Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Dr. Neill Schultz is a leading, board-certified dermatologist has maintained a thriving medical practice, Park Avenue Skin Care, on the Upper East Side of New York City for the last 30 years. He focuses on general and cosmetic dermatology, seeing over 10,000 patient visits per year. This month, Dr. Schultz offered an unconventional (and helpful, some would say) use for Krazy Glue.
The colder, dryer weather brings its own set of special seasonal skin problems, including very painful fingertip or heel cracks. But as painful as they may be, they're amazingly easy to fix, especially if you treat them early. Once cracks appear, 24/7, apply a generous amount of any ointment like Vaseline, Aquaphor, or antibiotic ointments like Bacitracin and Polysporin, and cover the ointment immediately with a Band-Aid. Reapply as often as needed to keep the ointment in, and within two to three days you'll see a great improvement. And, as crazy as this may sound, if you catch that crack early, and don't want to reapply ointments and wear Band-Aids, apply a few layers of Krazy Glue over the crack. You'll get rapid healing and pain relief. When it's better, don't pick off the dried glue; allow it to peel off naturally in one to two weeks.
I'm sorry, doctor, but that's nuts. There is no good reason to avoid Band-Aids, Steri-Strips (which were designed to close wounds), or other products that don't require weeks to peel off naturally. The directions for Krazy Glue are very specific about avoiding skin contact. I'm sure the Krazy Glue makers were serious. Doctors use prescription drugs for off-label purposes, but I've never heard of using Krazy Glue for off-label skin problems. I think this situation calls for a warning: Don't try this at home.
If you would like to see his tips - and others that actually make sense - head over to DermTV.
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