My Poor Hands have been Washed Raw - page 2

Help! At this point it hurts to put soap on them. I just used some heavy duty Eucerin cream. What do you do during the day? Like I have time to lotion, y'know? Ouch. :(... Read More

  1. by   Seattle74
    sounds crazy but I use super glue to the tips of my hands. It works and was suggested to me by another nurse. It seals the cracks so I can keep washing and type at work, etc.... Just be careful to not touch anything til it is completely dry and use just a tiny bit to each crack. It was a miracle for me-
  2. by   dria
    i used to swear by paraffin wax dips...warm and soothing at the end of a long day and re-hydrated my parched skin
    ditto the thoughts on lotions throughout the day...i used some swedish product 2-3 x/day and that really helped...the name escapes me presently...
  3. by   Patient_Care_Asst
    Education is your friend.

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...109352512/pg_1

    Hope that helps.
  4. by   RN mom of 2
    sorry, i misspelled the name of the lotion in my other post. here's a link:

    http://www.dreamtimebaby.com/stmocrbymu.html


  5. by   Indy
    Ditto on the A&D ointment. That stuff may smell funny but it sure is nice on the skin. So far it's the only thing I've found that has no drying agents in it whatsoever. Second up for me would be Palmer's Shea Butter - it's advertised as a concentrated cream and boy is it thick. I use A&D at home before work, one to two times a week, and palmer's at work.

    The alcohol hand gels are nasty; I've made a point to just get really fond of the sink lately and skip the alcohol, and it's helped my hands a lot. Also completely removing my rings at the start of shift (or leaving them at home) helped the ring-area dermatitis go away. We use nitrile gloves already, they're the green things embedded with aloe.
  6. by   prmenrs
    I swear, after all these years I have asbestos hands! When they are dry, I hate putting anything w/petroleum on them--it stings. Same for most of the hand creams. I'll do it, but it does hurt. The Vaseline Cream stuff is not too bad. Also, Avon moisture therapy extra strength cream.

    Sometimes, you need more fluid going into your body, too. Try to drink more water, and take your vitamins, including the Fish Oil stuff. I think it does help!
  7. by   MedSurgeNewbie
    I know this may sound goofy - but when I started one of my preceptor RN's gave me a trick - She told me to make sure I dry my hands really well after washings, that not getting them dried off it what was chapping my hands -and it worked - now I get them really dry and helps - Hope all theese tips help its so miserable to have sore hands
  8. by   mamunsey
    I know the feeling, it seems to have gotten better here lately, but maybe the worse has not occured yet!! I like the Avon silicone glove lotion, you can apply it before work and it will stay on through 5-6 handwashings, and I also like the Goldbond lotion and I put Aquaphor or plain vaseline on my hands at night then sleep in cotton gloves, it really helps.
  9. by   RRTM2
    one shift with 5 ventilators is 60 hand washings just for vent checks and treatments... plus re-taping, transports and whatever else comes up. my hands are raw after a few days.

    thanks very much for the suggestions!
  10. by   nurz2be
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Help! At this point it hurts to put soap on them. I just used some heavy duty Eucerin cream.

    What do you do during the day? Like I have time to lotion, y'know?

    Ouch.

    There are 2 lotions I can personally recommend. The first might shock you a little. I grew up around farm animals, my grandparents had jersey milking cows. They were milked 2-3 times a day. Their teets would crack from the machines that were used for the milking. There is a product, that actually sells for human use, it is FANTASTIC, I swear by it, called Udderly Smooth. The website is www.udderlysmooth.com Our family used it for years on the cows. I use it now on my hands as a nursing student.

    A preceptor in our rotations swears by some lotion called Gloves in a Bottle, I used it a few times and it actually kept my hands from getting to the cracking stage, I have fierce issues with latex and powdered gloves.

    So prevention use the second, restoration, use the first.
  11. by   Keepstanding
    After many years of cracking and bleeding hands, I was given this tip from another All Nurses poster.....Neutrogena Swedish Formula hand lotion.
    It's the BEST ! A little dab will do you too. Try it, you won't be sorry. Target, WalMart, KMart all sell it.


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    Praiser
  12. by   catlynLPN
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Help! At this point it hurts to put soap on them. I just used some heavy duty Eucerin cream.

    What do you do during the day? Like I have time to lotion, y'know?

    Ouch.


    Many years ago I had some kind of allergic reaction to some soap.
    My hands looked like raw meat. They were so sore and tender.
    I went to a dermatologist and he gave me an RX for an ointment.
    I'm not going to give you the name of the ointment as that's giving too much medical advice, but my own personal advice is go see a dermatologist.

    Latex gloves now give me a bit of trouble but they finally went to all vinyl gloves on my job, so it's better now.
  13. by   SuesquatchRN
    Thanks, all, for the suggestions!

    I can probably find Avon glove-compatible stuff easily.

    Oh, and the gloves are nitrile.

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