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theshred201


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Hello Everyone,

I'm a relatively new climber, and long story short, by the end of my trip to the gym last time I had two flappers. Personally, I just bit off the extra skin at the time--that's not what my question is about. They weren't quite deep enough to actually bleed at the time, there was still a very thin layer of skin left. Since then however, both of them have cracked a bit and bled a little.

Now at this point it may not be worth really trying to do anything, but for future reference, is there anything to do afterwards to help prevent the skin from cracking? I was thinking that some lotion or something probably would have helped.

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Griffin Nosenzo


thatguyat99


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Neosporin or some other topical antibacterial. It will help heal faster and help keep the skin supple.


Kartessa


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l00b yer skin

oh, and new skin


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After you've already gotten the flapper, cut off all the hanging skin, as close as you can get to the attached skin. If you need to climb again really soon (i.e. on a road trip) soak the new, pink skin in salt water to dry it out and toughen it up quickly. If not, take a week off.

to prevent them from happening in the first place, sand down thick calluses on your fingers with a nail file. Flappers happen when a thick callus is torn from the surrounding softer skin, in my experience. A little moisturizer helps if your skin is really dry.

A more controlled climbing style and precise hand placement helps, but it's not always possible to climb like that (i.e. dynamic throws and such).


theshred201


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Thanks for the advice guys, hopefully they'll both be fully healed pretty soon.


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cakes it with chalk to stop the bleeding and keep climbing.


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