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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted November 22, 2004 20:36      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So I've got horrendously dry skin. Not something I'd ordinarily complain about, but this evening the back of my right hand started bleeding for no apparent reason. I've been slathering my hands in jojoba butter since the cold weather set in around Halloween, but obviously that's not working. I do wash my hands fairly frequently at work, which doesn't help but can't be avoided. You geeks got any recommendations?

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Icon 1 posted November 22, 2004 21:12      Profile for sosumi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Silicone glove hand cream works well for me. It lasts through several washings. You can get from it on Amazon.com

Also, having a humidifier running at home during the cold months cuts down on having dry skin, plus it helps keep sore throats and stuffy noses away . [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2004 01:44      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
There is some stuff that I've heard praised highly, but I can't remember what it is called. It is a letter and two digits- like p45 or m28. Anyway, it's apparantly quite good. I think it may be called norwegian formula as well.
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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2004 01:54      Profile for Allan     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
There is some stuff that I've heard praised highly, but I can't remember what it is called. It is a letter and two digits- like p45 or m28. Anyway, it's apparantly quite good. I think it may be called norwegian formula as well.

Possibly E45?

P45 is the form you get in the UK from your employer when you get paid off.

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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2004 02:47      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That's the stuff. It's not easy to google for something like that. Anyway, my friend tells me it's great, industrial strength moisturising. Personally, I'm greasy enough, if not too greasy without adding any product.
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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2004 03:20      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Norwegian formula is different stuff from E45, which is a barrier cream which is mostly used for nappy rash on babies etc.

I highly recommend Norwegian formula

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E45 is a simple aqueous cream AFAIK,

Norwegian formula is as Cal pointed out a protective barrier treatment alledgedly developed for Norwegian trawlermen (hence the name) and designed to protect against harsh north Atlantic conditions...

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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2004 04:27      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I can't swear it's true, but I've heard petroleum jelly is the best.

On the other hand (no pun intended), you may want to see a dermatologist. It could be something more than just dry skin, and thus, requires more than hand cream.

Edit: And I second the silicon thing. Silicon is known not only to protect but to help skin regeneration.

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Hey X,

Do you have to wear latex gloves a large part of the day? If so, try to switch over to the nitrile(?) gloves.

I worked at a shop where I had wear gloves to avoid contaminating metals. And it dried out my skin like that. I never found a lotion to help. I got a hold of those nitrile gloves and almost all of the problems were gone.

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Shroom,
Seeing as she's allergic to latex, I'd think not [Razz] .

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Shroom,
Seeing as she's allergic to latex, I'd think not [Razz] .

Damn! Bummer. Thanks God that's not me. [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Shroom,
Seeing as she's allergic to latex, I'd think not [Razz] .

Damn! Bummer. Thanks God that's not me. [Razz]
I thought you just use the sheep skin ones.

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I was talking about my 'life-partner' - Blow-up Betty.

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Hey, there's an idea.

"csk has a latex allergy, and a ruined love life. To help him get back on his feet, he needs your help. But a realdoll is expensive, costing way more money than he can afford. Remember, you can't fix all his problems, but you can make a difference. So please, give generously"*

* Some of the above statements are not true. csk will not be held responsible for consequences of looking up what realdolls are at work. Financial donations will still be accepted, though [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2004 07:33      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I developed a latex sensitivity in college Shroom, right around the same time as the rest of my lab. It was weird. It's not too serious, but if I wear latex gloves for more than ten or fifteen minutes my hands break out. So I use some sort of vinyl (nitriles are beyond my lab's budget). They might be contributing, but there's not much I can do in that regard. When the NIH money starts coming in, maybe then I can get some decent gloves...

The Norwegian formula stuff is going to be easier to get my paws on than the silicon, so I'll try that first.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
The Norwegian formula stuff is going to be easier to get my paws on ...

I wanted to buy some once... but I couldn't afjord it. [Frown]

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When I do the odd shift on ward we are always told to use Aqeaus (sp?) cream or E45. It's good and highly recommended because we are constantly washing our hands, using alocohol gels and wearing latex gloves whilst handling patients.

Personally, don't recommend E45 as eventually your skin becomes lazy and stop moisterising itself... But the Aqeaus cream you can either put straight on or put in the bath. I've got some in the cupboard upstairs but can't be bothered to go up to check the spelling right now!!! [Razz]

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Xan, I'm partial to anything from Burt's Bees but use Nivea when I can't find that. Burt's Bees even offers a "Hand Repair Kit."

Here's a list of stuff

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My experience has been that almost any of the hand cremes helps a lot if used regularly. I am partial to Lubriderm, but have used others with good success. Key thing is to find something that you can handle as far as how greasy your skin feels after, and the smell of it. Some of those cremes are so stinky I can't stand them.

I also use a humidifier at home during the winter as it also seems to help. For me it isn't my hands but my elbows seem to be the worst and will crack, bleed, etc. if I don't rub them in a couple of times a day.

Good luck finding something that works well for you.

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
The Norwegian formula stuff is going to be easier to get my paws on ...

I wanted to buy some once... but I couldn't afjord it. [Frown]
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Ahh...duh...it just took a Google search ("broken skin drugstore") to find the name I couldn't remember last night:
http://www.drugstore.com/qxp13123_333181_sespider/aquaphor/healing_ointment.htm

*Very* good stuff. It has helped me on a few occasions when my skin was so dry and cracked it would bleed if I merely closed my hand.

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My father used to work in the paint shop at a car manufacturing plant. For the first two years or so, he came home with really bad bleeding noses... the skin on the inside of his nose would dry and crack. Quite gross.

He tried everything under the sun. Nothing helped.

His skin ended up basically building a resistance to it. It just got better with no products at all..

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