Nail care

@Trace86 (5033)
United States
January 16, 2007 2:29am CST
I am a nurse in a nursing home and wash my hands on average of 20-25 times a shift. My hands are so dry and sore. My nails keep cracking, breaking and flaking. My cuticles are sore and cracked too. I have tried just about every lotion and hand cream that promises to stay on through hand washing and moisturize for 24 hours. I guess they mean for people who only wash their hands every 3 or 4 hours though. Any ideas on how to get healthy hands, nails and cuticles?
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@jaredlp (418)
• United States
16 Jan 07
use vit e rather its the cream or open a capsule and use it on your nails and cuticals
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
16 Jan 07
What I would recommend first is buying a bottle of hand soap that you know you can use, if possible get a sample size one that you can carry in your pocket. Often the ones for employees to use are too strong for constant handwashing or you could be allergic to an ingredient in it. Next buy some Udder Cream, you can get it in a tub or a tube. It was designed originally for use with cow udders but works wonderfully on the hands. Rub it into the nails as well. It will help. Once you get the nails a bit moisturized pick up something like Sally Hansens Hard as Nails, clear or a color you like. Use this to help protect your nails in the future. My sister has done more then her fair share of work in Nursing Homes so I know what she's gone through with her nails and hands. How the soaps made them look and feel horrible. I know what she's used to help her hands in the past and that is what I am recommending. Good luck.
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
16 Jan 07
What makes it even worse, I get a red rash from the gloves I have to wear. It doesn't matter if they are the latex or vinyl, powdered or powder-free. My hands get dry and itchy. Then there is the hand sanitizer. It makes my hand sticky and dry. I was thinking of getting some of that anti-bacterial hand soap from Bath and Body Works.
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@shaggin (45691)
• United States
14 Oct 10
When I worked at a hospital I had to wash my hands so much it was so painful how dry my skin got. I tried to wear gloves to cut down on the amount of times I had to wash my hands but the gloves for some reason did what you said and on the tops of my hands made a horrible rash. It was so bad that it would bleed. It stung when the water touched it. Mine still get pretty bad now since I have two kids to take care of and clean up after but its never gotten as bad as when I worked in a hospital. I think it was also a lot to do with the soap that was used at the hospital I worked at. A lot of dish soap gives me the same reaction.
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@shoelover (896)
• Australia
16 Jan 07
Hi, I was just wondering if you have ever thought of taking vitamin e capsules. They moisturise from the inside and you will also find that your nails and cuticles will be much stronger also.
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@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
16 Jan 07
That is interesting that you both said the same thing at the same time! I take a bunch of vitamins already and will look and see if it is in my multi. Thanks for the advice.
• United States
16 Jan 07
Viamin E helps skin, nails and hair...vitamin E in a multivitamin will only allow the daily minimum and since your skin and nails need help, I suggest you procure a supply of gel cap vitamin E and take those along with the multi you are already taking. You can break open the caps and place the liquid vitamin E directly on the affected areas. Now this next part is going to sound strange, but... Vegetable shortening. Yep, I said vegetable shortening as a off duty hand cream. Your skin will soak it up, won't feel greasey, and it often works better than expensive hand creams. Ever see a baker with rough hands? Several years ago I knew a young lady who had problems with the skin on her hands, the dermatologist she was seeing prescribe a very greasey medicated cream and had her wearing gloves for 8-10 hours a day. I told her what my grandma always used and she gave it a try. No more expensive medicated cream, no more gloves and very nice soft hands in about a week. To this day she keeps a small can of Crisco with her to use both at home and when she goes out. Needless to say, her dermatologist was astonished! On a side note, Vitamin E when applied to a wound promotes healing with lesser scarring.
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• India
17 Jan 07
dab olive oil on nails and cuticles while sleeping, nothings better than that..for hands,use some milk cream, pereferably at nite.olive oil can alos be used for hands
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• India
17 Jan 07
it is very important to take care about our nails and hand.we get all unwanted gastro intestinal disease if we do not keep our nail clean.so we should trim and clean our nails atleast once in a week and keep our hands clean always.
• United States
17 Jan 07
i would definately recomend going to the doctor or getting some good lotion and wait for the lotion to come into affect. and reapply it often
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@yorb24 (2180)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Have you tried a nail hardener? It works wonders.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
17 Jan 07
yes sorbolene cream is great for this my husband used to work in the hospital for many years and this is what he used or you could use plastic gloves so that you would not have to wash your hands so much.
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@nancygibson (3737)
• France
16 Jan 07
Carry a tiny bottle of almond or olive oil with you (the teeny bottles soy sauce comes in with sushi are perfect!), every time you dry your hands, put one drop of oil on them and rub in well, it literally takes 2 seconds to do and once its a habvit you won't even notice you are doing it. Rub that in well and you have a thin barrier film that soothes and protects. Use a good food grade food oil so that it doesnt taint anything.
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
6 Feb 10
Get yourself a good moisturizer and coat your hands before bedtime. Then cover your hands with white cotton gloves and sleep that way. In the morning, you will find a huge difference in the moisture content of the skin on your hands. Also taking natural silica three times a day can work wonders for your nails. Check with your local health food store. After purchase, keep in the fridge.
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
24 Jan 07
I agree with CreativeDreamWeaver - i use Dr LeWinn's Revitanail and cuticle oil - but any cuticle oil will do. Using these products for the first time since i can remember I have lovely long and strong nails. I have tried so many products - all the Sally Hansens and others, but with no luck. Revitanail has really work. Do a search and it gets raves everywhere. This will solve your nail problems.
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• Philippines
17 Jan 07
You know what my dad has the same problems! he's not a nurse, nor a doctor or anything but he's so clean and neat he washes his hands so often that his skin breaks! It hurts him everytime but i think he's been prescribed a cream for the breaks and to moisturize his hands so it wont break that much anymore. maybe you should consult a doctor and maybe they can give you a more effective solution other than putting on lotions and moisturizers. good luck!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Yes try Vaseline hand care its great and even helps your nails grow.
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I was going to tell you about the Crisco, but I see another poster beat me to the draw! It really works! Put some on at bedtime and then put on a pair of cotton gloves. You won't beleive how soft they will be in a few days! Many people say to do the same with Vaseline. I haven't tried it, but the Crisco does help!
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
16 Jan 07
soap can be hard on the skin if applied too often. I think you should wear some kind of gloves and try to use lotion as much as possible. Also buy one of those nail care kits you can get them almost any where (even a dollar store) and take time out to keep your nails nice.
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I'm sorry but I can't help you out here. If you've tried everything and it didn't work out for you, I don't know that there could be help. But, you never know, maybe you'll run across something that could work.
• United States
17 Jan 07
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