This video from a respected dermatologist explains several ways to heal painful, cracked fingertips and what causes them in the first place.
Split fingers occur when the fingers of the hand are dehydrated or extremely dry. There are a number of causes and more than a few tips and cures for this dry skin problem. But most of the time, a dry skin problem is a reaction to an irritant and sensitivity of the skin. Most irritants are commonly associated with contact dermatitis but the most identified substances that causes finger splits are latex and certain ingredients in hand lotions like aloe vera or coconut oil.
Aloe vera is known for its healing properties and is a popular ingredient in lotions and creams. But when one is sensitive to the compounds of aloe vera, using creams with the plant extract may aggravate the dry skin problem rather than alleviate it. Although coconut oil is discovered to be hydrating and moisturizing as well, some individuals may be sensitive to this ingredient. Identify which ingredient in a product aggravates or alleviates the condition and take it from there. Curing split fingers may be a hit or miss for some as some home treatments or commercial hand lotions may or may not help give relief.
Exposure to latex or plastic may also be a cause of split or cracked fingertips. Avoiding latex may be more difficult to achieve than one may think since most household appliances or utensils contain or is made of latex. The TV remote control, plastic bags, or even paper can cause dry skin. Apparently, applying petroleum jelly on the hands and wearing latex gloves to bed may have worsened the split finger problem rather than curing it. Limiting exposure like holding a cloth between latex surfaces may help at least until the cold month passes.
Cracked fingers may be a discomfort to be had during the cold winter months, just like chapped lips and dry skin but other than flying south, some steps can be made to prevent or at least reduce the occurrence of the problem. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water and juices may help, along with taking supplements for Vitamin E, D and B. Limiting the use of dehydrating products like hand sanitizers as well as frequent hand washing with harsh soaps and detergent will also help. Caring for the fingers and hands is a must during the winter months so look for products that do not contain harsh vegetable oils even if they are labelled natural and organic. With a bit of shopping and research, dry finger splits may be avoided or reduced.