How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Doctor Chip Your Own Question

Doctor Chip
Doctor Chip, Board Certified Physician
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 22799
Experience:  20 yrs practice, surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine, pain
18722459
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Doctor Chip is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

skin cracking/peeling on index & thumb rt/hand since august.

Customer Question

skin cracking/peeling on index & thumb rt/hand since august. have tried bacitration, neoposrum, cortizone 10 bag balm, vit. e oil, vit. d. a & d cream, bag balm, peroxide, also some home remedies w/raw onion/garlic. nothing has helped clear it up.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 3 years ago.

Is it only in the one area you describe? I take it you haven't had a doctor look at it? What you've tried so far has had absolutely no effect? Just as you describe, without any blistering?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
yes, since august only my point finger (index)? and my thumb have had this problem.. no other fingers!
no, i have not had a doctor look at it, since i do not have one , (cannot afford superfluous treatments right now. i am sure a dermatologist can help figure this out..
well, the creams all have a initial SOOTHING effect ON the areas.. BUT i see no improvement , each time i take off the bandages (several times a day) when they get wet, or dirty, i am facing the same issues of scaling skin segments, peeling layers, painful cracks forming, and again applying something/anything which will eliminate the pain /cracking .sometimes bleeding of this skin- when i move fingers or apply any pressure to the skin (like turning a door knob, or even pressing to flush a toilet...)\\

this is really difficult, since is on my right hand.
in august , now i have determined . the cause may have been when i was processing my elephant garlic, and shucking all the dead crusty leaves off..
(there were 100 lbs or so), i was not wearing gloves, and was so tired after/just went to sleep and did not even wash my hands till next day.
several days later, this problem appeared.
notthing i have tried has made it better. the bag balm, or any such sim. with petroleum jelly seems to help with the cracking of skin and just sooth that part.

yesterday while at supermarket pharmacy, pharmacist said it may be infected..
suggested the hydrocortisone 1% on shelf, then said if this last thing does not work, please go to a doctor. cortizone 10 and hydro cortizone same thing? cause neither have worked. she said it could go to the bone.. (infection? not sure what that means)
i'm needing a remedy that WORKS.

IF YOU KNOW what i'm talkin about here, and give me something that works,
i will pay an additional 10.00 when i see it's working.
we are poor right now. and can' t even afford the luxury of testing/analysis.
so your best guess as a doctor, would be /may be helpful to me at this time of need.
thanks .
t~

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
just checking, did you get the above description of my problem?
if not, here it is again:

yes, since august only my point finger (index)? and my thumb have had this problem.. no other fingers!
no, i have not had a doctor look at it, since i do not have one , (cannot afford superfluous treatments right now. i am sure a dermatologist can help figure this out..
well, the creams all have a initial SOOTHING effect ON the areas.. BUT i see no improvement , each time i take off the bandages (several times a day) when they get wet, or dirty, i am facing the same issues of scaling skin segments, peeling layers, painful cracks forming, and again applying something/anything which will eliminate the pain /cracking .sometimes bleeding of this skin- when i move fingers or apply any pressure to the skin (like turning a door knob, or even pressing to flush a toilet...)\\

this is really difficult, since is on my right hand.
in august , now i have determined . the cause may have been when i was processing my elephant garlic, and shucking all the dead crusty leaves off..
(there were 100 lbs or so), i was not wearing gloves, and was so tired after/just went to sleep and did not even wash my hands till next day.
several days later, this problem appeared.
notthing i have tried has made it better. the bag balm, or any such sim. with petroleum jelly seems to help with the cracking of skin and just sooth that part.

yesterday while at supermarket pharmacy, pharmacist said it may be infected..
suggested the hydrocortisone 1% on shelf, then said if this last thing does not work, please go to a doctor. cortizone 10 and hydro cortizone same thing? cause neither have worked. she said it could go to the bone.. (infection? not sure what that means)
i'm needing a remedy that WORKS.

