BAG BALM you say?
Yes BAG BALM I say!
I am now officially a BIG FAN of this stuff!!!
NEVER in my WHOLE LIFE have my hands cracked like they have done since the last round of Prednisone.
There are two deep cracks in every finger I have...yes even my thumbs.
It's like both of the side edges of every fingernail just sliced open the skin as they grew past the tips of my fingers.
Every finger hurts.
There are multiple cracks on my knuckles, one of them started bleeding today.
And my hands look like I am 310 years old right now.
The Prednisone (Asthma related medication) has attacked other areas of my body too, but that's a different story for another time.
Anyway, one of the multiple errands that we ran today, was to get the antidote to all of this cracked hand stuff.
We went to an Animal Feed Store...thats right...to get Bag Balm.
Because I remembered a conversation from about 20 years ago...with one of hubby's Aunts.
She and her husband have livestock, cows and horses, and she swears by an old product called Bag Balm (originally made for cow udders)...that she uses on her own hands.
She told me that it's the only thing that keeps her hands from cracking, and she told me that I should remember the Bag Balm name in case my hands ever got severely dried out for any reason.
Her words came back to me today.
Sooo in desperation, and for the first time in my life...we bought Bag Balm and I slathered that stuff all over my poor hands...
...and the relief was instantaneous.
It's been about 3 hours since I used it and my hands feel so much better just from that one application.
Tonight I shall slather them again...and put soft cotton socks on my hands overnight...and maybe tomorrow I'll wake up with healed hands.
The consistency is alot like Vaseline...but I tried Vaseline the other day and it did NOT help my hands. Bag Balm has Lanoline in it and contains an Antiseptic as well.
It's WAY better than just plain Vaseline.
It comes in several sizes...this 10 ounce tin cost me just under 8 bucks.
Likely you guys already know about this stuff, but if you don't, here's a picture of it.
Also found a reference about Bag Balm (haven't read it yet, but likely will take a look).
"Bag Balm: Problem-salving for all", John Curran, Associated Press, January 31, 2010
If there is anybody else out there with dry cracked hands...Woot Woot Get Bag Balm!