How to use liquid bandage for cracks on your fingers

Liquid bandage can be used to seal small cuts, fissures, and cracks including those on the hands and fingers.
Liquid bandage can be used to seal small cuts, fissures, and cracks including those on the hands and fingers.

Continuing on the theme of frequent handwashing, we will cover how to use liquid bandage (aka liquid bandaid) over those very pesky fissures and cracks which really likethe fingertips and can result from frequent water contact such as from handwashing.  Prevention is key, but if you’ve already developed those cracks, you’re probably looking for something to ease the pain.  Liquid bandage is an over the counter product sold at your local pharmacy or supermarket.  It’s essentially a super-glue to seal up your cracks.

How do you use liquid bandage? 

– First, clean the affected cut/fissure/crack

– Try to press the two sides of normal skin together if possible

– Apply a small amount over the area and let it dry

– You can apply extra coatings for extra sealage

How do you remove liquid bandage?

There are a few different ways. Check the box of your product.  For some, you can apply a fresh coating and simply wipe the whole amount off.  Otherwise, nail polish remover and oils can also remove the product.  You can also just let it fall off on its own.

One frequent complaint I’ve heard from patients is that liquid bandage HURTS and STINGS especially for larger cracks!  That’s because it may contain alcohols which really burn on open skin.  Once the product dries, it shouldn’t burn.  Several physicians have also recommended using superglue in place of liquid bandage but check with your doctor first.

Also, if liquid bandage doesn’t work for you, you can also try vaseline (petrolatum jelly) or petrolatum jelly based ointments.

What is your favorite remedy for cracked and fissured hands and fingers?

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