Cracks/cuts on fingertips....your best remedy.

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Kathy NW Ohio, Mar 20, 2005.

  1. Kathy NW Ohio

    Kathy NW Ohio Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    191
    Joined:
    May 10, 2002
    What are your best remedies for cracks or cuts on fingertips? What do you do to heal the cuts? The person having this problem works on construction of houses. So far, he has tried the fingertip bandages, but it is not working. Any suggestions I could tell him ? Thanks for all replies.
     
  2. Colleen in WI

    Colleen in WI Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    151
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2002
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    My husband works on furnaces and air conditioners and gets cut a lot. He uses super glue to glue the cuts shut. He said to hold the cut shut after the bleeding stops and put a layer of glue on it. I was skeptical, but it really works. Just reapply the glue as needed.
     

  3. Jo in PA

    Jo in PA Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    540
    Joined:
    May 10, 2002
    When my hubby worked construction he had the same problem. He would wrap his fingers where they were cracking with a cloth tape, the type you would use for bandages. Make sure it is cloth as the plasic type wouldn't work. At night he would put cream on them. Then tape back up the next day to go to work. There is no way to keep them from cracking when you work with wood all day.
     
  4. Bob in WI

    Bob in WI Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    349
    Joined:
    May 10, 2002
    Location:
    Western WI
    I did concrete and masonry for years and my fingers got dry, they cracjed and bled all the time, especially at the inside of the joints.

    I guy I worked with told me about a product called, "No Crack", it really worked well to get rid of this problem. I am not sure of how far away from western Wisconsin this porduct is distrbuted,since it is made locally, but if you can get it buy it, it really works well.

    The glue idea seem interesting.
     
  5. crashy

    crashy chickaholic goddess

    Messages:
    2,740
    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Location:
    Vancouver,Washington
    Instead of super glue they have a first aid product out called 2nd skin. Us checkers used it a lot and now that I am not checking I love to use bag balm.
     
  6. boxwoods

    boxwoods Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    530
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2003
    Location:
    Central New York
    One of those wax thingies. soak hands and or feet in warm wax, let stand for a while and peel the wax. A few days of that and it will be healed.
     
  7. second_noah

    second_noah Local Yokel

    Messages:
    548
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Location:
    Nawth Carolinuh
    My Mom used to do work where her hands would dry out and crack, especially her fingers. She found that witch hazel worked well.
     
  8. EricG

    EricG Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    114
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2002
    Location:
    Mat-Su valley Alaska
    Bag balm helps keep your skin from cracking. Pretty amazing stuff.

    Real good on babies butts too.

    Eric
     
  9. Sioux Nation

    Sioux Nation Active Member

    Messages:
    28
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2005
    My BIL works in fiberglassing and uses chapstick on his hands and fingers. It works.
     
  10. Lois

    Lois Active Member

    Messages:
    40
    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Location:
    Arkansas
    The best thing I've found is a home remedy made from the cottonwood/poplar buds. You pick them in spring just before they open. I usually freeze them and work them up in the winter. I just crush them in some olive oil and let them soak a few days, then drain the oil and add it to a little melted beeswax. The beeswax makes the mixture become solid. So far as I know, it's the resin from the buds that are the active ingredient. I don't bother with exact measurement. However I make it, it works great. Hope this helps.
     
  11. jillianjiggs

    jillianjiggs Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    550
    Joined:
    May 13, 2003
    Superglue works to close the wound, but it stings!!! Doctors use it all the time to close small wounds that don't really need stitches, or in places that stitches might scar. It wears off in about a week. I use a prescription strength moisturizer on my hands and feet to help with cracking. It's nice and creamy, but not greasy like most strong moisturizers. It's got a natural exfoliant in it made from milk, and it helps slough off dead skin. Another good fix is a mix of olive oil and beeswax, made the thickness of a paste. He could also try applying lotion, and then wear cotton or hospital gloves around for awhile, and definately wear some type of lotion and glove when he can at work.
     
  12. JoyKelley

    JoyKelley Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    397
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2005
    Location:
    Florida
    bandaid brand makes a product specifically for this, it works really well if you follow the directions.
     
  13. longshadowfarms

    longshadowfarms Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,528
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2002
    Location:
    Alaska
    I really think this is trial and error. Everyone's skin is different and what works for one might not work for another. I tried bag balm on my hands for dryness and it seemed to make no difference at all. Glycerin though (Corn Husker's lotion) works like a charm! I use Corn Huskers AND Lubriderm every night to try to keep ahead of the dryness problem. Then when I get cracks (less often than it used to happen) I use the bag balm or neosporin overnight under a band aid to soften the skin, knock out the infection and help it to heal. The bandaid won't last during the day but 2-3 nights of treatment usually fix it for me and it is less painful during the day with the infection under control.
     
  14. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    24,572
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2004
    Location:
    MS
    Tea Tree Oil. My Daddy's fingers crack something terrible, especially now that he's been on chemo so long. I got him a bottle of tea tree oil and he's convinced it's the best stuff every. Makes those painful cracks heal up real quick.
     
  15. tallpines

    tallpines Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    9,283
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2003
    Location:
    A woods in Wisconsin
    "Carmex"
    $1.29 for the little jar with a yellow cover.
     
  16. pamintexas

    pamintexas Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    375
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2002
    Aloe vera works for me. Either the plant or the store-bought gel.
     
  17. momofmany

    momofmany Dayenu farms

    Messages:
    712
    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2005
    Location:
    colo-Dado! As my enthusiatic 4 yo calls it.
    Often times I find I have this problem when I drink lots of nice hot coffee in the cool winter. My skin gets dry when I am mildly dehydrated. Upping the amount of water seems to help from the 'inside out' so to speak.
     
  18. HilltopDaisy

    HilltopDaisy Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    3,891
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2003
    Location:
    New York
    Good old Chapstick works for me, put in in the cracks several times a day.
     
  19. Stickywitch

    Stickywitch Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    307
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2005
    Location:
    Sweeping over Salem
    Corn Huskers Lotion helps sooth my chapped palms from holding so tightly on the broomstick.
     
  20. Quint

    Quint Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,510
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2004
    To prevent it I use whatever is around, bag balm, corn huskers, zim's crack cream, generic glycerin, etc. For the cracks I use good old cyanoacrylate superglue. Burns and stings pretty good but it does hold a cut or crack closed pretty well. Be advised though, the common super glue is not the medically approved stuff. There are some differences. I wouldn't use standard superglue for heart surgery but for fixing annoying cuts and splits on fingers it works great.