Q. Like some of your readers, I get cracked fingers when it's cold. This year I decided to try something different. I had a place split open at the end of my thumb. I put Super Glue on it, held it together and let it dry. It worked beautifully.

Instant glue seals up the crack so there's no pain. When it starts washing off, I just put more on it until it's well. Works great!

A. Physicians have been using a product similar to instant glue to close cuts. The cyanoacrylate glue they use is called Dermabond. This is now also available to consumers in Band-Aid brand Liquid Bandage. It may be less irritating to the skin than household instant adhesives like Super Glue or Krazy Glue.

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  1. Cindi

    I have suffered with splits on my fingers for a couple decades. I’ve been using Super Glue on them. I am allergic to latex & adhesives & cannot wear bandaids (for more than an hour). I was diagnosed with systemic sclerosis Scleroderma (diffuse) 3 years ago. Without using this product, I would probably have lost most of my digits or fingers from ulcers by this time.
    It may sting for a few secs when first applied, but it not only stops the pain, it protects the opening from germs, and heals them, usually within 3 days.
    I have 13 Drs now, 1 being a dermatologist. She approves this method since I’ve been seeing her. There are articles in the offices supporting this method.
    I have used about every brand out there and have found Locktite brand, blue bottle, gel to be the best for me. I have used all the other skin adhesives ie: New Skin, Bandaid Liquid, with little satisfaction, they just don’t stay on for long and require multiple applications throughout the day.
    I hope this is helpful and informative.
    Cindi VA

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