Very dry hands due to Medicine
I've been on a new medicine for a couple of months and it causes my hands to be very dry. I've looked at old posts on this topic, but I thought I'd see if anyone knows of any new products that could help.
Marty, sorry to hear about side-effects of your medication. You have to hydrate your hands, bit that will certainly shorten the life of violin strings. This, unless you use pure gut strings and apply pure Almond oil cream.
During the winter, my hands get so dry that they will crack and bleed if I do nothing about it. Before I sleep, I rub petroleum jelly all over my hands and put on gloves on. It was recommended to me by a pediatrician and works well for me. But I don't know if my hands getting naturally dry is the same problem as your hands getting dry due to a medication.
Is there swelling in your hands which causes them to get dry? If so, I'd speak with your doc. My guess is that it is not just your hands that are getting dry but other parts of your body internally and externally...
bag balm and o'keeffe's working hands are the two products that have been most effective for me to heal severely cracked skin.
I had extremely dry skin for a period during conservatory, some kind of eczema. There were only two things that seemed to work: one was steroid cream, but I don't recommend long term use of that.
I would recommend Eucerin cream for very dry hands-I had an ongoing bout of eczema and that cleared it right up! I wouldn't recommend putting it on right before playing however-I would put it on liberally before you go to bed and maybe a half an hour to an hour before you practice to it has a chance to soak in.
It puts the lotion on the skin
In addition to what Su wrote, get yourself a few pairs of those fine cotton gloves for overnight cream application.
Brian, you're going to get the hose again!
Marty, I use a pretty hippy-dippy coconut lotion that I find works. (Some people put a lotion on and then put gloves on to sleep, which keeps the lotion in contact with your skin - I have never felt like going through the hassle) You may want to play around with other stuff like caffeine and how much water you drink throughout the day.
I have a friend who has dry hands and uses bag balm udder cream and swears by it. Udder cream is marketed for the obvious, dry cow udders, but works very well for dry hands.
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