There are various measures you can take to protect your skin and keep it healthy.
November is National Healthy Skin Month! That means it is time to really evaluate the health of the largest organ of your body. We often take our skin for granted and forget to take good care of it. Individuals in wheelchairs are especially prone to certain skin irritations due to lack of mobility. The National Coalition for Assistive & Rehab Technology (NCART) wants to see individuals living in wheelchairs every day keeping every inch of themselves as healthy as possible. Check out some of the different measures you can take to keep your skin.
Monitoring the condition of your skin and proactively protecting it can help you identify and treat any kind of sores before they worsen.
- Protect the skin – Some areas of the skin are vulnerable to excess moisture. Use talcum powder to protect those areas and apply lotion to drier places. Remember to clean the skin every day with mild soap and warm water.
- Inspect skin daily – Check for vulnerable areas and early signs of pressure sores. A care provider or mirror may be needed to help complete a thorough inspection.
- Manage incontinence to keep the skin dry – If you have urinary or bowel incontinence, prevent exposing the skin to moisture and bacteria. This may mean more frequent bathroom trips or diaper changes. Protective lotions on healthy skin may also help prevent areas from becoming irritated.
What you eat also plays a role in improving the health of your skin.
- Choose a healthy diet – Ask a doctor or dietician about any recommended nutritional changes they think would help improve your skin’s health. That may mean increasing the amount of protein, vitamins and minerals in your diet.
- Drink more water – Good hydration is key for maintaining healthy skin. Water keeps the skin hydrated and prevents irritations and dryness.