Electrical tape fixes splits in man's fingers


April 15, 2001|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate

Q. My husband works in construction finishing Sheet-rock. Sandpaper and spackle dust dry his hands out so the tips of his fingers are often split and painful.

A friend suggested wrapping the split fingertips with electrical tape. Amazingly, his fingers healed in a couple of days. This is a trick of the trade I thought you would like to know.

A.Thanks for this remedy. People also report success putting Vaseline, Vicks VapoRub, Bag Balm or Udder Cream on their hands at night and covering them with cotton gloves.

In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them in care of the People's Pharmacy, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717, or e-mail them at their Web site (www.peoplespharmacy.com) on the HealthCentral.com network.

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