I have the dreaded white tip....
No climbing for one weekend and my skin falls to pieces.
This may seem like silly obsessive behavior to the normal (wo)man, but the dreaded white tip is close to catastrophic to the climber.
white tip -[hwahyt tip]
1. Soft supple skin in the middle of a fingertip pad.
2. A fingertip that will explode the next time it touches coarse
3. A phenomena that climbers fear above all things.
This is how I deal with most of my problems.... yes, that is a gallon (and chocolate sauce).