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Split skin on hands and fingers

Postby Guest Posts on Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:08 am

I suffer from dry skin on my hands and fingers and also split skin on my hands and fingers which seems never ending. I have been prescribed Diprobase cream emollient and I also use O’Keeffe’s working hands hand cream. I wear cotton gloves and/or nitrile gloves almost all the time yet these measures do not prevent split skin and dryness on my hands and in between my fingers.

My question is - are there any other measures I can take to prevent these very bad split fingers and hands which is very painful until they heal over, I would add that I also suffer from bad Raynaud's Syndrome to my hands which is an aggravating factor.

Thank you, Brian
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Re: Split skin on hands and fingers

Postby Dr Anton Alexandroff on Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:54 pm

Dear Brian,

Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear about your skin problem!

It sounds like you have dermatitis. Ask you dermatologist or GP to prescribe you steroid ointment such as Betnovate ointment.

I hope this is helpful.
With Best Wishes,

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Re: Split skin on hands and fingers

Postby Old and Tired on Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:30 pm

Dear Dr Alexandroff

Thank you for your advice. I have made an appointment to see my GP to discuss my problem and to ask him to prescribe Betnovate ointment or another suitable steroid ointment.

Kind regards.

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