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Exfoliative Keratolysis

Exfoliative Keratolysis

It is a condition in which the skin on my fingertips hardens, splits and peels away, every 15 days or so.

It is painful and it is ugly. If you have ever had it, you know how painful, annoying and frustrating it is. You know that you can’t play guitar, eat spicy finger foods, or trace your finger over a lovers skin.
You can’t use dish soaps and shampoos and bleach is your mortal enemy. It looks like this, and feels as bad as it looks.

Why am I telling you all this? Because I have finally found something that helps.

I have tried many prescription creams, and many over the counter remedies. All to no avail.

Through online searching, I found something I had not given much hope to, Urea cream.

I had previously tried 10% urea cream, with not much luck, however, after much research, reading and experimenting, I have developed the following routine.

Please know that I have not cured this yet, and am still tweaking this, but it is helping, and I am out of pain, so I wanted to share now, rather than wait until the bugs were worked out.

The Treatment:

Each night before bed, I clean my hands with coconut oil. Rub it in well, then wipe it all off with a paper towel.

Slather hands in this

20% Urea cream. I’m not sure brand matters, this is what I could find. The important part is the 20% Urea. Don’t use the 10% at night, it’s not strong enough.

Put on surgical gloves, and leave on overnight. I leave the gloves on in the morning until after I have washed my hair and cleaned my body, so that no soap or detergents get on my hands.

Speaking of surgical gloves, I keep boxes all over the house. I want to be able to put on a pair to do anything that involves cleaning or chemicals.

I use Excipial 10% Urea

when I remove the gloves, and alternate this and CeraVe throughout the day.

Here, I believe brand does matter.

I use CeraVe anytime my hands get wet. I have had the very best results with this cream.

Avoid, and much as you can, any detergents, cleaners, etc. They will damage your skin. Avoid your hands being wet too long.

The Results:

I have been doing this for 10 days, and I am healing. These are not fast results, but my hands did feel better after the first night. I have never had results good enough to write about, and am hoping this continues to improve. I am going to contact my doctor about a 40% Urea cream for nighttime use. I will update you on the results, if he will prescribe it for me.




So, this simple recipe makes a fast and healthy lunch! I started making this when I got really tired of the same old salad every day.

HEB Power Slaw

2 Tablespoons Newman’s Own Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sweet Sue’s Chicken Breast pouch

Salt and pepper to taste


That’s it. You can sub any slaw mix (I like this one because if has kale and Brussel sprouts)and low fat dressing, and I often use Starkist Tuna instead of chicken.

I eat this a LOT, because it’s tasty, has lots of texture and is very healthy!




As you will see by my soon to come updates, I have been working on me.

I am now pressing hard to work out daily, and to eat right daily. Yeah, I don’t always make it, but, you gotta try, right?

My spouse has had some major health issues this year, and was recently told that she was “this close to being totally disabled”.

This was a wake up call for me. I realized that I had a choice. I could do all I can to get stronger, to take care of myself so that I can take care of this family, or a could wither, struggling to take care of myself, much less the challenges she will face. My son is only a teen, and I don’t want to put him in the situation to take care of us both, so I had to stand up.

My game plan is to beat the Fibro, the arthritis and hip surgeries. To beat the migraines and the high blood pressure. I need to be strong enough to take care of a sick wife, to spend long hours in the hospital at her bedside, and still have the strength to smile through homework help with the kiddo.

Basically, I need to get my cape out of storage, get it ironed, and learn to wear it, full time!

I know lots of you do this very thing, day after day. You have ill spouses, special needs children, mothers and father who don’t know who you are anymore. You work your asses off every day to bring light.

I read your stories, I cry with you. I also learn from you.

I learn how to be strong from you too. Since I have started working out, I have met lots of strong men and women who’s stories would break your heart, and yet, they lift me up, and I learn how to live grace, and how to be the strength my family needs.

So, this is where you find me today. Let’s move forward together, stronger, smarter and healthier.


So far, very promising results

I have had one Migraine since I started the prophylactic, and that was the first day.

I am having a little dizziness, and quite a lot of spaciness. Is it Excedrin withdrawal, the new meds? the steroids? I have no idea. Just working through the steroids and waiting to see how I feel after that.

Blood pressure is well controlled, so no worries there!

There have been many headaches, but they never last long, or get intense. Many times where I would have reached for Excedrin, Motrin or Tylenol, but don’t.

A great side effect of all of this are much more routine bathroom habits, daily in fact. Not sure which drug, or lack of drug is causing that either.

Great day to you all!



Sadly, they will do anything to get u to eat crap!

Getting it under control

I finally saw a nuerologist yesterday. Ireally liked him, smart, informative and well informed, he was easy to work with. We have laid out a gameplan to take control and hopefully prevent the migraines.

So, today is day one!

I start steroids today, along with magnesium suppliments and a preventative drug. I checked everything out, and am most concerned about the steroids. I have to be very aware of my reactions to keep from eating everything in the house, and to not get grumpy.
He also started me on and imitrex type drug, with hopefully fewer side effects, for the migraines that do happen.

He me give up Motrin, Tyenol and Excedrine.

Wish me luck. He warned me that the first month would be brutal.


Showing progress!

Look, its starting to come off!!


I keep meaning to get things done, but I’m a bit of a procrastinator.
Now, two things I constantly get behind on are CEU’s and balancing my checkbook.

So, I am setting aside lunch hour every day to balance checkbook, and twice a week, do a class online for CEU’s. I balanced the checkbook yesterday and today, and did a class today.

Normally, this time would be spent working, as I often work through lunch, or burned up by facebook. I am limiting myself on facebook time. I have long know it was a time suck, just didn’t realize how much time I waste on it. I am also trying not to work through lunches. I need the time to get my own things doen. Somedays, i just have to, but, it doesn’t need to be the norm, right?

Have a wonderful evening!


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