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Dry hands - red bumps?

AthlantarAthlantar Registered User regular
edited March 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Hi all,

Ive been living somewhere with very dry air and my hands have started to crack. I'm using some moisturizing cream on them, but on the back of my hands and fingers i have patchs about the size of a quarter of small red bumps.

I don't have a camera at the moment to take a picture of them, but im wondering if anybody has any suggestions as to what they are, and what i can do about them.

Also, I made alfredo sauce last night, which I grated a ton of garlic. This was very painful on my fingertips and probably got over my hands. Is it possible my dry hands were alergic to it?

Thanks for your help all.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Wow, um, same thing happened to me.

    I woke up two days ago with some kind of rash of small red bumps on the tops of both of my hands, around my knuckles, and on one elbow. It hasn't spread to other parts or anything, but it's odd, because I haven't changed detergents or soaps, didn't get into poison ivy, or anything else.

    Just take some Benedryl and see if it goes away first.

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    DaenrisDaenris Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    It's probably just irritation caused from having dry skin. If your skin is getting sufficiently moisturized now and it doesn't go away in a couple of days you may want to have it looked at, but my guess is just irritation.

    As to the garlic, I doubt it's actually an allergy, but garlic is pretty strong stuff, especially when fresh. Even with non-chapped skin it can cause some irritation because of the chemical released when you crush/grate it. Since you say you have dry/cracked skin, if the garlic is getting into the cracks it could definitely hurt.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Yeah, I think mine came from scraping my knuckles against some drywall, and my elbow. I think it got up under the skin

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    ihmmyihmmy Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    does your moisture have any perfume or scent in it? Any scented products make my hands burn like a sonofa and turn all red, so I just make sure I buy the stuff for sensitive skin.
    Raised bumps could also be excema, but if it's burny/painful probably not. Besides, mild cases of that can be solved with (unscented) skin moisturizer, hurrah

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    halofyrehalofyre Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Sounds like psoriasis, simply. Happens to lots of people in the cold. Get a thick hand cream like glysomed or eucerin from the drug store and apply often, especially after wetting and drying your hands.

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    AthlantarAthlantar Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Thanks for the help all. Damn this Yukon weather.

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