Friday, March 15, 2013

The finger problem that won't die

In case you were wondering - yes, my fingers are still bothering me.  Sometimes they'll look better, but as soon as I think my hand might return to normal, the peeling and splitting starts all over again.  This has been an ongoing problem since May of 2012.  It has been nearly a year of constant dry, peeling, crusty skin on my finger tips.

This problem only affects the fingers on my right hand.  It also only affects the top portion of my fingers - nothing below the knuckle and nothing on the palm of my hand.  I tried to take a few pictures, but it is really hard to capture with a camera.   My thumb is by far the worst.  The skin is nearly always split open...

My index finger peels a lot too, but (thankfully) it doesn't split open as offend...

My middle finger and ring finger peel occasionally too, but usually they just look wrinkly - like my hands have been submerged in water for a long time, but they haven't...

It is all very strange and very frustrating.  Every time I mention it, people (even a dermatologist) tell me to use more lotion.  Really?  I am not an idiot.  I have used lanolin, Euercin, Aquaphor, Cetaphil, and a whole bunch of other shit that didn't work. I have pretty much given up on solving the problem, and I am learning to live with it.

6 comments:

allyk said...

Ok, I am feeling for you. Particularly the doctors are such idiots. I don't know if this will help but I used this stuff on my cracked and bleeding heels, yes on my feet, called Heeltastic. I swear it got rid of the cracking and peeling. I don't if you tried or if it will work but it worked on my yuky heels. I don't think you should have to live with this. Go to another doctor.
Alyssa

antropologa said...

Well, this looks like eczema to me. I get this sometimes and use Rx eczema cream and put a bandaid over the worst spots and it clears up. But I think you had tried that too, right?

Chris said...

Yuck!!! It sucks when you have a problem that nobody seems able to diagnose! I've dealt with that with knee problems. Hope it clears up without a lot of hassle!

amanda said...

dude this sucks. seriously sorry.

getting old is a *itch!

Anonymous said...

Try O'Keefe's working hands!! You can get it at bad, bath and beyond for like $7. It is worth a shot i swear!

Marni Self said...

I don't blog anymore, obviously, but are you on Facebook yet? I thought of you today while I dried my hands on my towel that you added to for the fridge and I missed ya! I hope that things are well! So much has changed for me, and I am doing fantastic. Your newest addition is adorable. Hugs!

You could email me at my first name and last name at my g mail account. ;)