By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 13 Comments
    How Can You Heal Your Cracked Fingertips?

    Cold weather seems to put a lot of stress on fingers and thumbs. For some reason, splits and cracks in the skin near the fingernail seem to be far more common at this time of year. What can you do to …

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Solve Cracked Fingertips with Coconut Oil

    As the temperature drops outside, so does the humidity. Cold air holds less moisture. It won't be much better inside in most cases, as heating tends to dry air out. It is no wonder so many people are…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2015 9 Comments
    How Can You Heal Painful Cracked Fingertips Quic…

    Winter can be hard on the hands. Every year we hear from people with painful cracked fingertips triggered by cold weather. Washing the hands multiple times a day to try to fend off viruses that can c…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2015 3 Comments
    Simple Solutions for Cracked Fingertips

    Fingertips that crack and split are a bane of wintertime, when the weather is cold, indoor air is dry and people are washing their hands frequently to avoid germs that could cause colds and flu. Once …

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2015 52 Comments
    Train Conductor Needs Help for Painful Cracked F…

    Dry skin can be especially challenging in the winter, when cold dry weather seems to make it worse. At this time of year, we frequently hear from people struggling with cracked fingertips. These can m…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2015 25 Comments
    Brutal Winter Causes Excruciating Dry Skin

    It is February, and already some places are getting an unusually early taste of spring. Chances are that winter isn't yet over, though. How are your hands holding up? Are you suffering with uncomfort…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2015 18 Comments
    Nurse Uses Nail Polish to Heal Split and Cracked…

    Q. I'm a nurse in a hospital. Talk about hand washing! Good lord, that soap and foam dispensing anti-bacterial is evil on the hands. No time to lotion between hand washing either. And with winter here…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2014 24 Comments
    Caring for Cracked Fingertips

    Q. I never suffered from split fingertips before, but I finally understand why people complain. My index finger has split open along the edge of the nail. It hurts to button my shirt or to use the com…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2013 46 Comments
    Suffering From Sandpaper Skin & Cracked Fin…

    Dry skin is a common problem in the winter, and it can often lead to split, cracked fingertips. One of the most basic recommendations is to keep the skin well moisturized. But what moisturizer is best…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2012 87 Comments
    Speed Healing of Cracked Fingertips

    Q. Every year during the winter months, I have a problem with my thumbs cracking at the edge of my thumbnails. It takes weeks for them to heal, and the cracks are very painful. They do not respond to …

    By: Terry Graedon November 27, 2011 42 Comments
    Coping with Cracked Fingertips

    There are some common problems that may not warrant medical treatment. Cracked fingertips are a great example. At this time of year, when the air inside is dry and we start washing our hands more freq…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2010 19 Comments
    Readers Offer Tips for Cracked Fingertips

    This is the cruelest time of year for your delicate dermis. If you have been following public health recommendations to wash your hands every time you touch something like a doorknob, an elevator butt…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2010 40 Comments
    Frequent Handwashing Wrecks Fingertips

    Q. I am a preschool teacher and have to wash my hands dozens of times a day in the attempt to avoid colds and flu. I am suffering the worst case of dried-out winter skin I can remember with deep painf…

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2007 163 Comments
    Cracked Fingertips Add To Winter’s Misery

    Compared to most health problems, cracked fingertips seem trivial. But anyone who has ever struggled with sore painful fingers will tell you they can turn normal daily activities into agony. A reader …

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2004 5 Comments
    Winter Skin Problems Bring Misery

    In the grand scheme of things, dry skin, rough nails and cracked fingertips are not serious health problems. But they certainly can make life miserable. Writing a check or buttoning a shirt with crack…