Treatment for Sore Hands
This is part two of a
multi-part series on treating and preventing dry and cracked hands
from extensive cold working sessions. Click here to go to part
By far the most common treatment for sore
hands is the use of various lotions and creams. These range
from commonly available lotions to more exotic creams. Here's
a representative selection:
1. Neutrogena hand cream (or similar over the
counter hand creams and lotions). These have the advantage of
being relatively inexpensive and easy to find. They do tend to
be greasy, so are best used after cold working, rather than during.
2. Bag Balm. This is a product developed for
treating dry cow udders, but it also works well on hands. Many
drug stores or chemists carry this or a similar product.
3. Corona Cream. This is also a product developed
for use with animals (it's used to treat
cracked horse hooves), but it works for hands too. Purchase it
at many pharmacy counters, but no prescription is required.
4. Cornhusker's Lotion. Another over the counter
product, this one is generally less greasy than some of the others.
5. No-Crack Hand Cream. One advantage of this
product is that it comes in both night-time and day-time versions,
with the day-time being less greasy.
6. Norski. This is a stronger product that's
available from some pharmacies. It's specifically developed to
treat dry hands.
There are other creams and lotions on the market, but the
above are the ones that many people have reported work well for
them. To make any of these lotions work faster, put on pair of
gloves after applying them. (Latex or nitrile gloves work
well.) The gloves will cause your hands to sweat and feel hot,
but the warm, moist environment works to make the lotion work faster
and promote quicker healing.
Coming in the next part
of this tip -- treatments specifically designed to treat cracks and
splits in the skin.
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