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    Dry Fingers

    I like swimming every day, but my thumbs are getting dried out around the nails. I thought that neoprene gloves or swimming mits might relieve the dryness. Any tips on what to do?

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    Re: Dry Fingers

    Coconut Oil. Massage it into the ends of your fingers. Also cuticle oil right under the tip of your nail.

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    Re: Dry Fingers

    Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Cream (cream in a tub, not lotion in a bottle) - my sister has been using this on her cracked fingers for 25 years. It's very thick, works like a charm.

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    Re: Dry Fingers

    George -- I only swim 2-3 times per week and I still get the dry hands, and painful cracks around my thumbnails. I don't think it's so much related to swimming as it is just the cold, dry conditions in winter. I think any kind of moisturizer will help, but my experience is that you have to use it frequently...multiple times daily. And I still get the cracks. And when they're painful enough...I just put a small dab of superglue on it.

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    Re: Dry Fingers

    Udder balm works wonders in the winter. You can find it at any Walgreens/CVS type store easily and yes, it was originally made for those poor cow's teats.
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    Cetaphil Cream
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    Re: Dry Fingers

    CeraVe Healing Ointment is great for this. I put it on my hands in the morning, after my swim, and right before I fall asleep in the winter. All of CeraVe's lotions and creams are great for swimmers.
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    Re: Dry Fingers

    not only fingers- arms and shins get dry. I use Cetaphil on all parts that may be dry after each swim and the gym in winter.

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    Re: Dry Fingers

    Thanks for the lotion tips! I will investigate further. But do the Swimming Mitts keep your fingers dry?

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    Re: Dry Fingers

    George,

    As I mentioned in my previous post...I too get those cracks...but pretty much just in the winter. So, I don't really think they're related to swimming, but more related to what you do with your hands outside of swimming. If you work with your hands a lot in the cold, dry conditions of winter I think you're more likely to get the cracks. For example...people who work construction, or mechanics will get them. But people in professions like bank tellers, or computer techs won't (unless they work with their hands outside of their jobs). As mentioned in other posts, excessive moisturizing is pretty much the only way to prevent them (without changing the work you do). The best suggestion I've used is to moisturizer heavily before bed and then go to bed wearing cotton gloves or socks over over your hands. That keeps the moisturizer on you hands and not on the bedsheets. When the cracks to occur...put a tab of super glue on it so that it isn't exposed. Good luck.

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    O'Keefe's Working Hands, best stuff I ever found for cracked and bleeding fingers.

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