Dermatology (Skin conditions)

Hand Care Advice

1. Hand washing
Use tepid water and soap without perfume or colouring or chemicals added. Dry carefully, especially between fingers.

2. When in Wet Work:
Wear cotton gloves under rubber gloves (or plastic if you are allergic to rubber). Try not to use hot water and cut down to 15 minutes at a time if possible. Remove rings before wet or dry work. Use running water if possible.

3. Wear gloves in cold weather and for dusty work.

4. Use only ointments prescribed for you.

5. Things to Avoid

a) Shampoo.
b) Peeling fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits.
c) Polishes of all kinds.
d) Solvents, e.g white spirit, thinners, turpentine.
e) Hair lotions, creams and dyes.
f) Detergents and strong cleansing agents.
g) "Unknown" chemicals.

6. Use "moisturisers" or emollients which have been recommended by your doctors - to counteract dryness.


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