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Chapped hands

Alternative names

Hands - chapped and dry


To prevent chapped hands:
  • Limit excessive hand washing as much as possible (while remaining sanitary).
  • Avoid hot water.
  • Try to keep the air in your home humid.
  • Use moisturizing lotions on your hand regularly -- especially if you live in a dry climate.
  • Use mild soaps -- preferably soap that contains some cream.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure or exposure to extreme cold or wind.
To soothe chapped and sore hands:
  • Avoid putting your hands in water unless necessary.
  • Apply skin lotion frequently (if this doesn't work, try creams or even ointments).
  • Wear gloves for doing everyday chores (cotton is best).
  • Hydrocortisone creams (available over the counter) are recommended for badly chapped hands.
  • If your hands don't improve, contact a dermatologist. For related information also see eczema and contact dermatitis .

Update Date: 4/15/2003

Michael Lehrer, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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