"As a Martial Arts instructor, I use my hands a lot (Self defense, sparring, blocking, etc.).
I developed these worrisome, small red patches about the size of a dime on three knuckles of my left and on the thumb and little finger on my right. At first, it was just mild irritation involving a persistent low level itch. I found myself absent-mindedly scratching at them, which only made them increase in size and irritation.
When they reached the size of a quarter, they drove me nuts. Then they grew even more - five large dry patches that merged into one horrible "rash" which cracked and bled every time I taught class. It was very noticeable and more than a little embarrassing. My students would constantly glance at my hands, as if they thought I might spread it to them. It made me terribly self-conscious and the itching and pain was awful.
I started using various hand creams - Shea butter, Bag Balm, Palmer's cocoa butter, and O'keeffe's working hands. Nothing helped as I gathered an expensive and useless collection.
I contacted three local Dermatologists who wanted at least $200 to even look at it and found out that prescription steroid cream averages $80 a tube. I was told that all together, treatment would probably total $1,000. I was desperate, but I didn't have that kind of money to spend.
The condition continued to worsen over the span of 18 months, and NOTHING seemed to help.
I self diagnosed my condition as "Pickers rash". The maddening itch causes you to scratch which causes more itching.
The ONLY thing I found that worked was Green Cream.
It provided an immediate relief to the itching and it felt amazing. After applying several times a day, I noticed the patches were healing in about a week and a half and were almost completely gone at around three months.
This is an outstanding product that I can't recommend enough. It's affordable and it works. What more could you want, except maybe to learn to make it yourself???"