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Recurring dry, cracking, bleeding knuckles. History of working in hardware store. Reason?

Hello! I have a recurring dry knuckle problem. It cracks and bleeds, summer or winter. I am pretty sure I caught it while I was working at a hardware store. The bathroom was a mess and the soap dispenser a bacteria soup. I know it is not genetic, and would very much like it to disappear. Do you possibly know what it is?
Asked On : Wed, 1 May 2013
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The dryness over knuckles could have possible occured due to frictional injury or due to contact dermatitis to some irritant or allergen.
Treatment requires use of an intensive moisturising cream containing urea and lactic acid multiple times in a day. Use a potent steroid antibiotic cream to help the area heal. Wear gloves while working. Avoid contact with harsh soaps and chemicals.
Hope that helped.
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Answered: Tue, 4 Jun 2013
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