Frequently Asked Questions Answered
What are finger fissures?
Finger fissures, also called rhagades or cracks, are a very common dermatological condition experienced by many people. These cracks are a result of excessive dry skin of the fingers, nailfolds and interphalangeal joints causing nuisance, discomfort and pain, interfering with the ability to do any work. Especially writing can become very painful when cracks appear on the finger tips.
Finger fissures are more prevalent in the winter: a combination of dry air and cold weather results in a reduced blood circulation in the skin, causing the skin to dry excessively in sensitive persons. Where initially small cracks will develop on the dry, hard and thickened skin of the fingers, deeper painful cracks may develop, especially in prolonged contact with water and detergents.
Without proper treatment, small finger fissures can develop into open wounds and become infected, leading to systemic infection.
Anyone can develop finger fissures; however some conditions including extreme washing of hands, increased exposure to some chemicals such as alcohols can accelerate their development.
The development of finger fissures is also often observed in pathological conditions: for instance in patients with systemic diseases such as diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, or suffering from skin problems such as atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, hand eczema, fungal infections etc., finger cracks can develop into deep fissures.
How does FingerFix help?
FingerFix is a film-forming cream used for local treatment of cracks on the fingers. The product has unique pain reducing and healing properties by creating a thin protective layer on the affected finger skin crack.