Getting older is so very much fun. I have “seasonal” arthritis in my wrists, base of the thumbs, and tried several things. One thing that helps every time is a paraffin dip. The relief lasts for varying times, depending on some set of variables hidden somewhere in the universe.
I looked at several units and bought one at Bed Bath, a Homedics for $39. Three things going for it are 1) it works every time, perfectly. 2) It is one of the least expensive. 3) It is very well made. The unit liquifies paraffin—about 130 degrees F, perfect for paraffin dips. If you find that a bit too warm, turn the unit off for 10 minutes before dipping you hand into the paraffin.
While some brands have a temperature control that adds another $40 or so to the price, the 130 degrees of the Homedic is neither too hot, nor too cool. Some reviews I read were from unhappy people who got minor heat irritation from “soaking” their hands in the melted paraffin. You don’t soak in the stuff; you dip your hand in and quickly remove it. Repeat twice more, put it in one of the supplied bags and let it cool. When I ran out of the initial supply of bags, I started using empty produce bags. They work as well and are free.
A paraffin dip gives nice, warm, moist heat. You don’t have to use lanolin lotion either, as the cool wax just peels right off. Paraffin refills are expensive, so I use the stuff available in blocks at the market. Same stuff used for canning jams and such. It’s about 1/3 the price of paraffin packaged like a boutique item. The warm, moist heat has been great. Maybe that can help with your hand.
updated by @phroedrick: 10/03/19 01:03:08PM