Dry Cracked thumbs - a solution!!!

Dry Cracked thumbs - a solution!!!

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Nathan Laubach

Mahanoy Plane, PA

#1 Dec 4, 2006
I am posting because I have been suffering with dry, cracked, bleeding thumbs for the past 9 months. I tried everything...gloves in a bottle, 2 different steriod creams, i went to the dermatologist, diet modification and nothing seemed to help. i was diagnosed by 2 different doctors one said contact dermatitis, and the other said dishydrotic eczema. my thumbs hurt bad. out of desperation i inquired a friend of mine that deals alot with dietary supplementation. He put me on a mix of supplements and to my complete amazement, my thumbs are finally healing. within 1 week i began to notice the fissures closing up and the normal texture of skin becoming more noticible on my thumb pads. I was skeptical but my theory is that since i work with my hands a lot (a chiropractor) I was constantly damaging the skin tissue on the tips of my thumbs. My body must have been lacking the proper building blocks of nutrition to heal the repetitively damaged skin. I started taking the supplements and literally in less than 1 week my thumbs are healing. I am more than happy to share this information with anybody that is interested, [email protected]
Sherry

Piscataway, NJ

#2 Dec 11, 2006
Nathan,

I would be most interested in knowing what supplements worked for you. Despite a healthy diet, I have a problem with dry cracked and bleeding skin on my right hand thumb. I take supplements eratically, so haven't been able to determine which ones work.
Aline

Newton Highlands, MA

#3 Dec 29, 2006
Nathan: I am interested in which supplements fixed your thumbs. Mine become dry and cracked each fall. The skin dries and peels about every two days. It's annoying and painful. I take a lot of supplements but clearly not the right ones.
Christine

Gainesville, GA

#4 Feb 1, 2007
I would also be interested...I have a slight OCD that leads me to wash my hands more then normal and I am suffering...plus I have chickens and goats and my hands seem to be constantly wet in cold weather. I am currently using a product called new-skin that seals the cuts but it is very painful to apply. my email is [email protected]
jean

Marmora, NJ

#5 Feb 25, 2007
Please let me know what supplements have worked for you. Have had cracked open bleeding right thumb every winter for 15 years - heals during spring - it suddenly disappeared this winter when I took an antibiotic (for dental procedure) along with benadryl to prevent an allergic reaction. THEN, it reappeared on my left thumb for the first time ever!
Nathan Laubach wrote:
I am posting because I have been suffering with dry, cracked, bleeding thumbs for the past 9 months. I tried everything...gloves in a bottle, 2 different steriod creams, i went to the dermatologist, diet modification and nothing seemed to help. i was diagnosed by 2 different doctors one said contact dermatitis, and the other said dishydrotic eczema. my thumbs hurt bad. out of desperation i inquired a friend of mine that deals alot with dietary supplementation. He put me on a mix of supplements and to my complete amazement, my thumbs are finally healing. within 1 week i began to notice the fissures closing up and the normal texture of skin becoming more noticible on my thumb pads. I was skeptical but my theory is that since i work with my hands a lot (a chiropractor) I was constantly damaging the skin tissue on the tips of my thumbs. My body must have been lacking the proper building blocks of nutrition to heal the repetitively damaged skin. I started taking the supplements and literally in less than 1 week my thumbs are healing. I am more than happy to share this information with anybody that is interested, [email protected]
Ruth

Leesburg, VA

#6 Nov 11, 2007
Nathan please let me know what supplements you used. My thumbs, usually the right, but at this moment the left, are so sore that I can hardly use them and I am a pianist! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Nathan Laubach wrote:
I am posting because I have been suffering with dry, cracked, bleeding thumbs for the past 9 months. I tried everything...gloves in a bottle, 2 different steriod creams, i went to the dermatologist, diet modification and nothing seemed to help. i was diagnosed by 2 different doctors one said contact dermatitis, and the other said dishydrotic eczema. my thumbs hurt bad. out of desperation i inquired a friend of mine that deals alot with dietary supplementation. He put me on a mix of supplements and to my complete amazement, my thumbs are finally healing. within 1 week i began to notice the fissures closing up and the normal texture of skin becoming more noticible on my thumb pads. I was skeptical but my theory is that since i work with my hands a lot (a chiropractor) I was constantly damaging the skin tissue on the tips of my thumbs. My body must have been lacking the proper building blocks of nutrition to heal the repetitively damaged skin. I started taking the supplements and literally in less than 1 week my thumbs are healing. I am more than happy to share this information with anybody that is interested, [email protected]
David

Plymouth, UK

#7 Dec 20, 2007
Has Nathan replied to these requests? I also suffer from cracked thumbs each winter and am looking for a correction.
Betty

United States

#8 Dec 28, 2007
I have had deep, bleeding, extremely painful cracks on thumb tips for years, starting in October and lasting until January. This year the cracks also appeared on all fingertips and both thumbs. This is always worse from getting wet, and especially wet and cold. I suspect a nutritional deficiency or inability to use certain nutritional elements (possibly biotin) due to organophosphate insecticide damage to the liver. This problem started after exposure to Safrotin insecticide, which also caused severe environmental sensitivity, reaction to all petrochemicals, perfumes, varnishes, etc. I would be very interested in learning what helped you.
mark

Mamaroneck, NY

#9 Jan 3, 2008
I sometimes soak in warm water with Epsom salt before I add the cream or cortisone. The moisture seems to heal it faster
nancy

