As long as any other second- or third-degree burn. It is a chemical
burn. Might be worth a trip to the doctor. It is easy to get infection
into tendons and joints when skin is broken on your hands, and if it
gets into a tendon, it follows the tendon - can be very nasty.
Yes 2.5 months but its not bad its always been the same its like rought
hard skin, just its on a finger joint so it keeps opening. Ive heard of
concrete guys getting concrete in their boots where it sits all day, I
always thought they were just complainers, I only had it on my hands 30
minutes, its probably the quick set formula is harder on skin..
The article I looked at said not to use greasy stuff, like petroleum
jelly, on such burns. It might help to get rid of any irritating stuff
that is there by soaking couple times a day in plain warm water. Might
also try a little cortisone cream that doesn't have oily base.
Not in the first several days, no, but what he's treating more than
two months later isn't a chemical burn, it's dry, cracked skin,
probably a bit of scarring, and possibly a low-level fungus infection.
For ANY wound that doesn't heal, you should find a doctor to look
at it, but OP is apparently unwilling to do that. Something to
with a DEA warrent, I guess. What's the stuff that you put on cow
udders? Bag balm. Bag balm would probably help.
Well, no, it isn't for sure a simple burn - most chemical burns burn,
wash it off, it heals and it's over with. A couple of articles I looked
at gave more particulars. Yes, there is initially a chemical burn.
From concrete, certain compounds (chrome being one) can remain in the
skin and cause allergic dermatitis. Allergic dermatitis is not "dry
skin", although it can certainly look the same.
I would agree that repeated exposure to cementious materials can cause
allergic dermatitis. I have a work acquaintance who is a concrete
expert (30+ years) & the skin on his hands look like they've been
dipped in acid.
I would hope that a single exposure would not cause allergic
dermatitis. The original exposure being is Nov (winter) & continuing
thru the new year would indicate to me....an unsoothed dry skin
m have you tried any of the suggestions? any improvement? are they
dry or cracked & bleeding?
PS I tried to fix the mixing of top & bottom posting but maybe screwed
Well im keeping it greased and its healing, so what started out as skin
being dryed from concrete most likely went to regular winter dryness.
But its still like sandpaper. Concrete pros must really have problems.
Can you imagine getting burnt cracked feet!
Definitely go with the bag balm. The cracks will disappear in about
10 days, but your skin will need protecting from lime/alkaline
products for the rest of your life. Keep rubber/latex gloves around
and use them befroe you touch any other chemicals.
If you google on concrete burns, you will find articles about how they
react. Concrete can leave behind trace elements that cause allergic
dermatitis. I knew a guy who mixed concrete with his feet in tennis
shoes - very nasty burns but they healed up pretty quick.
Are you putting some skin mositurizer on it to keep it from drying
out? This is especially important now, in cold weather. You should
do that at least a couple times a day, before bed is a good time. If
it's dry and keeps getting exposed to cold, washed frequently, etc,
skin can stay cracked/dry for a long time.
Agree. Reapply everytime you wash your hands too - we use Eucerin. I had an
open cut that won't close for weeks until I put Desitin on it. Wonderful
stuff with zinc oxide and if its good for a baby's ass it good enough for
me. YMMV, so see a doctor first like others suggested.
On Jan 26, 8:58 pm, email@example.com (m Ransley) wrote:
Depends on you (age, general skin condition) & where you live (cold,
dry winter is the worst time to heal skin damage).
Next time get that stuff off your skin frequently while working....a 5
gallon bucket of fresh water plus another one with water & a few
cups of vinegar.
Now that you skin is damaged; keep them clean but minimize washing, re-
moisturize after washing, clean/new gloves of some sort during the day
(if possible). Cracked skin is a problem, esp on the hands, so much
movement, hard to heal.
When my youngest kid would occasionally get MAJOR diaper rash, I would
literally "paint" his butt with Desitin; generally the rash would be
gone is a day.
Consider applying a libeal amount of Desitin at night & covering with
a light cotton / disposable glove....should be much better
Like chapped lips...easy / fast to get ......slow to heal :(
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