Treatment of Finger Splits
Finger splits are cracks at the tips of the fingers. A mild discomfort for some, it may become painful and cumbersome to others who may experience difficulty doing simple tasks like writing or working. There are many causes of this condition, from extremely cold weather, fungus infection, exposure to cold then hot temperatures, malnutrition or vitamin deficiencies, hormonal changes and exposure to harsh detergents or soap. Contact dermatitis can also cause split fingers along with connective tissue disorders.
Some of the natural remedies or treatments include applying moisturizers to keep the fingers hydrated. Some may experience relief from the constant application of petroleum jelly or even Vicks VapoRub. Apply petroleum jelly on the fingers before going to bed then wear cotton gloves to protect the sheets. A band aid can also be placed on the fingers after applying petroleum jelly. Some say that finger splits may be an allergic reaction to latex and aloe. Latex is found in most appliances at home like the remote control, handles of kitchen utensils and car doors. When exposure to these materials is avoided, the occurrence of split fingers may be reduced.
An unorthodox home remedy for the condition is the use of super glue. The split is glued together just like surgeries where super glue is used instead of sutures. Udder cream is also helpful, use just like lotion. There are also hand creams specially formulated for the splits. Dehydration may also aggravate the condition, thus a humidifier may help alleviate the symptoms and problems. Staying hydrated also helps like drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, more so in dry and cold winter days. Soothing relief can also be obtained with the use of citronella based lotion. Citronella also contains antifungal properties which may help if fungus it the cause of the finger split. Care should be taken though when using strong doses, as the use of citronella oil can cause irritation.
Exposing the hands in front of the heater after being outside in the cold weather can also cause split fingers since dry heat will dehydrate the skin. Wearing protective gloves while working outside may help but this may also be part of the problem since being damp from sweat or moisture can also cause splitting. Health issues may alsobe the cause like Vitamin D and B deficiencies. Consultation with a doctor or a dermatologist may be needed when severe pain due to finger splits is experienced.