No calluses - falling off from work

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No calluses - falling off from work

Post by alittlelost » March 2nd, 2010, 10:25 pm

Hey -
New here, been lurking for quite a while though, and I love this place. Anyway, I've been playing anywhere from 1/2 hour to an hour a day nearly everyday for about 4 months. I work in a machine shop and so,my hands are constantly soaked in oil for my whole shift. Because of this my fingers refuse to form calluses. I guess there'snothing I can really do, but was wondering if anyone else has or has had a similar problem. I'm hoping that maybe my fingers will sort of harden off from the inside and maybe they won't hurt so much? Am I stuck with fingers that will always hurt?

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Re: No calluses - falling off from work

Post by dogbite » March 3rd, 2010, 4:31 am

don't worry. you will form callouses. it may take a little more than four months.

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Post by Minotaur » March 3rd, 2010, 5:05 am

Totally off the topic, is your avi of Kartikeya/Subrahmanya? Just curious.
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Post by greybeard » March 3rd, 2010, 5:21 am

Because your hands are wet all day, you may find that soaking your fingertips in surgical spirit for a few minutes daily will help callouses grow.
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Re: No calluses - falling off from work

Post by kent_eh » March 3rd, 2010, 2:25 pm

greybeard wrote:Because your hands are wet all day, you may find that soaking your fingertips in surgical spirit for a few minutes daily will help callouses grow.
FYI,
UK: Surgical Spirit = North America: rubbing alcohol

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Re: No calluses - falling off from work

Post by Wattsiepoops » March 3rd, 2010, 4:06 pm

I've been playing for three years, and my fingers still hurt when i play for prolonged periods.

Thats probably because i always end up chewing the calluses off the end of my fingers :shock:
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Post by chalkoutline » March 3rd, 2010, 6:01 pm

kent_eh wrote:
greybeard wrote:Because your hands are wet all day, you may find that soaking your fingertips in surgical spirit for a few minutes daily will help callouses grow.
FYI,
UK: Surgical Spirit = North America: rubbing alcohol

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Hikers and backpackers used to do this to the soles of their feet to toughen them up so it may work for fingers.
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Re: No calluses - falling off from work

Post by alittlelost » March 3rd, 2010, 9:15 pm

kent_eh wrote:
greybeard wrote:Because your hands are wet all day, you may find that soaking your fingertips in surgical spirit for a few minutes daily will help callouses grow.
FYI,
UK: Surgical Spirit = North America: rubbing alcohol

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Ahh, you confirmed my guess. Thanks
Thanks for all your replies...I guess it's like the old "watched pot never boils" thing, I'll stop watching and someday, I'll look at my fingertips and I'll have calluses...just seems like it's taking forever! I'll try the the "surgical spirits" and see if it helps to speed things along.

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Re: No calluses - falling off from work

Post by Blue Jay » March 4th, 2010, 7:20 am

That's the spirit Brian - it'll work and someday you will have callouses. 8)

Stevie Ray Vaughan had too much callousness??? :shock: , they sheared off and he re-attached them with Super Glue. :lol:
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Re: No calluses - falling off from work

Post by alittlelost » March 4th, 2010, 9:33 pm

Haha - maybe I need prosthetic callouses :lol:
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Re: No calluses - falling off from work

Post by Blue Jay » March 5th, 2010, 5:45 am

alittlelost wrote:Haha - maybe I need prosthetic callouses :lol:
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Post by greybeard » March 5th, 2010, 6:32 am

Julian Bream used to have callouses that made his finger-ends resemble the pads on camel's feet
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Re: No calluses - falling off from work

Post by boynamedsuse » March 6th, 2010, 10:32 am

Another thing that occurred to me (although I do not know if this would be a good idea or not) is to take a tip from the folks who practice Karate. They push their hands into sand and whatnot to strengthen their skin and cause callouses. Perhaps the use of a little alcohol (as suggested) and then poking your fingertips in sand for a few minutes might help as well. Good luck in any case.

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Re: No calluses - falling off from work

Post by MusicIsMyLife » March 6th, 2010, 11:23 am

boynamedsuse wrote:Another thing that occurred to me (although I do not know if this would be a good idea or not) is to take a tip from the folks who practice Karate. They push their hands into sand and whatnot to strengthen their skin and cause callouses. Perhaps the use of a little alcohol (as suggested) and then poking your fingertips in sand for a few minutes might help as well. Good luck in any case.
When I was a kid I used sand to help develop calluses instead of blisters when I was on the monkey bars. I would rub it over my palms and fingers.

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Re: No calluses - falling off from work

Post by Vic Lewis VL » March 6th, 2010, 5:13 pm

Would dipping one's fingers in rubbing alcohol, or surgical spirit, help strengthen fingernails? Elecktrablue once suggested - in answer to a similar question - a cream for rubbing into horse's hooves (I think!) for toughening up my wimpy nails...but I never found a UK supplier, and didn't find anything else that worked, either.

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