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Old 03-19-2014, 02:15 PM   #1
Brad Rasmussen
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chalk allergy?

I'm not sure if I have an allergy to barbell chalk but my right hand gets extremely dry, scaly, flaking, and then gets small cracks in the creases of my fingers that are painful and bleed. My left hand is totally unaffected.

I took a few months off from working out this past fall and the condition cleared up. But now that I'm back at it, it has returned. No type of lotion will cure the problem, it just has to run it's course for a couple weeks. Then it clears up, but it always returns within a week or so after clearing up. My doctor gave me some kind of cream, can't remember the name of it, but it didn't help either.

I believe the culprit is either the chalk or possibly the athletic tape on my pullup bar. I will be experimenting in the next few weeks by either taping my hand or wearing a glove to see if that helps. I find it strange that it only affects my right hand though. Has anyone else had similar problems?
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Old 07-31-2015, 05:34 AM   #2
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Re: chalk allergy?

I do.

I am thinking of using liquid chalk, have you tried it?

And I also use gloves where ever I can, but they are no good for oly lifts so I still have to use chalk.
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Old 07-31-2015, 05:45 AM   #3
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Re: chalk allergy?

If it is a chalk allergy you can get an Eco Ball (WFS)
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Old 07-31-2015, 10:37 AM   #4
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Re: chalk allergy?

Never head of this before and cant imagine what exactly is it? Is there some dust in the bag and it comes out when you squieze it?

Or it basicly just "sucks" the sweat of your hands if you hold it?
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:43 PM   #5
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Re: chalk allergy?

Not 100% sure what it actually is but I think it is like a rosin of sorts. There is some dusty type of substance that comes out if you squeeze it but not anything like chalk and it makes your hands sticky. It is used a lot in rock climbing. It is a great alternative for gyms like mine that don't allow chalk.
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:52 PM   #6
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Re: chalk allergy?

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I am thinking of using liquid chalk, have you tried it?
My thoughts on Liquid Grip: http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=86517 (wfs)

I use Liquid Grip occasionally. I'm still working on the first bottle I bought. I don't think I'll buy more when it runs out. I don't want to wait for it to dry, and the bottle cap is broken, which causes some minor issues.

If there is an allergy to chalk, and the chalk is on your hands when the liquid dries, then an allergy may still be an issue.
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Old 07-31-2015, 10:30 PM   #7
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Re: chalk allergy?

Good review Chris on liquid chalk. I noticed a guy in the gym that uses it, might ask him for a few test drives...

I believe my skin issue might not be related to the allergy itself, but to the root principle of chalk - dryness. It dries my skin too much so it "breaks" down and I can see skin layers. the obvious answer would be a moisturizer.

but I will try eco ball first, its worth a try, thanks Luke.
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Re: chalk allergy?

Received my eco ball today, seems pretty dusty and lots of powder is loose inside the PVC bag in which the ball is packed.

But my hands, specially, fingertips, are still in terrible condition so will wait till it heals and report back after I use it.
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Re: chalk allergy?

I am still not sure what caused my skin issues or if it was directly connected to the chalk, but it is a lot better now and I am using eco ball normally for more than a week now.

I love it, absolutely a better idea than chalk, a lot less messy and seems to do the job at least as good, if not better. Thumbs up for this product!

PS, hope I'll remember and report back how long it will last.
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