As the largest organ in your body, your skin protects you from bacteria, dirt, and the sun's ultraviolet rays. It also contains the nerve endings for sensation and plays a key role in regulating your body's fluids and temperature. A good skin care program can help you avoid the consequences of pressure sores, including pain and hospitalization.
Tips To Keep Your Skin Healthy
- Keep your skin clean and dry.
- Avoid soaps labeled "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial."
- Avoid items that may dry your skin, such as harsh soaps.
- Lubricate dry skin with moisturizers or ointments.
- Immediately clean any urine or stool that may come in contact with your skin.
- Avoid using talcum powders, which can support yeast growth.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid excessive exposure to the sun and use an effective sunscreen.
- Use extra care to avoid bumping into things.
- Avoid excessive temperatures, hot or cold.
- Maintain proper nail care.
- Avoid tight fitting clothes, right shoes or socks that bind.
- Wash new clothing before wearing it.
- Elevate hands, legs, and feet frequently, if you notice any swelling.
- Change clothing as soon as it becomes wet or soiled.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and maintain adequate fluid intake.
Direct any medical questions to a health care professional. Always consult with your physician before modifying any course of treatment.