my elizabeth has raw fingers. but her hands are peeling bad! any ideas?

Aimee - posted on 12/06/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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like i said her fingers are dark red and raw. mostly the tips of them. except her thumb. her palms are peeling big time and she sits there and peels off the dead skin which is now making them sensitive and raw. she has nothing else. I checked her feet and palms for sores or anything but didnt see anything. any ideas or help? i put lotion on them before she went to bed but it hurt the raw areas.

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Janene - posted on 12/08/2008

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I get eczema on my hands really bad. It is very red, raw, and peeling. I use vaseline or there is a petroleum jelly lotion that they have at the dollar store which works really well. Also, if you put lotion/jelly on and then cover with cotton, it helps dramatically. They say stay away from any soaps/shampoos containing sodium laryl sulfate. Also lotions are supposedly better then creams. Creams contain more water then oil, whereas lotions have more oil then water. Water is eczema's enemy; it makes eczema flare up badly.

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Aimee - posted on 12/10/2008

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I wanted to thank everyone for their suggestions. I have since taken her to the doctor because i was afraid it was a chemical burn fearing she got cleaner on her hands. But thankfully its from exposure to the cold (i live in nd its freezing outside) and wind burn. She than tells me she doesnt always wear her gloves at recess but learned her lesson and promised to keep them on. Silly girl. Anyway. thanks =)

Candice - posted on 12/08/2008

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I just wanted to tell you that i had a son who has really bad ecema on his face..nothing worked i tryed everything ..until i tryed utter cream. amazing stuff. I also stayed away from any soaps etc and started using all natural creams and shampoo. The one we use is the baby line from Arbonne. GREAT STUFF!!

Jane - posted on 12/08/2008

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If its eczema go for the plainest products possible. Just because johnson and johnson say its for sensitive skin it isn't always right. Eczema kids have too sensitive skin for that. Parrafin which is like vaseline is very good and you can dampen bandages to wrap around the areas that are affected. Eczema is also an immunity thing where there bods just can't handle irritants like us. Keep notice of flare ups and the triggers and hopefully sometimes u can grow out of it. My daughter had severe eczema as abub but grew out of it by 5 although her skin is still rather dry. My son has eczema now but not as bad as his sister so fingers crossed. Good luck!!

Nyomi - posted on 12/08/2008

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I have toddler with severe eczema...salt in the tub with no other bubbles, cetaphil lotion and bar soap; and locort (prescription) for when it's really bad. However, you didn't say how old she is....peeling fingers is also a symptom of strep...take her to the doctor. My eldest son (11 now) NEVER gets a sore throat or fever with strep...he gets either peeling fingers, a dry sandpaperish rash on his butt, or a little white film on his tongue...definitely take her to md just to be on safe side cuz if its strep, you don't want to mess around.

Katherine - posted on 12/07/2008

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i would try using some baby oil when she has her bath it is not itch or that its is not psoriasis it is like when my girls were new borns with the peeling skin i used baby oil and it cleared with in a week of using it

Gina - posted on 12/07/2008

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My cousin had the same thing growing up. We always thought it was odd that she peeled all the skin off her fingers and hands!! Her mom took her to the doctor and it did turn out to be some form of dermotilogical issue (I forget which one!). She was given a prescription and was good as new!

Tricia - posted on 12/07/2008

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I had just taken my son to the doctor for his ezema and he gave me a prescription cream and also told me that Vaseline is the best thing to put on for any dry skin. I would try putting Vaseline on her hands at bedtime, if she would put on a pair of thin gloves after you put the Vaseline on that would help alot. I know this works because I had burned myself and the spot got all red and very dry. I put Vaseline on it for a few days and it's all healed up. Just thought this would be another suggestion for you.

Amanda - posted on 12/07/2008

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Aquophor. It is in the lotion isle, made by Eucerin. My Hubby is a chef, and in the winter his hands have that happen. He bites off the skin...nice, right. I rub his hand with the Aquophor a few times a day, they heal very quicky. It is also great for diaper rash prevention and treatment. It comes in a dip jar, it is a bit expensive.

Cindee - posted on 12/07/2008

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there are some creams that will not irritate like lotions do. One is by Mary Kay - Extra Emollient Night Cream I think is what it's called. It looks funny because it's orange, but it's wonderful! I use it on my hands (I think I have exzema on my thumb - it peels like crazy and this seems to help). I also use this cream on mine (and family's) nose - you know when it gets sore from too much blowing? It's great for that. very soothing.

I also just found Hand Salve by Burt's Bees which is good too.

You may consider putting either one of these on at night and covering her hands (mittens?) or you could stick a band-aid over the worst part to let the stuff stay on and work overnight. The stuff is gooey so it's hard to have on your hands during the day.

Hope this helps!

Adriana - posted on 12/07/2008

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100% aloe vera never hurts and when she sleeps ( only if she does not put her hand in he mouth) put aloe vera and a Vaseline mixture on her hands and over them with plastic gloves by morning the mixture will have soaked in over night and she will not be dry like that or peeling. Sometimes the affect will last a couple of days. At first you may have to do it every night. Then when the raw is heeled you can use other lotions and meds on her skin

Aimee - posted on 12/06/2008

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i'll definitely do that! thanks renee. =) I am open to try just about anything. Minus things not proven and anything painful. I have joint custody of her and she is going to her dads tomorrow so unfortunately I have to see what he says to. Not that i wont make an appt anyway. he's just uhhhh smarter in these areas. lol. dont ever tell him i said that. ill deny it to my grave. hahahaha. Anybody else got something i can try? maybe a temp solution to reduce the dryness and sensitivity that wouldnt hurt like the lotion did.

Renee - posted on 12/06/2008

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I could be an allergy or beginnings of an ecxema or psoriasis issue. I would make an appt with a dermatologist to check it out.

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