Itch – Scratch – Itch – Scratch – Itch
Bumpy, swollen, red fingers
When we were traveling for a year I wondered ‘how was I going to manage the itch abroad?’
Whether we were in Iceland, Morocco or in-between I needed a quick, easy-to-pack, inexpensive remedy to heal my itchy hands that worsened with washing. Avoiding cooking, cleaning or washing was not an option. Rubber and latex gloves worsen my hand eczema unfortunately.
I tried various creams. No health insurance. Didn’t want to spend hundreds to visit a physician to get an Rx; typically a steroid cream. Steroids thicken the skin; don’t like that.
Then I discovered ‘Chap Stick’. Really? Isn’t this a petroleum product!!! (Vaseline is petroleum jelly for example) Argh!!!!
I never liked the thought of putting petroleum products on my skin- still struggle with this thought.
I rubbed the patches of eczema with chap stick and guess what? It worked. My hands cleared up. I could wear my wedding ring more often and well, my hands looked better. Chap Stick fits in my pocket. Ahhhh – portable relief
The story doesn’t stop there. Later bought a small jar of thick Nivea cream. Again, my mind is saying ‘oh no, preservatives, chemicals, yuck’ and ‘do I really want that on my skin?’ I decided to try the cream. The result? My hands look and feel so much healthier. Although I was banned from using anyone’s computer keyboard, ‘Mom, my keys are greasy!’
Soon after our return to the U.S. I lost my Chap Stick. Shopping for a new one I found many came in ‘flavors’. I tried one with peppermint – so irritating to my skin. I didn’t want to smell like a berry, peach or vanilla bean either. Finally I found a plain ole Chap Stick. My hands never looked better.