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Split skin in the nails during cold winters. Medications?

In the cold winter weather I often get split skin just where the side of my finger/thumbnails meet the end of the nail. The skin there becomes hard and small cuts/splits occur, these do not become infected but they are very very painful when you bump them or just doing everyday things Something like skin glue would be perfect, but I know glue isnt good for skin, there any treatment - medications - ointments available for this? Drives me nuts!
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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hi..thanks for your query.
The symptoms you mention , point towards a keratoderma happening on your fingers.There can be several causes for it.It can be familial in some cases, whereas it many be due to a particular skin disorder.For e.g..psoriasis can be one of the causes of the same.There might be associated nail changes along with ,like splitting of nail, pitting of the nails,thickening of the nail beds etc.
It is essential to visit a dermatologist to correctly identify the above .till then, you can apply a thick emollient on the affected areas to prevent them from fissuring.Ensure that each trim you wash your hands, you immediately apply the same and repeat the application several ties in the day.
hope this helps ..take care!
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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