hand washing = sore hands, any good products available?

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I've just bought a new puppy and so I am always washing my hands, this has resulted in sore hands that have started to split and bleed - I went through exactly the same thing when I had my children and was always washing my hands.

I'm wondering seeing as I will be going into a profession whereby handwashing is v. frequent and v. important, is there any product that I can use to protect my hands and stop them from getting so sore?

Thanks :)

suzanne4, RN

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Try applying vaseline to them at night and either massage it in well or put little gloves on if worried about your linens. There is also a cuticle cream made by Orly that is wonderful on your hands. Used to use it all of the time when I worked NICU and my hands were normal by the time I got home. Used to keep a tub in the car, and put it on as soon as I climbed in.

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

Sally Hansen has an 18 hour hand cream that comes in an orange tube. That stuff's great.

I don't know about the brand names in your area, but Eucerin cream is good. You might ask a wound care nurse what do they recommend for macerated skin? You need a barrier of some sort to prevent infection. I have this problem too, and it gets worse if I smother my hands in gloves for too long. I had to use a steroid cream for a while because I was not vigilant enough in keeping the barrier on. Also, talk to the infection control nurse or nurses in surgery. They deal with this a lot.


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Thanks for all the replies.

I thought there was a product that coated the hand and actually took a few handwashes before it washed off, I took a pharmacy assistants course before I decided to go into nursing and the bloke promoting the product said that nurses used it as they had to wash their hands alot but for the life of me I can't remember what it was called, he described it like an invisable glove that protects the hands from water for a few washes.

Does wearing any kind of cream affect the gloves in any way? Just a thought.

Thanks again :)

suzanne4, RN

26,410 Posts

Many creams can cause problems with gloves so you need to be careful.

Johnson and Johnson as well as a few others make a protective barrier cream but if you have just cleaned up a puppy mess you are going to be scrubbing and the barrier cream won't help. with that.

I have worked OR for years and my above two rememdies have helped me for the past twenty years plus. I use what I know works!


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Thanks Suzanne

I'll give them a go :)

thought i'd put my bib in!

I'm a third-year student doing prac in theatre, and i've found that johnson + johnson make this really nice hand cream that compliments their 'microshield' hand washes.


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Specializes in Paed Ortho, PICU, CTICU, Paeds Retrieval.

Our occupational health department has started handing out tubs of aqueous cream to be used as a soap. The initial feedback is that handwashing has increased because no-one is getting sore anymore. Now, if they could only find something that makes getting up in the morning less painful.....!


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Bag Balm - used for cow udders and works like a charm for dry, chapped hands.

rub it in at night - little white cotton gloves....just like grandma :)


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I love using lanolell on my hands (lanolin) I find that if I use it an hs my hands are pretty much healed when I wake up

Gompers, BSN, RN

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Specializes in NICU.

I started using Aquaphor on my hands after we had good success with it in our NICU (works wonders on fragile preemie skin). I use tiny amounts at home during the day and larger amounts at night with cotton gloves or socks on my hands. It seems to heal all the tiny lacerations I get, especially on my knuckles, from frequent handwashing at work with surgical foam soap.

At work I don't use it (it's mainly petroleum jelly, so not so good with latex gloves) so instead I use any of those lotions that offer a protective barrier. One in particular I like - called something like Gloves in a Bottle.

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