I don’t think this falls under “medical advice,” as there’s really nothing to be done for the thing but wait for the skin to knit back together; this isn’t really the sort of thing you’d consult a doctor for. It seems more like when the doctors sent my infant sister home in a cast from hips to ankles and just let my mom figure out how to diaper her.
Mr. S has an area of split skin next to the nail on his right thumb. It’s been there for a couple of weeks. Normally you’d just wrap a Band-Aid around it and let it heal, right? Well, he works as a nursing assistant at a veterans’ home, which means he washes his hands and changes gloves approximately 768 times a day. So Band-Aids (if I understand correctly; he’s asleep right now) are a no-go except at home.
It was on its way to healing up, but last night it split again, “luckily” right at the end of his shift. He came home rather pissed off and frustrated.
So I ask Dopers, especially those who wash their hands a zillion times a day, which of course includes doctors and other healthcare people, but also restaurant workers and I can’t think of who else this early in the day. Any suggestions? I thought maybe there’s some kind of “liquid skin” or something he could paint on to protect it. I don’t think he can simply keep a glove on it under the work gloves; he needs to bare his hands to wash them. He had a rare 3 days in a row off last week, but apparently that wasn’t enough to let the thing close up completely.