Also known as: Hands - chapped and dry
- Avoid excessive sun exposure or exposure to extreme cold or wind
- Avoid washing hands with hot water
- Limit hand washing as much as possible while maintaining good hygiene
- Try to keep the air in your home humid
- Use mild soaps or non-soap cleansers
- Use moisturizing lotions on your hands regularly, especially if you live in a dry climate
- Apply skin lotion frequently (if this doesn't work, try creams or ointments)
- Avoid putting your hands in water unless necessary
- If your hands don't improve, contact a dermatologist
- Very strong hydrocortisone creams (available by prescription) are recommended for badly chapped hands
- Wear gloves for doing everyday chores (cotton is best)
To prevent chapped hands:
To soothe chapped and sore hands:
Habif TP. Eczema and hand dermatitis. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 3.
- Review date:
- October 28, 2010
- Reviewed by:
- Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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