How to get rid of dry, hard, fingertips?

How to get rid of dry, hard, fingertips?

Posted in the Eczema Forum

Ken A

Sleaford, UK

#1 Oct 25, 2008
I have suffered eczema ever since I can remember, and have noticed that more and more, my hands, especially my finger tips are very dry unless I apply any creams.

I work in Scotland, in the outdoors, as an instructor, and have found that the the environment has meant that my finger tips are particularly dry, and the skin being quite hard, and have a shiny look to them, caused by the dryness. I have noticed that when further south (slightly warmer, dryer, sunnier) it does improve quite a bit, but I can't do much about my location immediately!

One of my hobbies is to rock climb, but I find that I have far far less friction/moisture content in my fingertips than friends, and I'm sure this has quite a big impact upon my climbing.

I guess the closet comparison for the texture of my fingertips, would be polished wood, where as those of someone who is eczema free are much softer, and far more moist.

Does anyone have any suggestions for healing this, or what may cause it?
Randy Martin

Westlake, OH

#2 Jan 2, 2009
I have suffered from Fingertip Excema for ten years or more. Flareups happen once a summer, once a month in winter. Thought it was conneceted to playing the guitar, but it wasn't. Especially in winter, fingertip gets thick, sore, then peels. Sometimes it splits at the nail line, cracks, and bleeds. I now use Zim's Crack Creme 2x a day and have not had a flareup in a year. It's on the web and it works.
Ken A wrote:
I have suffered eczema ever since I can remember, and have noticed that more and more, my hands, especially my finger tips are very dry unless I apply any creams.
I work in Scotland, in the outdoors, as an instructor, and have found that the the environment has meant that my finger tips are particularly dry, and the skin being quite hard, and have a shiny look to them, caused by the dryness. I have noticed that when further south (slightly warmer, dryer, sunnier) it does improve quite a bit, but I can't do much about my location immediately!
One of my hobbies is to rock climb, but I find that I have far far less friction/moisture content in my fingertips than friends, and I'm sure this has quite a big impact upon my climbing.
I guess the closet comparison for the texture of my fingertips, would be polished wood, where as those of someone who is eczema free are much softer, and far more moist.
Does anyone have any suggestions for healing this, or what may cause it?
Rosemary

Wolverhampton, UK

#3 Jan 2, 2009
HI Ken
I've been doing a lot of research about eczema in the last few months and came across a recommendation for something called Bag Balm which you can buy in Walmart in the US. I live near London but got some sent over and it's really helped a couple of my clients who, like you work outdoors and get cracked hands. It is a thick ointment, developed in Vermont to protect cows' udders from cracking in the harsh winter and works like a treat! According to horsey friends, udder cream in the UK is similar but I've not investigated that yet. If you want to try some drop me an email and I'll send you up a sample pot from mine as postage from the US was more than the cream itself.
www.dry-skin-eczema-treatment.com
rosemary.cunningham@btopenworl d.com
dr maloac

San Bernardino, CA

#4 Mar 19, 2010
hey ken
all of what those people said were great but to really get to the problem, you need to take vitamins. you might have a deficiency of vitamin A which causes dry skin. so you can take supplements or eat more yellow and orange vegetables.
Kathy N

Portland, TX

#5 May 4, 2010
Hi Ken,
I'd see a physician. Have them check out your fingers. Do they ever get whitish, yellow, as though they've lost circulation, especially when they get cold? Ask the doctor to do an ANA (anti-nuclear antibody test).
Kathy
Diane Z

Fort Wayne, IN

#6 Jun 4, 2010
Kathy N wrote:
Hi Ken,
I'd see a physician. Have them check out your fingers. Do they ever get whitish, yellow, as though they've lost circulation, especially when they get cold? Ask the doctor to do an ANA (anti-nuclear antibody test).
Kathy
See a dermatologist. After 4 years of suffering with peeling, cracking and bleeding fingertips I've been cured!! I was prescribed Clobetasol Propionate Ointment USP, 0.05% and after 8 days my fingertips were fine.
Sandra Feldewerth

United States

#8 Feb 12, 2012
Both of my sons (10 & 8) are complaining of one fingertip hurting on one hand. There is a little swelling in the finger so it hurts when touched. Their hands look very similiar dry & a little wrinkly. Could this be eczema?
Katie

Lake Villa, IL

#9 Dec 1, 2012
Did anyone every find a solution to this?
Ken???
Did you?
Katie
Ken A wrote:
I have suffered eczema ever since I can remember, and have noticed that more and more, my hands, especially my finger tips are very dry unless I apply any creams.
I work in Scotland, in the outdoors, as an instructor, and have found that the the environment has meant that my finger tips are particularly dry, and the skin being quite hard, and have a shiny look to them, caused by the dryness. I have noticed that when further south (slightly warmer, dryer, sunnier) it does improve quite a bit, but I can't do much about my location immediately!
One of my hobbies is to rock climb, but I find that I have far far less friction/moisture content in my fingertips than friends, and I'm sure this has quite a big impact upon my climbing.
I guess the closet comparison for the texture of my fingertips, would be polished wood, where as those of someone who is eczema free are much softer, and far more moist.
Does anyone have any suggestions for healing this, or what may cause it?
Katie

Muskego, WI

#10 Oct 6, 2013
Ken A wrote:
I have suffered eczema ever since I can remember, and have noticed that more and more, my hands, especially my finger tips are very dry unless I apply any creams.
I work in Scotland, in the outdoors, as an instructor, and have found that the the environment has meant that my finger tips are particularly dry, and the skin being quite hard, and have a shiny look to them, caused by the dryness. I have noticed that when further south (slightly warmer, dryer, sunnier) it does improve quite a bit, but I can't do much about my location immediately!
One of my hobbies is to rock climb, but I find that I have far far less friction/moisture content in my fingertips than friends, and I'm sure this has quite a big impact upon my climbing.
I guess the closet comparison for the texture of my fingertips, would be polished wood, where as those of someone who is eczema free are much softer, and far more moist.
Does anyone have any suggestions for healing this, or what may cause it?
I found something that works: La Mer hand cream. It is expensive but what it has done for my fingertips is a miracle. I hope it keeps working. I have used it for about one week. My sister, who had the same issue, told me about La Mer. I bought it on amazon.com 1 oz tubes are a lot cheaper than buying it in a department store. Good luck.
Arny Swansson

Davao City, Philippines

#11 Oct 18, 2013
hi there! i have also been experiencing eczema as you do. i have been using sudocream and it has made wonders. my doctor has also advised me ,as much as possible to avoid detergents (powder and bars) and diswashing liquid especially lemon based (because of its citric acid) as these may all trigger eczema. I think you should never stressed yourself out as it is the number one factor that triggers eczema.

maybe you should also try this htt://www.eczemafreetips.com one as i have been using it for quite some time now. based on its product reviews also, it has resulted into high positive feedbacks. and i personally highly recommend it to those people who experience eczema like i do. by the way my eczema is located in my both hands. I hope this one helped you in anyway possible. Godbless.

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