Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

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RenaissanceMan
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Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by RenaissanceMan » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:14 pm

For some time now I have, on an on and off basis, little chaps on my LH finger tips, most frequently my 1st (index) and 2nd (middle) finger.
They are perpendicular to the grooves which are caused by the strings, but those (string)grooves are of no importance due to my calluses caused by
frequent practice. Those annoying and painful little chaps are forcing me to stop practicing and I have to wait until they completely disappear before I can start playing again. :(
I do not know if this is due to my "growing to age", but my questions to the forum members is :
Am I alone in the "Guitar World" with these problems here?
What can I do to prevent these little chaps?
Ramirez 1a 1979 cedar top

albert-canuck
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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by albert-canuck » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:18 pm

I had some problems with cracked skin from low humidity one year. I used Lubriderm to moisturize the skin just before bed time. Cracks disappeared.
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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by Ramon Amira » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:13 am

Chapstick. Works like magic.

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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:43 am

Bag balm. I just happened to have cows.

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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by joachim33 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:46 am

I have very dry hands. Since about a year I am using Neutrogena Handcreme, multiple times a day during winter time. It dramatically helped my hands. I only lost a few days last winter when I could not play/practice.

Was way worse in previous years when I had days I could barely use a computer keyboard.

Not sure this is available in the non-European markets.

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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by randalljazz » Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:09 am

burt's bees hand salve
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RenaissanceMan
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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by RenaissanceMan » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:54 pm

Thank you all for your replies. :D
I will certainly try to use hand cremes and see what results I will get.
For me it is of some relief that I am not the only one suffering from this inconvenience. It is of such
a frustration for me to be forced to stop practicing for some period (being long or short that does not matter)
due to this stupid thing.
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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by celestemcc » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:36 pm

If you're a beginner or coming back to playing after a long time, yeah, they can really hurt! All of the above suggestions are great. Be sure, by the way, to also protect your hands from dryness by using rubber gloves for any work that puts them in water for long periods of time (eg, washing dishes). Soon you'll develop plenty of callous and it won't be a problem anymore.
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RenaissanceMan
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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by RenaissanceMan » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:11 pm

celestemcc wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:36 pm
If you're a beginner or coming back to playing after a long time, yeah, they can really hurt! All of the above suggestions are great. Be sure, by the way, to also protect your hands from dryness by using rubber gloves for any work that puts them in water for long periods of time (eg, washing dishes). Soon you'll develop plenty of callous and it won't be a problem anymore.
But that is exactly why I turned to this Forum for advise: I am not a beginner. I am now 71 years old and play the classical Guitar starting from the age of 16. Only after my retirement around 10 years ago, I am playing/practicing about one/one and a halve hours a day.
This problem started last year and then just "faded away" but is now back again.
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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by celestemcc » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:59 pm

This problem started last year and then just "faded away" but is now back again.
Ah, very sorry! Perhaps you need to have a doctor check it, in addition to the excellent advice already given?

By the way, I have a 1978 Ramirez 1a!
2015 Connor spruce/Indian rosewood
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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by Steve Ganz » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:07 pm

There is a product called "Working Hands" that guarantees effectiveness on cracked skin on hands. I've used it. All the other stuff mentioned probably helps as well.
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Re: Painful chaps on my LH finger tips

Post by albert-canuck » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:57 am

celestemcc wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:59 pm
This problem started last year and then just "faded away" but is now back again.
Ah, very sorry! Perhaps you need to have a doctor check it, in addition to the excellent advice already given?

By the way, I have a 1978 Ramirez 1a!
Me too! A 1979 10 string version. It is taking me a while to get used to the extra wide neck though.
2004 Luis Sevillano Flamenco
1979 Ramirez 1a 10 String
1992 Paulino Berbabe M50
1968 Taurus model 56
2005 Dan Lankford 8 Course Renaissance Lute
2008 000 Bertoncini
2005 Breedlove C25 Northwest Classic
old German Lute Guitar

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