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Burning, Cracked Hands

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  • Posted By: lucky4wssc
  • January 15, 2007
  • 10:13 AM

My skin around my knuckles, especially the ones where my fingers meet my hand, are red and cracked. But it almost looks like it is cracked under the skin? They feel dry (they burn) but I put on lotion every five minutes and it doesn't seem to make a difference. This is especially on my thumb knuckle, too. What's up?

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  • I have thyroid problems and all winter long get cracks on my fingers...I found a bit of A & D ointment and a bandaid helps them heal very quickly!! It has fish oils that really heal!! The reddness you are describing sounds like you maybe allergic to something in the lotion you are using. Many skin lotions are nothing more than lab chemicals, perfumes and dyes..I always got inflamed after using a certian company's lotions at top dollar no less. The more you use it the more burning and red it will get! I had this years ago and was told it was exzema. I was given a special cream and several tubes later it was gone. I haven't had it back in more than 20yrs. But still don't use all the lotions. Your dish detergent and soaps can be a factor in this too. You might want to see the dermatologist and find out exactly what you are dealing with. Good Luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2007
    • 01:51 PM
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  • Thanks a lot! That was very helpful information. :)
    lucky4wssc 1 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 07:25 AM
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  • You may also have a fungal infection, kind of like athlete's foot on your hands. There are a lot of over the counter fungus creams, try that if the A&D doesn't help. The fungus creams will sting and burn when you put them on, but you may have to bear it to get any real relief in the end.
    NurseCJT 25 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 08:49 AM
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  • My husband is a carpenter and plumber and his hands get cracked all of the time. I bought him this salve and within a few days he was all soft again:) http://www.simpledefeat.citymaker.com/catalog/item/3812014/3465421.htm This was recommended by a friend and IT WORKS great for cracked skin.
    1naturegirl 3 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 04:30 AM
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  • You may also have a fungal infection, kind of like athlete's foot on your hands. There are a lot of over the counter fungus creams, try that if the A&D doesn't help. The fungus creams will sting and burn when you put them on, but you may have to bear it to get any real relief in the end. Doesn't A&D have like a vaseline coating? I heard this can trap in moisture which I don't think would be good for a fungal rash? Not sure, just throwing out my 2 cents for what it's worth.
    1naturegirl 3 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 04:31 AM
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  • A& D ointment has vitamins A & D, lanolin, and fish oil in it and a bit of vaseoline substance, to repell moisture. It has cured diaper rash for years. {Straight vasoline is all petrolium and not good for people!} I was responding to the dry skin cracks and what has worked for me. Mostly natural ings, unlike lab lotions and chemicals. I don't know if it would cause more problems if a fungus was involved, as the next poster has written. There is always the dermatoligist, if tips here don't help.Only a doctor knows for sure if theres a fungus. A product called "Bag Balm" works wonders too, it was made for cow udders, that got chapped and raw after being milked with machines, but the famers found it helped thier raw chapped hands too. It has lanolin in it too. Both Bag Balm & A&D heal and prevent infections.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
    • 02:30 AM
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