Lemonhead, ah, that certainly makes sense. I was a little wary going onto the Remicade because I groom dogs and often have cracked hands because they dry out so badly and the dogs often crap on the grooming table, have fungal infections, etc. I stopped grooming the "biters" -- before I had UC I got bit and it became infected so quickly I spent the weekend in the hospital getting IV antibiotics, hate to think what would happen to me now if that happened.
I use hand sanitizer and wash my hands like a maniac, use lots of hand cream as well to minimize the cracking ... so far so good though. I make my family members wash hands as soon as they get into the house from the great filthy public outdoors as well. We've all been healthy so far this winter.
Good luck finding something that works. My GI always tells me not to forget that UC is curable -- of course, it's the surgery, which to me I can't accept yet, but given your circumstances you may want to look into it. When I was in a bad way last Oct through the end of Dec I started to give it some serious thought.
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, starting yet another taper attempt, down to 15 mg daily. Daily supplements: multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums
12/1/07 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron sucrose) injections;
9 mg Entocourt EC; Xanax as needed; Lexipro 10 mg, Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day; Bad reactions: Imuran (2/07)