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Topic: OT: (very OT) Cold Weather & Chapped Hands (11 msgs / 233 lines)
1) From: Lynne
O.K. , so I know this is totally off topic, but I know we have some 
members of this list who live in cold climates (colder than Boston), & 
might be able to suggest a way to solve this problem.
It never fails - when the cold weather comes (and it may have more to 
do w/the dry air in  the winter) I get the worst chapped, eventually 
progressing to painful split, thumbs.
So - my thumbs have started their painful splitting again (loading up 
on the Bag Balm for healing, but it makes for weird typing).
Has anyone figured out a way to prevent this?
Lynne

2) From: Sue Bell
Hi Lynne,
I'm in Northern Michigan and  my fingers used to actually bleed in the
winter.  Ugh.  I've found "Satin Hands" by Mary Kay (takes a bit of
time, tho) works wonders.  Also the "One Minute Manicure" that I got
at JC Penny - even came in a travel jar (messy but quicker).  The best
is to smear my hands with vaseline and put on cotton gloves overnight.
 Good luck!
Sue
On 12/20/06, Lynne  wrote:
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3) From: Angelo
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Sounds like a scene from Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men"  :-)
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4) From: an iconoclast
On 12/20/06, Lynne  wrote:
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What's the relative humidity in your home?  With a woodstove and cold
temps it tends to suck the moisture right out of the air.  We use a
vaporizer in our bedroom and one next to the woodstove and this really
helps.  In fact, I actually laid next to the vaporizer in our bedroom
with the cold I have.  I'm an advice nurse and wish I could get stock
in the Vicks vaporizer company as I recommend them probably 10x per
day.  I get mine for $10.99 at a nearby BiMart.  I use these steam
vaporizers rather than the cool mist as they are cheap and don't have
to worry about replacing or cleaning filters.  Just add water (no
vicks) and a pinch of salt to make it steam and you're good for at
least 12 hrs. Indoor humidity should be between 40 and 50%.  Many
people who live in cold, dry climates or use woodstoves often have
their indoor humidity less than 15% causing dry mucous membranes
suseptible to viruses and dry skin.
Good luck.
Ann

5) From: Laura Micucci
Hi Lynne,
   
  this has been a huge problem with me for years as well.  My fingers dry and crack and last year they started peeling as well.  this year I took the advise of a nutritionist friend and started treating the problem internally.  All the lotions and external treatments did nothing for me last year.  I take an essential fatty acid supplement that is a multi omega of flax, borage and fish oils.  It is a soft gel. I still use lotion and if I notice things getting dry I do use mary kay's extra emollient night cream and cotton gloves over night.  So far this year I only had one crack and it healed pretty quick.  Big difference from last year!  Hope this helps!
Lynne  wrote:
  O.K. , so I know this is totally off topic, but I know we have some 
members of this list who live in cold climates (colder than Boston), & 
might be able to suggest a way to solve this problem.
It never fails - when the cold weather comes (and it may have more to 
do w/the dry air in the winter) I get the worst chapped, eventually 
progressing to painful split, thumbs.
So - my thumbs have started their painful splitting again (loading up 
on the Bag Balm for healing, but it makes for weird typing).
Has anyone figured out a way to prevent this?
LynneLaura
  Making the world a better place one bean at a time.
  www.freshroastedforyou.com

6) From: Justin Marquez
On 12/20/06, Lynne  wrote:
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I have some dry skin conditions and my dermatologist gave me samples
of an OTC moisturizing cream called Cera Ve. Walgreens and CVS handle
it.  It is really good - best one I have ever used. I bought some
before the samples ran out.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

7) From: Maryann & Dave Schellenberg
About the peeling, I used to get this every winter - just the tips of my 
fingers.
I had been taking a Vitamin C supplement and somewhere I read that if 
you take extra vitamin C, you should also take B.
The reading I did then on vitamin B indicated that a shortage could 
cause this peeling.
Since I started taking the Vitamin C and B combo, I've never had the 
peeling happen again.
Dave S.
Laura Micucci wrote:
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8) From: Lynne
I want to thank you - and everyone else - for the many helpful 
suggestions. I'll go over the many suggestions later, but I thought it 
was interesting about the B & fatty acid suggestion - I'm supposed to 
be taking B supplements and fish oils (to help lower my blood 
pressure).
Right now I'm doing my part to raise it. Waiting for yet ANOTHER return 
call from AAA (rather than stay on hold for ANOTHER half hr) so they 
can HOPEFULLY tow my junkbox car that died last night. Awful, awful 
service. I plan to cancel my membership after this fiasco.
Lynne
On Dec 20, 2006, at 9:37 PM, Maryann & Dave Schellenberg wrote:
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9) From: Leo Zick
I used aaa once in the past yr. well, twice, but the same incident.  Car
broke down about 2 miles from my house. Called to get it towed, waited in my
car for 3 hours. Nice way to end a day at work, home at 10. 
Called the next morning to have it towed from my house to a shop (bad move,
I should have fixed it myself, but im tangenting), they came in 20 mins.
Ah, how I love murphy.

10) From: Lynne
Yeah, I've cursed Murphy and his stupid Law many times.
L.
On Dec 21, 2006, at 10:33 AM, Leo Zick wrote:
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11) From: Laura Micucci
Thanks Dave!  I will give vitamin B a try.
Maryann & Dave Schellenberg  wrote:  About the peeling, I used to get this every winter - just the tips of my 
fingers.
I had been taking a Vitamin C supplement and somewhere I read that if 
you take extra vitamin C, you should also take B.
The reading I did then on vitamin B indicated that a shortage could 
cause this peeling.
Since I started taking the Vitamin C and B combo, I've never had the 
peeling happen again.
Dave S.
Laura Micucci wrote:
<Snip>Laura
  Making the world a better place one bean at a time.
  www.freshroastedforyou.com


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