Hand Care


This topic has been mentioned briefly before. I now want to share a bit more in detail my 'testimony' on how I once became a perfect school example of how to develop a really bad case of hand eczema, out of doing each and everything so wrong you possibly could, so that you all can learn from my mistakes. The condition itself is common. Especially in professions where the hands need to be washed regularly. And being extra cautious like me isn't helpful in this direction. 

 It all began during a couple of months when I was sent out to be the daily cleaner of a metal industry abundant in dirt. Of course I used their special soap, delivered in 5 liter containers, every time I took breaks to eat or when finishing my work. Yes it was probably tough, but I wasn't paying attention. Red button. As for most mass produced liquid soaps on the market today; Ouch. It's awfully harsh on your hands and most, me no exception, don't even know that this is the most common primary cause of hand eczema.

 Then added to this is the fact that I didn't have a proper lotion at hand. Didn't care to ask my employer for one either. Must have suppressed the urgent need during my lunches or something. Just kept on persuading myself that the skin on ones hands should be generally resistant to daily tear and wear. It payed later. Red button. In reality hands most often need to be moisturized after every wash.

 Read any document on this condition and you'll learn that the first symptom usually is a chapped spot, about the size of a coin, in one of your palms. It sure was. In my left hand. Made perfect sense. If you are right-handed like me you will likely push the pump with your right hand so that the pat of concentrated soap pours down in the palm of your left hand. Do this on repeat and the red buttons start showing off inside your palms.

 This all ended up horribly wrong. The entire skin covering my both hands got all red, itchy, scaly, infectious and flawed. Couldn't believe my eyes. Every moment in practice was hurting. On top of this I also got an allergic reaction from of only God knows what, resulting in that my hands got swollen to the point I couldn't see the knuckles. Left with two sore potatoes to work with.

 It took me about two months to recover from this and I did it by switching to a mild natural soap instead that I still today keep with me. It took time because it's even more important to keep clean when this happens, but it's possible if you stay gentle. About a year later the symptoms still started to show up again below my wrists. Now what? I like to, well ritually, wash my entire under arms off and on. And what can I say? Despite the usual discoloration of my hands after each treatment, it didn't occurred to me until later that the water I used was too hot. Another red button right there. Water needs to be lukewarm like the pads of a purring cat. I can now hereby verify that all those guidelines on how to take care of your hands safely are real. All of them.







  So finally, here is one green button. Did you know that regular old fashioned bars of soap usually are much gentler on your hands? That goes for the industrialized brands as well. Can at least be a good idea to have one at your own home. And a challenge. These procedures of mine started to run out of hand a bit the day I learned that the nono-bugs needed to be washed away mechanically.

 There are exceptions of everything though. One guy I used to work with for a short while some years ago now, said he never cared to moisture his hands even once without suffering any consequences, despite that he used the micro fiber cloths with his bare hands. These ones unfortunately have effect both ways. Some people are simply lucky enough to have a crocodile gene.