Dry Hands: 10 Remedies for dry hands



Rx for Dry, Sore Hands

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I have severe dry skin on my hands — the skin and cuticles crack. What are some possible remedies?

— Susan, Maine

Dry, cracked hands can be quite uncomfortable — they can also be painful, itchy, and unsightly. The cuticles around the nails can also be affected. Dry skin can be caused by a number of things, including environmental conditions, genetic disorders, and undiagnosed diseases. The most common factors that trigger dryness are:

  1. Low humidity (lack of moisture)
  2. Exposure to cold temperatures
  3. Exposure to caustic chemicals at home or work

Treatment involves avoiding trigger factors as well as using topical products on the hands that can relieve the dryness. Consider these tips:

  1. Avoid harsh soaps and detergents.
  2. Wash your hands only when necessary.
  3. Wear gloves to protect your hands from caustic chemicals in household or occupational activities, as well as outside in cold weather.
  4. Apply creams to hold in moisture, especially after washing your hands. Products with alpha hydroxy acids (such as glycolic acid), lactic acids, and beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid), and those that are urea-based, can be exceptionally beneficial. Eucerin Plus and AmLactin, in either cream or lotion form, are readily available and quite effective. If something stronger is required, your physician may prescribe products such as Keralac, Lactinol-E, or Carmol creams. However, there is a risk of irritation from these products. Products that provide a physical barrier on the skin, one example being Mimyx cream, may also be prescribed.
  5. A great technique at nighttime is to apply an alpha hydroxy acid cream or lotion followed by Vaseline and then put on white cotton gloves.





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Date: 06.12.2018, 14:58 / Views: 34575