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Hi mamas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br><br>
I'm a new lurker here, just found MDC a couple of weeks ago.<br><br>
I'm not very familiar with natural healing, but I'm running out of ideas for my poor hands, and thought you may have some suggestions.<br><br>
The skin on my knuckles (both hands) is severely dry. It has now escalated to the point of cracking and bleeding. There are about a dozen tiny cuts/abrasions that bleed on and off. The skin is extremely itchy! Between my scratching, and the constant movement of my hands, I think the skin just never gets a chance to heal.<br><br>
Family doc prescribed cortisone cream, but it doesn't seem to be helping. I've tried every hand cream I can think of, nothing helps.<br><br>
Any ideas for a) healing the cuts, and b) healing the dry skin?<br><br>
Essential oils, salves, etc? Anything?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/thanks.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thanks"><br><br>
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Hello, and welcome...<br><br>
I, too, have this exact same issue. As soon as the cold weather hits, my hands get horrible. I have tried many things including organic coconut oil and vitamin e oil straight from the capsule, but what has worked best for me is organic aloe mixed with silver spray. I apply it before bed and it helps the cuts and the dry skin. I usually put band-aids on any cuts and leave the dry skin patches uncovered.<br><br>
It totally sucks because sometimes aside from looking horrible, it hurts. And with all of the dishwashing, laundry, and hand washing I do during the day... it's like it never has a chance to heal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I'm counting the days until spring.<br><br>
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I know it's petroleum, but I had to resort to vaseline and cotton gloves at night.<br><br>
I do all household stuff that my hands get wet during with latex gloves and that's saving them a ton.
 

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First and foremost: Avoid washing your hands as much as possible. You might even try washing with just Cetaphil and no water until they get under control. Use gloves for household chores or ask that someone else does the dishes.<br><br>
And I second Synthea's suggestion of petroleum--I know a lot of mamas around here try to avoid it, but nothing helps my hands like Aquaphor.
 

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Unrefined shea butter
 

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My hands used to do this in the winter when I was a bartender (lots of dishwashing all night long).<br>
They would crack and bleed and be very painful.<br><br>
My dermatologist gave me Aquaphor, it's basically kicked up Petroleum Jelly but it did magic.<br><br>
I try to avoid the stuff more so now, but would use it again in a heartbeat if my hands were like that again.<br><br>
Now, I use a lot of unrefined shea butter as well as coconut oil, so I would more than likely start with one of those again before moving to the Aquaphor, but I would go to the Aquaphor again in a heartbeat as well.<br><br>
Good luck
 

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Thanks everyone for the replies!<br><br>
Yeah, it's such an unfortunate side-effect of being home with a child all day - the constant handwashing is inevitable! That combined with my very dry climate makes for very unhappy hands <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Anyway, thanks for the suggestions, I'm glad to have a few options to try out.
 

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I use lanolin mixed with a little bit of another oil to make it less sticky.
 

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I use olive oil. It sounds greasy but when your skin is really dry, it soaks in very fast.<br><br>
ETA: I also got one of the Burt's Bees Healthy Hands kit and really like the hand repair cream.
 
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