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I 22 TUESDAY. DECEMBER 6- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 2011 HEAL FITNESS James in Grdsham, Ore. had to Cape Gazette There are some common problems that may not warrant medical treatment. Cracked fin- gertips are a great example. At this time of year, when the air inside is dry and we start washing our hands more fre- quently to ayoid catching colds, many people fend that the tips of their fingers become sore and even split open. While not a medical emergency, this is a constant annoyance in daily life. It becomes difficult to button clothes, use a computer key- board or peel an orange. Our readers come to the res- cue. Many have had experience with this problem and have learned ways tocope with it. They are eager to share their remedies with others. Here is a sample of some of their suggestions: "I am a physician who hunts a great deal in the winter, [have a problem with my fingers split- ting open when I am outside a lot in cold weather. The very best thing I have found is O'Ke- effe's Working Hands. I apply it heavily to my fingertips every night," Another reader offered a dif- ferent solution: "I work outside at night in the coldest of cold nights in Min- -nesota. What works best is Vase- line applied several times during the night. When I get home I ap- ply it liberally again and then put on inexpensive cotton gloves be- fore bed. My sheets stay clean audrey cuticles are pain free all winter long." People also try ointments de- signed for other uses: "I use a dab of Preparation H ointment on my cracked fingers. I cover the spot with a bandage and it heals overnight." One young mother has come up with a novel idea: "Alaska winters and caring for a toddler combine to wreak havoc on the same finger and both thumbs every winter. My current scheme is to cut the fingers off rubber gloves, apply large amounts of Aquaphor over the splits and wear the cut-off fin- gers of the gloves. I switch to full gloves whenever my hands are immersed in water or I'm using cleaning supplies. If I can't use salve, I switch to liquid band- age." We are especially fond of Ud- derly Smooth Udder Cream. The manufacturer is Redex In- dustries and they have been sponsoring The People's Phar- macy radio show and website for years. They offer wonderful- ly effective products at a very reasonable cost. Here is what say: "I had cot on my tinge: cracks woul help of Neol es) others w appear. The using paper ed using Ud has lanolin i constant pai hard to butt, cracked ring lems. Please A differen with this: " for my knuc hands, I foul for cracked glue (ethyM commonly s names like 5 Krazy Glue) the crack se: heal. When alternative t wounds afte Not all aPl ing cracked topical treat found an on tion for flax and it work( capsule eve] years and n( ;taut painful cracks s. When current [ clear up (with the porin and bandag- mid immediately ;olution: I stopped owels. Also I start- ler Cream, which it. I went from (in which it was n my shirt) with .'rs to zero prob- pass it on"....Iames reader weighed in bile I use creams des and backs of my d the best remedy Lngertips is instant cyanoacrylate, )ld under trade aper Glue and A little squirt on ls it and allows it to mentioned this to a pharmacist, informed[ me that the product gras developed as an sutures to seal 'surgery." ,roaches to prevent- ingertips rely on aents. One woman ine recommenda- eed oil: "So I tried it L I have taken one t day now for four a single split or cracked fmg r since." . Another r ader got results from a diffe] mt supplement: Jelly Sussex Eye Center is at 18335 Needs Fund Br Coastal Highway in Lewes.cer Center.' Walk-ins are welcome, but The bou Make appointment for space is limited. Call 302-645- gifts and free glaucoma screen 8881 for an appointment,brands as gifts for ev Sussex Eye Center will offer a Blooming Boutique to opportunity free glaucoma screening with Dr. Michael Rebarchik from lto 4:30 host shopping event as it is donal evening sale p.m., Thursday, ]an. 12. The Blooming Boutique at 107 vivors Fund The screening includes a vi- 2nd St., Lewes will host a charity There wi sion assessment, measurement shopping event from 5 to 8 p.m.,. of eye pressure, optic nerve eval- Friday, Dec. 9, to benefit the Sus- uation and assessment and dis- sex County Cancer Survivors cussionwith Rebarchik.. Fund for the Patient Special "My problerp of cracking finger- tips ended completely when I started takir g a daily vitamin D3 supplement I started at 1,000 IU per day, thin 2,000, and now I at the Tunnell Can- ique, with unique amiliar designer ell as local artists' ry wish, offers the to shop for a cause ng 25 percent of the to the Cancer Sur- be free gift wrap- ping and a q: hristmas Wish List. Light refr{eshments will be served. / COASTAL HYP), take 35 IU per pound of body weight, as recommended by vi- tamin D researchers. I no longer need to put lotion on my hands unless I wash dishes without gloves." It may take experimentation to find what will work best for your cracked fingertips. With so many remedies to choose from, we hope one will ease this painful condition. Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist, and Teresa Graedon is a medical anthropologist. Write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 888 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, or at Gabriel J. Somori, M.D. Coastal Pain Care Physicians, P.A. 1606 Savannah Road, Suite 1 Lewes, Delaware 19958 Will be closing the medical practice as of 12/22 11. Patients may call the office at 302-645-2664 to pick-up copies of their medical records until that time. After 12/22/11. patient medical records will be available at the following location m care of Dr. Manonmani Antony: Sussex Pain Relief Center 20728 DuPont Blvd., Suite 317 Georgetown, Delaware 19947 302-648-CARE (2273) 91 inertca Clioice in Ylomecare., /t4g:t Ange (302) 329.-9475 Senior Care B From A Few Hours To 24/7 Care Light Housekeeping Meal Preparation Errands/Shopping/Appointments Hygiene Assistance Compassionate Companionship Respite Care For Families