Peeled skin that's painful when playing tennis or serving again after a break?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Brett, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. Brett

    Brett Semi-Pro

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    Hey all,

    I'm sure a lot of you have experienced this. Whenever I take a break from tennis, when I start playing again or hitting a good amount of serves my skin will start peeling on my hand from where the racquet rests. It peeled off the top layer on my pinky and the palm of my hand yesterday when I served two basket of balls...

    I know your hand/skin gets tougher and mine usually does once you continue to keep playing but when it comes the first few times it hurts like crazy and is annoying. What do you guys suggest doing? I put neosporin on it but last night I tried aloe vera gel and that seems to be helping get rid of the problem.

    But if it's around and you need to play, do you guys just tape it or use something else? Any experience from others on this issue?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Sir Shankalot

    Sir Shankalot Rookie

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    I don't have this problem but I remember when I was a kid I used to get terrible blisters on the feet when going on long hiking trips. The preventative measure my dad devised for me was a few weeks before the trip he made me bathe my feet in strong saline solution for 10 minutes every day. If I remember right he used to add a bit of methylated spirit to the liquid as well! Toughened up the skin no end. This only works as a preventative measure to stop blisters happening in the first place, and it is not a treatment for when you already have a blister.

    You could try the same with your hands.
     
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