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Dry cracked skin - comes and goes

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 2, 2007
  • 09:00 PM

Hi,

my mother who is in her 70s gets very dry cracked skin which is painful and makes it difficult for her to enjoy many things.

It comes and goes - there may be a period of 3 or more months when her skin is fine, then she starts getting small oval white patches (looks like dead skin) that start flaking and it gets worse over a few weeks to her joints when then start cracking.

She uses a variety of creams (E45 etc) which do not appear to work.

Now, I also had this over a two or three year period but now I never get it. I have had a great deal of stress since that time and it never caused it to come back. My mother has never been happier (apart from this complaint) - so I don't really see it as 'stress related'.

Can anyone suggest what the cause might be? I'd really love to help my mum as I know how painful it can be.

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  • Hi, my mother who is in her 70s gets very dry cracked skin which is painful and makes it difficult for her to enjoy many things. It comes and goes - there may be a period of 3 or more months when her skin is fine, then she starts getting small oval white patches (looks like dead skin) that start flaking and it gets worse over a few weeks to her joints when then start cracking. She uses a variety of creams (E45 etc) which do not appear to work. Now, I also had this over a two or three year period but now I never get it. I have had a great deal of stress since that time and it never caused it to come back. My mother has never been happier (apart from this complaint) - so I don't really see it as 'stress related'. Can anyone suggest what the cause might be? I'd really love to help my mum as I know how painful it can be.I have really dry skin that flakes and splits and have found that drinking 1 cup of carrot juice daily has helped more than prescription creams. Its healthy and won't hurt to try it. You should notice a difference within a week. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 02:48 PM
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  • Possibly thyroid disease related?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 03:06 PM
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  • Check out psoriasis. I have the same problem - on the bottoms of my feet and the skin on my fingers. Very painful!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 04:37 PM
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  • Thanks for your comments so far. More please!I have considered Thyroid and the carrot juice is certainly worth a go.Thanks again.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 11:27 PM
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  • This happened only in a past two years working in snowing time and spraying road salt. Also always I wore gloves .I have had these horrible cracking and peeling of the friction ridges of my fingers, it seems that working spraying salt to melt the snow is the cause of the irritating factor for this condition and getting worse trough the winter season. Without contact with road salt I don't have this problem. Inicitially, the area affected are my thumbs fingerprint and late all the bending areas and the middle will crack and peel at the underside of the first knuckle. It starts the skin dry and star to crack and peel out and form deep cuts that look like severe paper-cuts. They aren't always deep enough to be painful, but usually become worse after some time, becoming longer and deeper. I usually have 2 or 3 cuts like this on each thumb including inflammation the fingertips affected, makes it difficult for doing hard job. Since nothing seemed to relieve or cure it, I have been using bandage and antibiotic cream. This alleviates some of the pain until I need to use gloves to work. If I stopped contact the road salt and continued used hands cream the cuts begging wheeling.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2010
    • 06:05 PM
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  • The best way would be to rub the affected part with extra virgin olive oil daily at least 2x a day...hope it helps:D
    dale91 143 Replies Flag this Response
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