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Hands accomplish many daily tasks, and sometimes, even small miracles! We sometimes forget just how much our hands are called on every day. Therefore, it's so easy to lose sight of the importance of providing them with extra tender loving care, as a reward for services rendered!
The health of neglected hands is often compromised. The skin is often the first to be affected. A lack of hydration and frequent or prolonged exposure to various irritants contribute to excessive dryness. Over time, skin can become rough and other symptoms can appear such as:
Chafed hands can predispose a person to infection. This is another excellent reason to resolve the problem quickly.
Small lifestyle changes can help to prevent dry hands and the appearance of chafing, such as:
Chafing on the hands usually occurs when the skin is very dry. Thus, it becomes more fragile and can become damaged, leading to fissuring and cracks.
This problem can affect anyone. However, individuals exposed to the following elements are more likely to be affected by it:
Aging is another factor that weakens skin and predisposes it to chafing due to dryness.
If you are unable to resolve the situation despite applying these measures, your pharmacist can provide you with additional advice. For example, he/she can recommend dressings to protect cracks, or an antibiotic cream (or ointment) to prevent or control infection. Because of the risk of a worsening condition or of complications, the pharmacist may encourage you to see a doctor.
Don't hesitate to speak to your pharmacist for additional information about severe dry and chapped hands.
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