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37, hand rash and cracking when temps drop below 60F

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 20, 2007
  • 06:06 PM

I am 37, and a couple years back I started having this problem. At first it seemed to only happen during winter, but now it seems to happen whenver the temps drop below 60F to 50F. Whenever the temps drop, I start getting a dry skin rash on the tops of my hands and fingers. If the temps dip for a few days then the rash begins to crack open (bleed sometimes) in various places (especially on my knuckles). In the beginning I could use basic lotion daily to fix it. Then as it got worse I had to start using hydrocortizone. Then that stopped working (and sometimes made it worse - burning feeling), so I started getting expensive non-fragrant anti-allergenic lotions / ointments. That works some, but I have to put it on several times a day when the rash is active (tempts stay low).

Is this just early old-age, or something I can treat and get rid of?

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  • More than likely this is caused by a decrease in vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced by the sun which is out less when the temperatures are cooler and is why we see this problem more then. A doctor can give you something for it. BTW I know this is bad but tanning in a tanning bed can help.
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  • I'll check it out. Thanks.
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