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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:55:23 PM
It's very dry and cold here and my hands get very chapped. I cook a lot too so I'm always washing my hands or dishes. The tips of two of my fingers have split open and it hurts! Every time I use them, they split open again
I've been generously covering them with Aquaphor and wrapping them in band aids. They aren't quite as sore as they were but it seems like they're taking a long time to heal. Does anyone have a quick cure? My fingers would thank you


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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:57:04 PM
We use what my grampa used to call "cow salve." Watkins brand carboxylated salve.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:58:14 PM
Rubber gloves....they have saved my hands!! I don't wear them when cooking but for all the cleanup and household work, they are very helpful.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:01:23 PM
Super Glue, applied very carefully into the cracks. I use it on my fingers whenever they split. It's the same kind of glue they occasionally use in ER's and surgery to close wounds.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:04:36 PM
Ouch! My cuticles have been splitting but not my fingertips. That sounds worse!



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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:13:16 PM
Put antibiotic ointment on your hands and finger tips every night before you go to bed. It will never happen again. At least for me...

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:17:25 PM
I use superglue also, there is a bandaid brand of superglue for cracked fingertips but I've found regular superglue works just as good.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:25:17 PM
The only way my fingertip is in one piece is because of Liquid Band Aid. Stings like a bitch, works like a charm ... i too, get dry cracked hands.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:27:57 PM
My thumb on my right hand is split at the corner of the nail. Hurts like a mother! I'd heard that about superglue, but never tried it. I may just have to give it a go! Thanks for the tip!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:33:54 PM
My husband swears by super glue. He found some in a s all bottle that is easier to apply.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:34:24 PM
I find this happens less if I let my fingernails get a bit longer. But if I am stressing and biting them down to nubs, my fingertips split more.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:39:45 PM
Superglue is great for small cuts, but for wider splits, it won't work as well.

DH works outside, at night (and used to be in Chicago where the cold really did a number on his hands). He swears by Working Hands cream.



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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:46:00 PM
I don't but my dh does. I bought him the O'keeff's working hands cream and within 2 days the splits were gone, and have not come back, and it is really cold and dry here too. Good luck, I know how bad they hurt, from how my dh complained.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:47:35 PM
Ouch, I hate when this happens. I agree that liquid band-aide will help a lot. It does sting, but within a few days the split will start to heal. You will have to reapply it a few times. If I have to wash dishes by hand I try to remember to wear rubber gloves. I hate wearing them but it is necessary this time of year.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:50:14 PM
Yes, my thumb is split right now. I use antibiotic cream on it if it splits open so it will heal faster. Last fall I ordered Argan Oil and my hands are much better this year.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:56:35 PM
Thanks, I'll have to try some of these. I have to keep my nails short though for sanitary reasons when I cook.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 2:26:13 PM
I was also going to suggest superglue. You can use it on your feet too in the summer if your heels crack.
And I use a cuticle oil everyday. A little bottle goes a long way. Got mine from a beauty supply place but I bet you could find them with the nail polish. It has a nail polish like applicator in the lid. I brush it across my cuticle then rub it into the skin the surrounds my nails as well as rubbing it over my nails. I use it almost daily and it has really helped.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 2:33:11 PM
Both of my thumb tips are split right now. I do medical transcription so..... I use liquid bandaid and it works great!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 5:45:21 PM
Try sovereign silver or colloidal silver.
You can pick it up at any health food or vitamin type store. Amazon on carries it too with prime shipping

It's antifungal, antibacterial, soothes the pain and will heal your finger tips practically overnight.

I almost sliced the tip of my thumb off last weekend making dinner.

I washed it, put a drop of sovereign silver and a bandaid on it.eft it for 24 hours and it was completely healed when I removed the bandaid.

I use it in everything. Including finger and heal cracks.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 5:49:36 PM
My dh has a skin condition that causes the skin on his hands and feet to get really thick and crack. He has it a lot worse in the winter, due to the dry, cold air. Here's a picture of his hand (in the summer-so for him, this is a baby-soft hand-the cracking is all over his hands in the winter) next to mine.

And a closeup:

So anyway, for him, the only thing that really works is Raleigh or Watkins Petro Carbo salve. Even it doesn't stop the cracking but it helps with the pain.

