Home Remedy: you use what… where?

 

I’ve got a chronic problem with cracked fingers.

Not just cracked skin, but gaping splits where the nail ends and the fingertip begins. Cold weather triggers the problem and cracks appear overnight, as though I’ve been juggling a butter knife in my sleep.

Visually, these razor-thin cracks are unimpressive. A paper cut offers more blood and gore.

But they are painful. Really painful. Sometimes I feel the skin separating.

(And please, spare me the “gloves” lecture. You try prying open a horse supplement container or opening a rusted, double-end snap while wearing gloves. It’s a nice thought but gloves hamper progress. And yes, I’ve tried hand salve — or as Martin inadvertently calls it — hand “slave.” Neither salve nor slave helps.)

Recently I was hanging with my neighbor Sarah, belly-aching about my split fingers. She listened, then held up her hand.

“Yea I have those, too,” she said, revealing cracks that made mine look minor league. “Everyone around here has them. From the cold weather.”

Her tone and expression seemed to say more: finger splits are part of the deal… get over it.

But then Sarah offered a little advice:

“Do you know what I do, what a dermatologist told me to do?” she said. “I use Krazy Glue. Squirt it into the cracks. Seals ’em up.”

I looked at her skeptically. Krazy Glue? A dermatologist told you to use “Krazy Glue”? Doesn’t that violate the cardinal Krazy Glue rule: Do not apply to skin? If product adheres to dermis, seek medical attention. Isn’t that etched on the label? I imagined that 1980s TV commercial depicting the construction worker, haplessly flailing while his hat appears bonded to a steel girder overhead.

Fast forward to 9:30 pm, a week ago. I am tearing apart the house like a drug addict, ransacking desk drawers for a hit. Krazy Glue? Where’s the damn Krazy Glue? I discover an old curled tube and though I spear the tip with a pushpin, the glue’s dried up.

The following day, I bought a new tube of Krazy Glue… that magical adhesive touted for its strength and versatility. Bonds plastic, rubber and metal, tile or linoleum. Sets in seconds.

Works well on skin, too.