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    What contributes to pruney fingers?

    We went to a pool party yesterday and I noticed within twenty minutes my hands and feet were pruney. What's odd to me is that we can be in our pool over an hour before that happens. I hope thats a good thing.
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    Re: What contributes to pruney fingers?

    I was meaning they may have more or less of some chemical.
    ETA because it happened so much faster at their pool
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    Re: What contributes to pruney fingers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dtaylor113 View Post
    I was meaning they may have more or less of some chemical.
    ETA because it happened so much faster at their pool
    Do you have an SWCG? My family and I have noticed that our fingers & toes wrinkle less and take longer to do so since we got our SWCG. Of course, I also began adding borates at almost the same time, so maybe that's a contributing factor.

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    Re: What contributes to pruney fingers?

    I noticed in the article they said the people wrinkled their skin by soaking in warm water....is the pool you were in warmer than your pool, causing faster wrinkles?
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    Re: What contributes to pruney fingers?

    This question of wrinkly fingers was brought up before in this post referring to the same science article.

    However, before I was told about that article I had assumed that it was related to osmosis since body fluids are at a higher salt level (around 8000 ppm or so) than the water so the water is more concentrated and goes into the skin puffing it up. So being in saltier water would have less of a response if this were true. Maybe the real truth is a combination of the two where there is the evolutionary nerve response to create grippier hands by wrinkling the skin when exposed to water AND such exposure to water may be detected by the increase in water and osmotic pressure entering into the cells so the response would be faster in water with less salt in it.

    So perhaps the entry of water into the skin puffs it up and triggers the evolutionary nerve response that then causes the puffed up skin to wrinkle for better gripping.
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