Does Anyone Else Get These Little Cracks in the Skin of Their Finger Tips?
Question posted by Thor283 on 13 Feb 2012
Last updated on 13 December 2014
I used to call them cuts because occasionally 1 will even bleed a bit. But usually there's no blood and I am unaware of it when it happens. Later on I will feel a lot of pain from one and then I will look closer and see the crack. They can be very small like 1/8 inch or bigger like 1/4 to almost 1/2 inch. The pain is like that from a paper cut. I get these throughout the year, so it isn't only in one kind of weather, because I thought that myself. I just found 2 on 1 thumb. That's unusual, mostly I get only 1 on a finger. They also used to seem to appear when I don't sleep for 1 night, but not this time.
Does anyone get them and if you do, how do you heal them? Any ideas on ways to prevent them, or what's causing them? I'm open to any & all ideas.
wow..you described almost excactly what I get... they are just on the tips of my fingers and they are quite deep at times.I have tried taking flax seed for it as well as grapeseed oil(in pill form) both are cheap enough,I am on disability and get next to nothing to live on so I have had to be creative... lol.I also use the liquid bandaid as well as barrier cream, it is like moisturizer but it stays on your hands longer and provides a barrier (hence the name:) ..) I have never found that the weather or seasons affect when they happen,and it wasnt soap or hard water either, but another thing that did help was the humidifier at night, it is sooo dry in northern Alberta, so I find that it helps.For the real bad ones I have a cheap pair of thin gloves that I have and I load up my finger with moisturizer or even vasaline based creams and wear the glove for a few hours ,it softens them up and helps it heal faster.I also have used polysporin cream that has the topical analgesic in it,that way it numbs the pain a bit. Hope some of this helps!
14 Feb 2012
I get these once in a while and my husband gets them often (he plays guitar) I have found one of the best ways to PREVENT them is to put just a bit of chapstick on and around my cuticles and finger tips before bed. My husband showed me how he treats them and it is a bit unconventional but it does work. He cleans the area well and applies just a drop of superglue in the cracked area (it burns like fire!!) and closes the crack and this keeps it from hurting and it heals quicker too. I thought this was kinda weird but you know, when I had my gallbladder out they used medical grade "superglue" to close the incisions so I guess it is no worse than that. We've never had any infection or problems arise from doing this and it sure does help.
14 Feb 2012
I would definately tell your doctor and get some liquid bandage. You just paint it over the cut and it's clear and this way you will not get an infection plus it will help with the pain since it won't be open. Laura (Happy Valentine's Day).
14 Feb 2012
Hi Thor, yes, I get them in the winter from the dry skin here in the Midwest whan it's cold outside. We have a humidifier going too. They hurt like the dickens. I take about every vitamin known to man & nothing helps this as far as I can tell. I do the same as you, a little neosporin & a bandaid. Sure hurts to type tho, & then I want to chew on it too!(used to be a nail biter) I'll think on it a bit & get back to you if I think of something to help... Mary
14 Feb 2012
My skin cracks all the time when it gets cold outside. Yes they can bleed too. they can even resemble paper cuts. Stress can cause dry cracked skin too. My best advice is to use a moisturizing hand soap, and hand cream daily, after EACH time you wash your hands. Also put extra hand cream on at bedtime. You should have the problem under control soon. The soap doesn't have to be expensive, and neither does the hand cream, just make sure that it is NOT antibacterial soap or hand cream. May all your problems be this simple :-)) Ellen
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13 Feb 2012
Is this a response to any medication you're taking, Thor?
Do you use a moisturizer, or cream on your body? It's not just a girly-girl thing. Men need to moisturize their skin, too.
Have you noticed it happens when you are using a certain brand of soap or shampoo, dish detergent? Anything your hand/finger could and would come in contact with. There are many good soothing, and relatively inexpensive creams out there. In fact there are some down right cheap creams-money wise, which might be of help. Let me know if any of this has been of any help-time allowing, of course!
13 Feb 2012
Do you get the cracks on your toes and heals as well ? You should see your doctor if you do. Are your hands in water or chemicals frequently? If so you may need to use gloves or use a barrier cream as this could be the cause. Is your skin naturally dry? You may just need to use a good hand / moisturiser cream regularly. I would see your pharmacist first for advice.