IF YOU KNOW what i'm talkin about here, and give me something that works,
i will pay an additional 10.00 when i see it's working.
we are poor right now. and can' t even afford the luxury of testing/analysis.
so your best guess as a doctor, would be /may be helpful to me at this time of need.
thanks .
t~
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 3 years ago.
I understand your concern. I was asking for the information, since eczema, while it can affect only one certain area, is often more seen in various parts of the body. If there were blistering, that might change the type of eczema diagnosis, but the treatment stays about the same. There are prescription medications like tacrolimus and pimecrolimus creams that are immunomodulators and don't work the same as cortisone. As far as what you can try at home beyond what you've tried so far, here are some suggestions: 1) A paste made of camphor and sandalwood 2) Same, but a mixture of turmeric powder and bitter neem leaves 3) Nutmeg powder and water mixture 4) almond leaves mashed in water 5) Witch Hazel Most important is use a hypoallergenic soap and not keep the area overly moist.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
to answer your questions,
i have no exzema on other parts of my body.
contact dermatitus is what i personally believe it may be...

not blistering. although a photo of my fingers may be informative to you? please tell me how to post that?
taxrolimus, or pimecrolimus? how can i gain a script for that without the expense of routine visit and hundreds more dollars here??

home remedies; where can i get camphor and sandalwood?
tumeric, i can find, but bitter neem leaves? where?
i will try the nutmeg powder and some water ..while i await these answers.
since i have that in my resources.

any suggestions why i can not even straighten my index finger? (i'ts swollen a tiny bit)
cracks are still forming.
is vasoline or bag balm a good idea for applying so it doesnt dry/crack so easily?
any other thoughts?
nutmeg/water is my next try at this moment!
hope it works!
thanks in advance.
t~
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 3 years ago.
Well, contact dermatitis usually resolves when the contact to the offending agent is cut off. The prescriptions are just that--need to see a doctor for them. The ingredients are available at most heath food and supplement stores. The finger problem is probably from the skin tightening and the swelling. You can use the tree icon on this page to post the photo.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
i use ivory soap mostly. always did.

"Photobucket"></a>
"Photobucket"></a>
let me know if you can see photos.

Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 3 years ago.
Yes--see them very well. This is more than routine eczema or contact dermatitis. At the least it's an inflammatory type of eczema, and it may be a fungal condition. You might try Lamisil or Monistat cream, but this is severe enough that you may have to see a dermatologist for biopsy and cultures to find out what's really going on.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
the brown color is due to the nutmeg, and not permanent coloration to the problem.
is mostly red, pink and skin color normally.
the nutmeg was also soothing, as the other applications are when applied.
i will try more nutmeg overnight on it.

i will get some lamasil or monostat in the morning and see if either starts to clear this up.
will keep you posted! am hopeful one of these will remedy this
as soon as i see a sign of improvement i will accept your answer and if it indeed helps i will add 10.00 to the original price. it will be worth it , thanks!
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 3 years ago.
Let me know how it goes.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
ok, the choices at supermarket :
when looking at the lamasil, i see right next to it the lotimiin"ultra" that i just bought and tried VERY briefly (for12.bucks )..
it was VERY IRRITATING to this problem.so i have a full tubeof it now with nothing to do with that.(waste OF 12.bucks)
lamasil does the same thing that lotrimin does..correct??

if so, that will not be helpful, only irritate more.
so, i went back to the monostat feminine aisle.. and bought that.
now i am wondering what to do with these capsules which don't go on fingers..
?
also,am concerned if monostat has sim ingredients, and if it will be painful.

currently the cracks have appeared to be more than last night, looks like knife blades cutting through my skin.... and feels just as bad.

when skin hardens it cracks even more. so i have to keep moist, or soften with bag balm.

any more advice on this terrible problem??
.
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 3 years ago.
Unfortunately any topical could potentially cause the side effect you had, and, yes, both monistat and lotrimin are essentially the same. For now, I'd suggest soaking your hands until the peeling skin is very soft, then gently rubbing off the excess skin with a soft cloth. After that, try Eucerin cream and either cotton or hypoallergenic latex gloves that you can wear at night.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrThomasMd/2012-7-25_134438_Imagess1.64x64.jpg Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/mysticdoc/2012-6-8_15615_mysticdoc3.64x64.jpg Dr. D.J.'s Avatar

    Dr. D.J.

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    14679
    MD
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2562
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DrDLove/2009-08-12_141522_DrDLove.jpg Dr. D. Love's Avatar

    Dr. D. Love

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    11961
    Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/commissure/2011-4-15_192514_REISD20080926JR1090.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    10667
    Experienced Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.