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The index fingers on both my hands have been very dry, red and sore the past few weeks. I've been moisturising them loads each day but it hasn't helped. I've started putting hydrocoirtosone (sp?) on them (stolen borrowed from ds...ahem...), the rash/red part seems better but the cracked bits are still open and very sore on one hand. Any suggestions on what I can do? Seems a bit over the top to go to the doctors about it. Thanks.
I had that, and didn't have it down as eczema at all (because I have it and it didn't look the same!). But mentioned it to the doctor one day in passing, who said, oh but that's what it is, eczema. So I am now on the next steroid cream up from hydrocortisone and it has completely gone.
Aloe Vera gel direct from the plant. I've just put some on my cracked skin and literally minutes later it is smooth.I advocate it for all skin related problems and its so safe it can reputedly be used on open wounds.
I had this once and rubbed coarse salt and olive oil in for two minutes, washed off and they were soft and good as new. Worth a try. Wasn't eczema though, I think it was contact dermatitus, had a cut and got soap powder in.
yy thisisyesterday, I do get it often too and I am a serial hand washer but this time it is particularly sore and persistant. I'm going to try the aloe plant as I have one then move onto other suggestions! Thanks all.
Thanks everyone. I've been to the Dr this morning (I tried leaving aloe on over night - covered with plaster but it didn't make any difference apart from feeling lush when I put it on!) The doctor said it was fissure eczema (or something like that, he talks VERY fast) which he said is very painful (yay, I'm not a wimp!) and has given me some cream that I have to put on with polythene over it <clingfilm hands - sexy> for a few nights as well as moisturising A LOT. I'm going to save this thread though, lots of great ideas for the ordinary dry/chapped hands I usually have.
Another great idea here castor oil: it heals and totally helps every dry skin condition known to man including eczema, it's natural and the cosmetic manuf. don't want us to know about it 'cos it's so cheap!
Word of warning though, Nutrogena doesn't work for everyone. It's taken me ages to discover that ointments don't work for me at all, only creams, which I am guessing is an allergy to something or other. The only thing you can do is try everything and see what does the trick for you and your skin.
Be careful with Dermovate - it's a steroid cream, good for short-term relief of severe symptoms. My problem is slackness - I should put my non-steroid cream / vaseline / whatever on far more often than I do. If I did, I don't think I'd have to resort to steroids much. (Not a comment on your skincare routine Captain, I'm sure you are far more vigilant than I!)
LOL! Thanks, I do moisturise my hands morning and night, it's the only part of me that is properly looked after but I should have sorted this out a bit sooner I think before needing steroids <muppet>. Hopefully I'll only need to be wrapped up like slabofmeat an eejit for a couple of nights.