** Originally posted by elliott **
Here's the story: Both my thumbs are constanlty cracking and bleeding and crusty. My left thumb got so bad I could barely move it. I decided last week to tape my thumbs with masking tape overnight so they would not move and bleed. I got up and went to work and later in the day I noticed my thumbs were not crusty and dry. Instead they were smooth and very soft. True! So I did it again and after the third application my thumbs are still pink but the skin is a soft or softer than a baby's butt.
Here is my theory why it works and it is striclty theory. There must be some kind of mild acid in the adhesive. I can't find anything on the web that tells me what adhesive consists of chemically. The brand I use is "DUCT". I say that because there are many different manufacturers and there is surley different glue formulas.
I will caution you against putting alot of tape on as I did a couple nights ago and woke up with a "sweet" taste in my mouth. I was reminded of the Seifeld episode where George's fiance licks old envelopes and dies!! I doubt it is that dangerous but like anything proceed slowly.
Please do not think this is a joke. It is not I have had P for 20 years and I am sharing this discovery to try to help others. It is by no means a cure but my thumbs were an embarrassment and now they look pink only and very, very smooth. So please give it a try and if you are like me you will see big results after the first day. How long to leave the tape on, I have no ides. I left it on about ten hours. Good luck and I hope this helps someone.