Allergy & Asthma Associates-Patient Education
Hand Care Instructions
- Protect your hands when doing any kind of wet work (dishes, laundry,
washing floors, washing cars, etc). Also protect your hands when peeling potatoes and
- Use two layers of gloves. The inner layer should be thin cotton
gloves (dermal gloves). The outer layer should be vinyl gloves. Do not use latex gloves
(Playtex gloves or latex medical examining gloves). . " Replace
the outer vinyl gloves when they tear or become wet on the inside. Change the inner vinyl
glove every two hours during prolonged use. You may wash the the cotton
- Apply a fragrance free ointment (Aquaphor, Cetaphil, Eucerin or
Vaseline) to your hands every time you wash your hands. Fill a dispenser with your
favorite ointment and place it by every sink in your house, on your desk, in the bathroom
at work and in your car. If you don't see the ointment you won't use it and it won't do
you any good.
- Apply the prescription medication to your hands twice a day. It is
helpful to cover your hands with thin cotton gloves (dermal gloves) for twenty minutes
after applying the medication.
- At night time, soak your hands in warm water for ten to fifteen
minutes. Shake off excess water, but do not dry your hands. Take a huge portion of white
petrolatum (Vaseline) and apply a thick coat to your hands. Cover your hands with thin
cotton gloves (dennal gloves). Wear the gloves all night long. Take the gloves off in the
- Wear leather or heavy duty-duty fabric gloves when doing dry work or
- When outdoors in cold or windy weather, wear unlined leather gloves
to protect your hands from drying and chapping.