Mississauga, Canada

#10 Jan 13, 2008
I too suffer from bad skin cracks on both thumbs and right index finger. I also have very bad heel cracks. I have used a cream called 'black rock" which comes from Trinidad, and it seems to heel the cracks after a few days, but does not prevent them from coming back.
Henri

Palmdale, CA

#11 Feb 18, 2008
Have had dry cracked fingertips for years. Used bandaids and vaseline, but it just comes back. I read somewhere that essential fatty acids are key for skin health. So I am now trying Evening Primrose Oil. I suspect that citric acid (in Orange juice which I love) could be making things worse. How many here drink lots of acidic drinks?
Lisa

Makawao, HI

#12 Feb 22, 2008
I have been told that my dry cracked right thumb (right only no other fingers or thumb is affected) is due to stress. What can I do (besides avoid stressors) to help my thumb?
Rebecca

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Feb 26, 2008
I feel somewhat better seeing that lots of other people have this thumb complaint. Mine started after an allergic reaction to acrylic fingernails. The other fingers healed but not the thumbs. And the problem started a year ago. They literally break open and bleed at times. I've tried wearing cotton gloves around the house with heavy creams, vaseline, oils-- you name it. Then I wondered if it was some minor infection and soaked my thumbs in hot salty water. It cleared up--but came back My thumbs also look "deflated" and flat. Does anyone else have that? Is this all just the stress of modern society?
Dr_ G

Coatesville, PA

#14 Mar 7, 2008
OK folks, I dont know if Nathan did reply, but I am gonna guess at the supplementation. Remember skin heals from the inside out. Topical products aid healing, but mostly your skin is your largest organ and its health is directly connected to your intake of the proper nutrients. If i were to guess, Id say the biggie is OILS. Omega 3/6 ect. The best place for such nutrients is non-farm raised fish or products like codliver oil. Take a trip to your local chiropractor. Ask him/her if they specialize in nutrition. Also a ND would be a great find. Above Down
Lurker

UK

#15 Mar 27, 2008
Friar's balsam is the stuff for this, trust me. I suffered with cracked thumbs and fingers for years, so did the rest of my family. A drop of balsam (tincture of benzoin) on the cracks will stop the throbbing and heal them up in one or two applications. I have no idea why it works so well, but it's nothing short of miraculous.
columbus

United States

#16 Apr 5, 2008
I have heard that it is cause by a lack of vitamin B. But the best remedy I have found is to coat your thumbs heavily with Bag Balm ( Udder Ointment) and cover with gloves ( overnight while you sleep. The ointment softens the skin and has healing properites as well.
Nathan Laubach wrote:
I am posting because I have been suffering with dry, cracked, bleeding thumbs for the past 9 months. I tried everything...gloves in a bottle, 2 different steriod creams, i went to the dermatologist, diet modification and nothing seemed to help. i was diagnosed by 2 different doctors one said contact dermatitis, and the other said dishydrotic eczema. my thumbs hurt bad. out of desperation i inquired a friend of mine that deals alot with dietary supplementation. He put me on a mix of supplements and to my complete amazement, my thumbs are finally healing. within 1 week i began to notice the fissures closing up and the normal texture of skin becoming more noticible on my thumb pads. I was skeptical but my theory is that since i work with my hands a lot (a chiropractor) I was constantly damaging the skin tissue on the tips of my thumbs. My body must have been lacking the proper building blocks of nutrition to heal the repetitively damaged skin. I started taking the supplements and literally in less than 1 week my thumbs are healing. I am more than happy to share this information with anybody that is interested, [email protected]
Max

Omaha, NE

#17 Apr 17, 2008
Superglue works wonders!
frithmobiles

San Francisco, CA

#18 Oct 31, 2008
Because I work with my hands a lot making mobiles... my thumbs are always cracked, deep. TIP: I cut the fingers off of latex surgical gloves, and fill the ends with hydrocortisone ointment, this helps a lot. Or just wear the whole glove all day, it'll keep the moisture in.
Garth

Asheville, NC

#19 Nov 13, 2008
Nathan Laubach wrote:
I am posting because I have been suffering with dry, cracked, bleeding thumbs for the past 9 months. I tried everything...gloves in a bottle, 2 different steriod creams, i went to the dermatologist, diet modification and nothing seemed to help. i was diagnosed by 2 different doctors one said contact dermatitis, and the other said dishydrotic eczema. my thumbs hurt bad. out of desperation i inquired a friend of mine that deals alot with dietary supplementation. He put me on a mix of supplements and to my complete amazement, my thumbs are finally healing. within 1 week i began to notice the fissures closing up and the normal texture of skin becoming more noticible on my thumb pads. I was skeptical but my theory is that since i work with my hands a lot (a chiropractor) I was constantly damaging the skin tissue on the tips of my thumbs. My body must have been lacking the proper building blocks of nutrition to heal the repetitively damaged skin. I started taking the supplements and literally in less than 1 week my thumbs are healing. I am more than happy to share this information with anybody that is interested, [email protected]
I've had problems with both thumbs, index and middle fingers. Have RA, am jeweler, so difficult. If you would email me about your supplements...thanks!
Garth

Asheville, NC

#20 Nov 13, 2008
have cracks on both thumbs and several other fingers, have RA,am a jeweler...if anyone has suggestions...

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