By Lyle McMullan
ANYONE who has ever had to do manual labour will know the first ‘casualty’ is the hands.
Depending on the type of work, the hands can take a battering, especially for those who aren’t used to those daily rigours.
Dealing with the problem comes in many forms, but there’ll hardly be any more bizarre remedy than one that many North Antrim tradesmen are currently adopting.
Superglue appears to be the ‘fix-all’ cure for hacks and cuts, even though they are unaware just what potential problems might occur from using such a strong adhesive.
But tradesmen are using it and to good effect it would appear.
One told the Times: "The idea first came to me when I had a bad hack and thought that closing it over would make it heal quicker.
"I tried a wee taste of superglue and within a day or two the hack had disappeared and my problems had gone.
"I don’t know whether I am putting myself at risk with toxins going into my bloodstream, but so far, so good.
"It’s not something I would want to recommend just in case there are problems."
However, it would appear that tradesmen might have hit on the right formula.
One leading doctor in the United States recommends that superglue be used to bind together the edges of cracked skin on the heels.
He also recommended using superglue to bind the edges of cuts.
Superglue was used by trauma surgeons in Vietnam to glue the edges of lacerated livers together. It also works perfectly fine in normal skin wounds, and is non-toxic.
The only reason it hasn't been approved for this purpose is that the studies would cost millions, and who's going to pay them?
It is as resistant to abscessing as staples, and seals far better. For wounds in animals which have been anticoagulated, it's a Godsend.Survival. Animals which have catheters pulled later suffer no ill effects, and the wounds heal fine.
Any type of glue should be handled with care and children should always seek advice from their parents or an adult before attempting use.