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Dry, Cracked Hands

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newnurselearningtheropes specializes in Med Surg.

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jpicurn has 19 years experience and specializes in PICU, peds, nursing instructor.

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I will swear by (but probably can't spell it right) L'Occitane hand cream, it is pricey but worth it! I buy it on amazon every few months and keep it in my work bag. 

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hppygr8ful has 15 years experience and specializes in Psych, Addictions, Elder Care, L&D.

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If this is on-going I would suggest a trip to your PCP or a dermatologist. I was allergic to the hospital brand hand sanitizer which the dermatologist was able to diagnose then give me a note to use my own brand at my own cost.

Hppy

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vampiregirl has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice.

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Ugh. Dry cracked hands are the worst! And I too am not a fan of the infection risk (or being a biohazard risk with bleeding)!

In addition to the recommendations of the previous posters, I made the switch to non-antibacterial soaps with not a lot of fragrance in them throughout my home. This was another piece of the puzzle for me. 

I'm also careful with the hand sanitizers that I use outside of work (vehicle, purse etc). The alcohol content oddly enough doesn't seem to cause issues for me - it's the highly fragranced ones that I've noticed are more irritating to my hands. 

Good luck! 

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Undercat has 41 years experience as a BSN, MSN, CRNA and specializes in Retired.

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On 9/26/2019 at 6:10 PM, hppygr8ful said:

If this is on-going I would suggest a trip to your PCP or a dermatologist. I was allergic to the hospital brand hand sanitizer which the dermatologist was able to diagnose then give me a note to use my own brand at my own cost.

Hppy

Yes, this!  I found out through skin testing I was allergic to the dimethicone in almost ALL the moisturizers I was using and had to start researching labels closely.  I used to get bleeding cracks between my fingers and persisted in making it worst.  Try to use something with very few ingredients and then work your way up brands with more additives and see if they make it worst.

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No one has mentioned my favorite.  I use lotion to  prevent as much of the problem as possible but once the crack is there, I use Krazy Glue.  It comes in a small bottle with a brush like fingernail polish.  You can be very precise in it's application and it will be sealed for the remainder of your shift.  

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How about Avagard? It's a chlorhexidine-based lotion approved by the FDA as an alternative to the traditional surgical scrub. Latex-glove compatible, and has a persistent (up to 6hr)antimicrobial effect. 

Wash your hands at start of shift, before/after lunch, and when visibly soiled. All other times use the Avagard. Saved my skin (literally) in the OR!

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JabuJabule is a LPN and specializes in LTC.

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I'm still looking for recommendations as well, as a new nurse. 🙂

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DallasRN specializes in ICU/ER/Med-Surg/Case Management/Manageme.

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This probably won't be a well-received comment, but when you said "but I feel like I am constantly washing my hands because I see an open red split and fear there might be some blood and so then I rewash them and then the problem worsens"  it made me wonder if some of the issue might be related to a little OCD behavior.  Other than that, those that mentioned being allergic to the hand sanitizer may be on target.  My boss is seriously allergic to many of the hand soaps that have disinfectants in them.  She carries her own hand soap at all times.  Good luck!

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