Q. The skin around my nails becomes dry and rough, and within a few days the skin cracks open. I’ve found that using a nail file to smooth away the rough skin helps to avoid the cracking. If the cracks still appear I put on a dab of Polysporin and a bandage at night and the crack usually heals within a day or two.
A. Readers of this column have been offering remedies for split and cracked fingertips for years. Some of their favorites include instant glue or liquid bandage to seal the split. Others use ChapStick or a heavy-duty moisturizer. Rubber gloves can help protect hands from detergent, which is very drying.

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  1. Steve

    I got here mostly by accident but absolutely swear to the effectiveness of Betain HCL. I had one badly cracked foot ever since Vietnam in the 1970’s and searched endlessly for a cure. Until Betain HCL the best I could recommend was Omega 3 fish oil internally and Miracle II hand cream to yield moderate relief. After taking Betain HCL my bum foot was noticeably improved the next day, substantially improved in a week and after about a month was virtually the same as my other, virtually perfect for it’s 70 year age, foot. I knew of but never used Betain HCL as a digestive aide but was blown away by its virtual immediate and effective cure of my one groady foot. Best wishes to you all, Steve

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