Dry hands/lotion

  1. After constantly washing your hands all day, what do you use to keep your hands soft, if at all? I had a friend who worked as the unit secretary at a hospital several years ago...anyway, there was a scabies scare for several weeks. I would go up there on her breaks(she was my bestfriend, joined at the hip and worked 3-11pm). During the scabies scare, after spending ANY amount of time at the hospital, I started washing my hands ALL the time. Doesn't matter what I get on my hands now, I constantly wash them. It grosses me out that some people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom. I use a paper towel to open the door just-in-case.

    Especially now that I'm going into nursing, I know I'll be washing my hands to infinity and beyond. Is there anything to do to keep them from drying out after washing frequently. Enquiring minds want to know!
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   live4today
    I always carried a small bottle of hand lotion in my pocket when on duty so I could apply the lotion immediately after washing my hands. I also bought a huge bottle of hand lotion for the unit I worked on, and kept it at the sink off the nurses station for all the staff to use. I recommend Keri lotion or Vaseline Intensive Care lotion for use at work.
  4. by   RNConnieF
    Udder Cream. Yes that's really the name. It comes in a tube with cow spots on it. The cream really was developed to keep cows udders soft. It softens without being slippery.
    Connie
  5. by   live4today
    Originally posted by RNConnieF
    Udder Cream. Yes that's really the name. It comes in a tube with cow spots on it. The cream really was developed to keep cows udders soft. It softens without being slippery.
    Connie
    I've heard of that cream myself, but never used it. I will look for it since I've heard it's great to use for troubled hands which nurses have a lot of...also good for daycare workers who wash their hands a lot when caring for the diapered bunch.
  6. by   nursejws
    I've seen that Udder Cream at Walmart. I'll have to look into that...I think it's located right next to the BUTT PASTE. I kid you not, thats what it's called. I'm guessing it's for diaper rash...it's located in the pharmacy area.
  7. by   CashewLPN
    butt paste is basically diaper rash ointment.... and, the company does have promotional tee shirts and a baby bib.
    --Barbara
  8. by   Ted
    Originally posted by RNConnieF
    Udder Cream. Yes that's really the name. It comes in a tube with cow spots on it. The cream really was developed to keep cows udders soft. It softens without being slippery.
    Connie
    I've learned about this from a patient many years ago! It really seems to works nicely!!

    Ted
  9. by   indeed
    Aye, udder cream is good and so is eucerin original. I don't care so much if my hands aren't soft, it's when they start to turn red and chapped...eventually my knuckles bleed. So every day I drown them in eucerin before I go to bed in the morning and that's all it takes for me. Convenient because I don't have to take any of it to work with me.

    Indeed.
  10. by   CathyCatheter
    another good one to try is Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. It comes in a little 2 oz tube, for you only need a little bit at a time. I usually use it before I go to bed.
  11. by   aimeee
    Yes, Cathy is right! That Norwegian stuff is great for heavy duty chapping. I have some Udder Cream but I don't care for it that much. Its okay for maintenance but not very helpful if you already have a problem.

    For really badly chapped hands try this: before going to bed lotion well, cover with a thin film of vaseline, wear cotton gloves or socks over your hands to bed. This is for when they are so bad they are splitting and bleeding. (My son's do this in the winter--he never takes time to dry his hands!) After about 3 nights they are completely healed.
  12. by   nursejws
    Have any of you ever had your hands waxed? My sister got one of those waxing things...I forget what they're actually called, for Christmas one year...I've yet to try it.

    I hate for my hands to feel so dry and rough. Are all of the lotions and creams mentioned above greaseless? I know vaseline's not, but that involves gloves when you're in bed.
  13. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by nursejws
    Have any of you ever had your hands waxed? My sister got one of those waxing things...I forget what they're actually called, for Christmas one year...I've yet to try it.

    I hate for my hands to feel so dry and rough. Are all of the lotions and creams mentioned above greaseless? I know vaseline's not, but that involves gloves when you're in bed.
    I have the parafin wax bath for my hands and it works great you slather a good lotion on your hands (I have even used vaseline) and then dip your hands in the wax about 7 to 10 times and put plastic bags over them and sit for about 30 minutes. Really soothes and softens the hands.

    As far as hand lotion goes I like Caress Silkening body lotion.
  14. by   nursejws
    Originally posted by nursejws
    I hate for my hands to feel so dry and rough. Are all of the lotions and creams mentioned above greaseless? I know vaseline's not, but that involves gloves when you're in bed.
    :roll :roll

    I can't believe I wrote that...it sounds HORRIBLE! What can I say, I'd been up studying for a Biology test and it was way late. :zzzzz

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