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Age, genetics, weather, allergies??
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Date: 1/5/13 8:03 PM

My hands have been dry and/or red enough in the last several months or so to get the occasional comment from people. When they're red, they aren't always sore, so that's not bothering me. But today I was outside -- not even for long, and it's not terribly cold -- and my hands are red, dry, and so sore that they're actually stinging.

My mother's hands were red a lot, too, so I think this must be a genetic/age thing. The doctor thought she was allergic to the dish soap, but now that I'm getting red hands for all sorts of apparent reasons, I'm starting to wonder.

Does anyone else have this problem? I've never really had a significant issue with this before this past year.

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Date: 1/5/13 8:58 PM

I do. Allergic to my dishwashing soap and any soap, for that matter. Ivory at times too. I have to wear gloves when doing dishes. When cooking and I have to wash my hands frequently, they get red and sometimes bleed at the knuckles. This has been happening for 20 years, so I do not think it is age related. It started when I was 35 or so, and from antibacterial soap for washing hands in the bathroom. I never use that stuff, as my hands will bleed if I do. Yes, they do get painful.

Use hand lotion, no fragrance kind. If this does not help, and does not always help me, I put some vasiline on a tissue and rub the knckles and back of my hands and dab it off. The dogs can still smell it, so I can't have much on my skin. My hands will heal up overnight and be much better by morning. If using hand lotion, it can burn and sting for a few minutes if they get cracked like mine do.

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Date: 1/5/13 11:40 PM

I almost always wear rubber gloves when doing dishes or cleaning with commercial products. I put on fragrance-free hand lotion at night and then wear cotton gloves to bed. Both help keep my hands less dry.
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Date: 1/6/13 0:17 AM

I find that mine get that way when I don't use lotion enough mixed with cold temps. Even a tiny bit of cold. They don't really hurt or crack. I can't really blade doing dishes, that's DH's job.:)

Things that help me are wearing gloves, even light weight ones in not so cold weather and using a really good moisturizer at night before I go to bed. Thisis the one that I use. It will even fade light age spots if needed.If you are scent sensitive do not buy the cream one in a jar. The fragrance is overpowering. The lotion has a very very subtle, almost non existent scent.

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Date: 1/6/13 0:48 AM

Lotion will not do the trick if your hands are really dry. You need serious stuff! Coconut oil is great and cheap. I also have the Badger Balm from Lee Valley Tools and this stuff Working Hands that I get at the hardware store. It says on the package that bedtime is best due to the change in skin temperature. I certainly find that if I use good products before bed, it really helps through the following day.

I don't remember the women in my family having such dry, sensitive skin, but I do recall my grandfather was told to use cream on his hands because they would crack and bleed in the winter. He didn't use it until his doctor told him to - not a macho guy, but hand cream was only ok "by prescription"

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Date: 1/6/13 3:16 AM

There is an extremely rare genetic condition called erythromelalgia that causes redness and a burning pain of the hands or feet. It is so rare that I wonder how many dermatologists even know about its existence.

It is not allergic and it's not really related to dry skin, detergents, and so on.

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Date: 1/6/13 8:11 AM

A dear friend of mine has this problem. She uses St. Ives Intensive Healing Hand Cream without fragrance and a pair of white cotton gloves on her hands every night during the cold weather. It's inexpensive and seems to heal better than most. During the day she uses a hand cream with sunscreen and wears rubber gloves for household tasks. Perhaps the St. Ives' will work for you, too. Also, check out Beautypedia under 'Best Products'. I've had good luck with their recommendations. Hope this helps.

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Date: 1/6/13 10:49 AM

One year my hands were so dry, the skin blistered. My dermatologist recommended Vaseline and cotton gloves overnight. This helped tremendously. Urea containing creams also work well.

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Date: 1/6/13 12:04 PM

I've heard good things about O'Keefe's Working hands. It's available in Canada. I'm going to give it a try. I also recommend using gloves when doing tasks with hot water and detergents.
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Date: 1/6/13 12:35 PM

Helen - I used to get this at a local store in the fabric department, but they don't seem to carry it anymore. I was thrilled to find it at Home Hardware and their website says it is also at my local Home Depot and Canadian Tire.

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