hands--sore from washing

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   Posted 12/4/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
As a new ileostomate - six months now - this is my first Winter with the new appliance. The constant handwashing is wreaking havoc on my hands.
I am currently using Sween Cream by coloplast and have started using Nexcare Skin Crack Care (it is a clear brush on solution to seal the cracks formed on my fingers from the dryness).
With winter just beginning - it occurs to me that this will be a constant struggle to keep up with the dry, cracked, painful skin.
Any ideas from the veterans on this board?

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   Posted 12/4/2007 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Nancy, did you have a dry skin problem before? I know you already know, but we sometimes forget about drinking as much in the winter cuz we don't feel a thirsty as we do in the summer when it is warmer outside. It is just as important to help dry skin in the winter too. Eucerin is suppose to be really good... they say cream is better than lotion, but its too thick for me. I struggle with dry hands in the winter too, so I will be glad to hear others' recommendations!!!
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   Posted 12/4/2007 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Let me tell you what works wonders...I am constantly washing my hands as well. My sister in-law, who is a nurse told me I should see an infectious disease specialist to run blood test on me to see if my body may be deficient of something that may be holding me back from healing properly. (I've had 4 rectal surgerires to correct problems from childbirth 21 years ago. Another story.) Anyway, he found nothing and just said that it would take a long time to heal because of the area. Getting back to our hands, this specialist told me to use Purel. So, I use it just about every other time I wash my hands. There is a type that is both a moisturizer and hand saniter. I love it! No more cracked skin for me. Try it out.

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   Posted 12/4/2007 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
i have a problem with my hands, that i have since i got UC eight years ago, every winter they turn red and start cracking open and it's very very painful.  I thought that once i got the ostomy and the UC was gone, that would be gone too, but it was not to be.  I have tried everything you can think of, including crisco and mayo, yes i really tried those.  So far i have found a few things that help for a while, that neutrogena lotion, i cannot remmeber what it is called, it's in a very small bottle and it costs about five dollars it's kind of vaseline looking, it helps for a while.  And vicks vapor rub helps on them.  I saw on a show to put a thick coat of vaseline or a lotion with that kind of consistcney over your hands while they are still wet, but i havent' tried that, because i wouldnt' be able to do anytghing with those greasy hands.  I just ordered some stuff from drugstore.com, i will let you know if any of it works

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   Posted 12/5/2007 12:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Nancy said...
this is my first Winter with the new appliance. The constant handwashing is wreaking havoc on my hands.
What is it about your ostomy that is making you constantly wash your hands?
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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