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O/T ? Fingertip cracks from winter work?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by re49, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. re49
    Joined: Jun 7, 2003
    Posts: 196


    I get cracked skin in the corner tip of my thumbnails that sends a pain that feels like it's from the same nerve as when you hit your thumb with a hammer. Not intense but sharp and annoying when doing bench work.

    Anybody have any remedies?? Used to use Bag Balm (joke if you want), but doesn't seem to work as good anymore.
  2. JimA
    Joined: Apr 1, 2001
    Posts: 4,796


    The brush on "nu-skin" products do wonders. Once you brush it on it's INSTANT relief! Once you block the air its all good! My dad sanded off his fingtips polishing his Halibrands and was in REALLY bad shape. I gave him that stuff and he was right back in business. Check it out.
  3. Haunted Ken
    Joined: May 22, 2005
    Posts: 186

    Haunted Ken

    I use superglue
  4. toilet paper and duct tape.
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  5. I get the same splits in the ends of all my fingers, as well as all the way down the insides of my fingers. It hurts. Especially when Brake cleaner is involved.

    I found putting vaseline, lotion, or neosporin all over the affected areas and putting on a latex glove over it so it can swim in the stuff you put on works. Put on alot. Wear the glove as long as possible. Even sleep with them on if you can.

    Also, protecting your hands from the cold, or chemicals in the first place will help too.
  6. Powerband
    Joined: Nov 10, 2004
    Posts: 542


    Thought it was just me , I have taken to wearing nitrile gloves with carbs and gas stuff but I was doin carpentry and lightly ran my fingers across a wall to wall carpet - tackless strip - under half my nails... now cracks are keeping me awake... lots of nerves in your fingertips I guess.
  7. Joe King
    Joined: Oct 8, 2004
    Posts: 993

    Joe King

    HA today my 86 year old neighbor was telling me about her father who owned a garage up on Greenwood ave in Seattle, and about how her dads fingers would crack in the winter do to the cold and chemicals, she said he made a lotion out of goose grease and kerosene
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,650


    I don't seem to get those problems sitting here at the computer, but I do when I'm out in the shop working on the cars.

    Usually when I lay off doing bodywork for a couple weeks they heal up.
  9. bulletproof1
    Joined: Feb 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,080

    from tulsa okla

    i started wearing the gloves at has really helped.after i get cleaned up i start with the hand lotion.keep applying until bed time.keep doing it every night until spring..
  10. hayesvillain
    Joined: Oct 25, 2006
    Posts: 3


    cornhuskers lotion works good
  11. Good Wood
    Joined: Apr 17, 2006
    Posts: 608

    Good Wood
    from pa

    I agree. I've tried everything over the years. Nu-Skin is the answer!
  12. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,650


    where do you get Nu-Skin?
  13. marq
    Joined: Aug 22, 2003
    Posts: 1,423


    Theres a special handcream by neutragena developed for norwegian fishermen the stuff is fantastic and will do the job real quick..............Paul
  14. enjenjo
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 2,488

    from swanton oh

    Zim's Crack Cream. Works in minutes.
  15. Bluto
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 5,114

    Member Emeritus

    You gotta a bowlin' alley near you?

    I think Wally mart might have it?
  16. Bag Balm....Crack Cream...

    Imagine what the fellow in line behind you is thinking when you ask the clerk for these items...:eek:

  17. Mad-Lad
    Joined: Jul 2, 2005
    Posts: 734

    from California

  18. Soak it in cider.

  19. skajaquada
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 1,642

    from SLC Utard

    for you guys interested in nu-skin, my girlfriend's sis in law works there (the corporate office is here in utah) and i should be able to get you discounts on the stuff...i'll give her a buzz tomorrow and find out for sure.
  20. hot rod wille
    Joined: Oct 27, 2005
    Posts: 695

    hot rod wille

    I get cracked skin in the corner tip of my thumbnails that sends a pain that feels like it's from the same nerve as when you hit your thumb with a hammer. Not intense but sharp and annoying when doing bench work.

    Anybody have any remedies?? Used to use Bag Balm (joke if you want), but doesn't seem to work as good anymore.

    A doctor friend of mine told me about Bag Balm---he told me to just COVER my hands in the stuff--like, completely---then have somebody put socks over your hands before you go to bed. Sounds gross---but I tried it and it worked great--did it for like 3 nights.Wash it off in the morning,then rub a little on your hands.
  21. ray
    Joined: Jun 25, 2001
    Posts: 3,757


    way deep in cider.
  22. A32Flathead
    Joined: Feb 16, 2004
    Posts: 9,498


    Neutrogena Hand Crean is what I've used now for several years, it ain't cheap, but "a little goes a long way" as it say's on the pack!

    Developed by Arctic Fisherman!! Works wonders.
  23. Fossil
    Joined: Jan 9, 2006
    Posts: 357


    I use the bag balm on chapped or irritated skin too...great stuff. On fingertip cracks (I've gotten them too) I just use Crazy Glue. I even told my Wife about it when she got a heel crack. Used it there too and it worked great.
  24. 53sled
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 5,820

    from KCMO

    Sooner lotion works better, especially in the 2nd half.
  25. MercMan1951
    Joined: Feb 24, 2003
    Posts: 2,654


    I second the Cornhusker's...there is also this stuff called "Udderly Smooth" was originally developed as a lotion for cow udders...supposed to be pretty good for people too. They sell it with the other lotions at drug stores.
  26. Deuce Rails
    Joined: Feb 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,016

    Deuce Rails

    Udderly smooth works great, and it's cheap.
  27. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,683

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Keep fingernails really short, cut every few days, and allow damn near NO length of nails at corners...for me, this seems to cut down on the callosities there that start cracks. I often have to open my pocket knife with a penny I keep the nails so short.
    Chapstick or the military equivalent fill in existing cracks and seem to sooth and aid healing; crazy glue will give you instant sealing and a hard surface when you have to keep working. The hand lotions that are sort of hard and waxy seem to work best. Supposedly cyanoacrilate glue was invented for combat first aid! Gotta research that...
  28. Fortyfordguy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2002
    Posts: 644


    I agree on the Neutragena stuff. Besides wearing gloves to protect against chemicals and other nasty stuff in the shop, I use the stuff in the winter time because it is so good keeping the skin from flaking and cracking. I used to get cracks that would bleed just from the skin getting cold and dry. I'm a believer in it. My wife picks it up in small tubes ($3 per I think but money well spent). Couple tubes last the winter. I only put it on the back sides of my hands, plus around the fingernails.

  29. Be proactive . Wear gloves whenever possible. Over the last several years its become a major topic in the shop safety arena. The solvents in the materials that are being used and handled remove the natural oils from your skin . Over time these oils are depleted and dont return to their normal levels . After many years in the business my hands will still peel from time to time from the chemical exposure, even though I'm not working in the shop as much. Talk to a dermatologist if you want the real scoop as to what the long term effect of the solvents really are and the hazards of solvent poisoning . The cracks in your skin make an entry point for this to occur. Almost as bad as drinking the stuff but you cant taste it.
    One other benefit for wearing gloves is that the wife or girlfriend will be more appreciative of that soft loving touch.
  30. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,346

    from Zoar, Ohio

    For the painful areas, I spray peroxide on the deep cracks for day and then smear an antibiotic ointment in the wound. Usually in one to two days they heal.

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