and then my gloves. The liners will protect the latex from being broken down by the Vaseline (that would work well with the bag balm I presume).
    I also try to get rid of calusses on my fingers as much as possible, since that is where my problems usually start(I use an emery board on them).
    Now if I do get cracks, I treat them by applying a Band-aid advanced healing dressing, they are like duoderm. Fairly pricy, but worth it I think, just cut them in half, so you will get better value.
    Good luck!
  10. by   disher
    I have allergic contact dermatitis on my hands and agree that you should not let your hands get to the point this winter where they are cracked and bleeding, its too risky for you. Before trying any new products on your sensitive skin go to a dermatoligist and have a patch test! I had a history of dry hands every winter then last winter, I developed itchy water blisters with open areas. The patch test was positive for an allergiy to Formeldhyde. Formeldehyde and its releasers are used to preserve soaps, shampoos, lotions, paper towels, laundry detergents, toner, vaccines... In order to prevent my hands from reacting while I do patient care, I wear white cotton gloves under sensicare gloves, I wash my hands with Aveeno soap, dry with a cloth towel. Its extra work for me to take these precautions, but considering what I could be exposing myself to if my hands react again its worth it.
  11. by   kids
    I used to have open sores year round on my hands. I did get it to clear up and have had it stay gone for 2 years.

    I wash with warm water and blot dry. I used a hand lotion with Vitamin E (what ever is cheap) and I only wear powder free vinyl gloves.

    Many products contain lanolin-while I am not truely allergic it did not help me any and made my hands burn like fire, products containing petrolium actully made it worse.

    Good luck
    -nancy
  12. by   Thunderkat
    I had dry cracked painful hands and I started using bag balm and it helped alot.... But then I found This product from of all things Mary kay.... it is silken hands..... It is a three step deal where you use a cleanser and a penetrating moisturiser and then a hand lotion and I will tell you it is wonderful, It turned my creepy rough hands into soft pretty hands.... I love it and i have it in a small tube size which I keep in my locker and I have shared it with the other nurses in my unit and they were impressed with the instant results.....I made a deal with my Mary Kay chick and she is making me little gift baskets of these so I can give them as Xmas presents..... Too Cool!! But anyway... try it you will be amazed...... I never get thrilled about anything but this stuff is totally worth it......
  13. by   OzNurse69
    Do you have BodyShop products in the US? The thing that works for me is their Hemp Lotion at night with cotton gloves. A tip though - don't use it before driving 'cos it is REALLY greasy and your hands will just slip on the steering wheel!! I used to suffer from quite bad contact dermatitis on my knuckles, but haven't had any problems at all since I've been following this regime every night.

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