I hate that he has to deal with this but he is the best back-scratcher ever. Especially in the winter.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:30:29 PM
I get them in the winter, too. this works for me:
poke a hole with a pin in an Vit A capsule and squeeze the insides into the crack. Do this several times a day until it heals. Usually better or closed within 24 hrs. The more often I do it, the quicker it heals.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:36:23 PM
Yes and I also use super glue. It's so painful isn't it?


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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:40:01 PM
Coconut oil


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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:20:01 PM
Try Kheils. It's sold at Neimans and Nordstroms and is the best stuff ever. Dh gets really dry cracked fingertips and this is the only thing that works. It's pricey but it lasts forever.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:35:37 PM
I use the New Skin that one of the posters above posted a pic of. You have to get it right down in the cracks, though, and it does sting. But it seals the outside so the crack heals from the inside. Super glue basically does the same thing, and just so you know, a dermatologist actually recommended super glue to me one time. He said he couldn't "officially" recommend it because it is so easy to get it where you don't want it, but he said it works the same way as the liquid band aid.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:39:00 PM
I've tried the liquid band-aid stuff, but super glue works better--and stays on longer.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:30:53 PM

The only way my fingertip is in one piece is because of Liquid Band Aid. Stings like a bitch, works like a charm ... i too, get dry cracked hands.

Also sometimes I will use an emery board to "sand" away the dry skin around the split. This seems to soften it up so that the dry skin doesn't open it up so much. Makes it hurt less. Then do the above...



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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:29:25 PM
Okay, so my Gran's always had her hands in dirt since she loved flowers and her entire yard was a flower bed. Thing is, she used Corn Huskers Lotion, and her hands were so soft you would never have known! Here is a review: Corn Huskers Lotion review

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Posted: 1/31/2013 12:21:43 AM
I have so many splits on my fingers and hands. So painful and difficult to heal. Will read through this thread and see if I get any new ideas. Nothing seems to work very well.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 12:43:48 AM
Gale...your poor DH! That looks painful!

I didn't see Bagbalm mentioned. Works quite well on my cracked heels!

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Posted: 1/31/2013 12:37:33 PM
My fingers split a lot too & it is very painful. The only thing that ever helps me is Working Hands. It comes in a green plastic container for about $5 or $6. You can find it at Rite Aid pharmacy but I get mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Please give it a try it will be a miracle for your hands
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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:06:51 PM

Gale...your poor DH! That looks painful!
It's nothing compared to how it is today. He had to cut wood and now has a big split right across his palm plus a couple of fingers. He's coated his entire hand (both of them) in watkins salve and put plastic gloves on.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:11:52 PM

I hate that he has to deal with this but he is the best back-scratcher ever. Especially in the winter.

OMG...that poor man.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:13:00 PM
I have had this happen recently and what I do that works for me is to apply hand lotion every night to my hands when I get into bed for the night. I apply liberally and especially over the split area. If I forget, even for a night or two, it seems that I am more prone to get splits again or very dry hands. I keep it right by my bedside.

At nighttime, I have been using, "Vaseline petroleum jelly cream deep moisture creamy formula". It is 4.5 oz, blue and white tube. During the day, they have a smaller, pink tube especially for hands and nails that is not super greasy and I apply as needed throught the day.

Within two night of using these products, my splits healed up and if I keep using them, my hands do not dry out so much.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:19:27 PM
Super glue and glue the skin crack closed! And then I use Nivea Moisture hand cream. Its thick like Crisco. And it really soothes dry hands. Not greasy.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:37:57 PM
I haven't found a way to totally prevent them but when I get them I put antibiotic cream on them and cover them with a bandaid every night. That seems to help them heal more quickly. It does help to use the cuticle oil and a really good hand cream as well.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 7:34:58 PM
My dermatologist gave me a recipe for hand cream to combat the splitting and dry fingers. It's cortaid (or generic cortizone cream) and vaseline. I have problems with fragrance, so a lot of hand creams make things worse for me.

Here's the recipe:
5 oz cortaid
1 oz vaseline (2 Tbsp)

Mix well.

You can use this every day, all day long, without any side effects of the cortisone making your skin thinner like some of the other prescription creams. I've used it for over 15 years.

And use gloves!!! You already know for when you wash dishes, but also if you chop a lot of vegetables. Your fingers may be splitting due to a reaction to onions, bell peppers, or celery. I keep a pack of latex-free gloves for whenever I chop food. It's a pain, but my fingers have done well since I started using them.
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