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    Dry Chapped Hands!

    As I am a nurse I have to wash my hands numerous times a day. The hand wash we are currently using at work is terrible and as a result my hands are very dry and chapped, they also peel and itch due to the dryness.

    Has anyone tried any products that actually work?

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    You're a nurse, but are asking on HUKD?

    Wowzers!

    wear gloves.


    lock it up now mods.

    It's expensive, but Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is fantastic stuff.

    thesaint;8160794

    You're a nurse, but are asking on HUKD?Wowzers!



    :lol:

    maybe ask one of the doctors as your place of work...LOL

    thesaint;8160794

    You're a nurse, but are asking on HUKD?Wowzers!



    I've just finished reading a thread of yours where you asked for help with your computer and not one person in there made fun of you or belittled you, whatever you asked.

    Have you tried the hemp hand protector stuff from The Body Shop? That's good...smells horrible though.

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    black gerbil1;8160803

    wear gloves.lock it up now mods.



    .... if you saw what can get through micro holes in gloves then you would be scrubbing your hands after!

    Liquid gloves - it gives a near invisible cover to the hands - you're not aware of it - very expensive though - google it and see if you can get a free sample from their web site.

    I feel for you - mine split at the tips and it's very sore.

    Hope you sort it out.

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    angelfairee;8160818

    Have you tried the hemp hand protector stuff from The Body Shop? That's … Have you tried the hemp hand protector stuff from The Body Shop? That's good...smells horrible though.



    Yeah using that at the minute, but as i am washing my hands so often it just doesnt have the staying power. And not strong enough for just at the end of the shift as by my next shift my hands are red and sore again :-( Thanks though.

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    shibi din;8160804

    It's expensive, but Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is fantastic … It's expensive, but Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is fantastic stuff.



    Ah this sounds good ill have a look for it thanks.

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    Rugbymum;8160831

    Liquid gloves - it gives a near invisible cover to the hands - you're not … Liquid gloves - it gives a near invisible cover to the hands - you're not aware of it - very expensive though - google it and see if you can get a free sample from their web site.I feel for you - mine split at the tips and it's very sore.Hope you sort it out.



    Thanks ill look out for that. Ouch that sounds bad at the tips. Mine is on the backs of my hands and often split if i have worked a few shifts in a row.

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    vinylandtrinkets;8160854

    ive use avon hand/body creams always works a treat for me, my hands were … ive use avon hand/body creams always works a treat for me, my hands were raw through the cold weather or try the Norwegian hand creams



    Tried the Norwegian, didn't help. Have just ordered the avon overnight treatment to see if that helps as used most of the normal avon hand creams. Thanks though.

    Neutrogena - it's good enough for Norwegian sailors! A small amount goes a long way.

    ETA Sorry . just seen you've tried it.

    If it is part of your job to constantly wash your hands, then the soap provided should be such that it does not cause you harm. If it does then your employer should provide a remedy.

    You should report the problem and make sure they rectify it.Also you should contact your nursing union about it.

    If you develop a long term problem because of this it could affect your long term health and possibly career.

    Shellywelly;8160849

    Ah this sounds good ill have a look for it thanks.



    I usually get mine from the States but when I've had to buy it here I get it from SpaceNK Apothecary. Although, I don't think there are too many of them around, they may deliver though.

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    Rugbymum;8160831

    Liquid gloves - it gives a near invisible cover to the hands - you're not … Liquid gloves - it gives a near invisible cover to the hands - you're not aware of it - very expensive though - google it and see if you can get a free sample from their web site.I feel for you - mine split at the tips and it's very sore.Hope you sort it out.



    Just had a look at that one don't think It would be suitable as you can only wash your hands in water after using the liquid gloves and i don't think it would be allowed due to our infection control guidlines. Also with the bodily fluids I come into contact with I would feel pretty grossed out if I didn't use soap!

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    Plum;8160881

    If it is part of your job to constantly wash your hands, then the soap … If it is part of your job to constantly wash your hands, then the soap provided should be such that it does not cause you harm. If it does then your employer should provide a remedy.You should report the problem and make sure they rectify it.Also you should contact your nursing union about it. If you develop a long term problem because of this it could affect your long term health and possibly career.



    We have actually put in a incident form about the soap in use as we have all suffered more since they have used this new soap. We are waiting for the result. However I still suffered with the old soap and always have at all the hospitals I have worked in.

    Good old fashioned vaseline intensive care hand lotion works for me.

    Elizabeth Arden 8hr cream smells slightly strange but is really good.

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    shibi din;8160882

    I usually get mine from the States but when I've had to buy it here I get … I usually get mine from the States but when I've had to buy it here I get it from SpaceNK Apothecary. Although, I don't think there are too many of them around, they may deliver though.



    Thanks, just searched and found a 30ml one on ebay so I will try that and if it works for me i'll order some from John Lewis as they do a 75ml for £13.95. Thanks repped..

    Shellywelly;8160907

    We have actually put in a incident form about the soap in use as we have … We have actually put in a incident form about the soap in use as we have all suffered more since they have used this new soap. We are waiting for the result. However I still suffered with the old soap and always have at all the hospitals I have worked in.


    Engineers use barrier creams. They put it on first and it dries in/on the skin protecting it from dirt and the effects of the soaps used to remove the dirt. When they wash, this cream comes off with the dirt/oil, helping to protect the pores of the skin. It seems to be development of a medical grade cream would not be beyond the reach of the pharmaceutical industry.

    It seems to me until they are threatened with or hit with some industrial injury claims they will sit back and let nurses destroy their hands, while they search for cheaper and cheaper alternatives to put in the dispensers.
    Keep notes on how your hands are, and also on how many times you warn your managers and their responses if any.

    Cream your hands woman

    Have you tried E45, or Aqueous cream?

    Goofeys Girl;8160922

    Good old fashioned vaseline intensive care hand lotion works for me.



    Was just about to say that myself.:thumbsup:

    Shellywelly;8160938

    Thanks, just searched and found a 30ml one on ebay so I will try that and … Thanks, just searched and found a 30ml one on ebay so I will try that and if it works for me i'll order some from John Lewis as they do a 75ml for £13.95. Thanks repped..



    That's a lot for 75ml. Much better value to get the 150ml @ £18.50 + postage @ £3. (same price at Space NK, but postage is £5).

    Hope you like this stuff and that it sorts your hands out for you. Their lip salve is really good as well.

    L'Occitane hand cream....amazing!

    Banned

    I love Planet Spa African Shea Hand and Cuticle Cream it is really nice stuff and it is only £1.99 for 75ml at the moment.

    avonshop.co.uk/sho…m=1

    I get eczema which can make my hands split open. The only thing i have found that works is Conotrane cream. Its a nappy cream available from Boots, £1.45 a tube, but it really really works for me. May be worth a try before buying the expensive ones. Hope this helps, i know how you feel.:thumbsup:

    shibi din;8161429

    That's a lot for 75ml. Much better value to get the 150ml @ £18.50 + … That's a lot for 75ml. Much better value to get the 150ml @ £18.50 + postage @ £3. (same price at Space NK, but postage is £5).Hope you like this stuff and that it sorts your hands out for you. Their lip salve is really good as well.



    +1 for Khiels, I got some at Libertys in London if you are around there.

    You should try the cotton gloves that you wear overnight - available at loads of places like Boots and Body shop etc. You use any hand cream and then put the the gloves on when you sleep and it helps it all soak in rather than rub off of the sheets. You look a bit of an idiot but does help when my hands are really bad. Also L'occitane shea hand cream is nice.
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