Dry fragile skin can tear easily when scratched

Try: #apply moisturizing lotion daily #apply lotion to skin after bathing to help trap moisture if you see the Care recipient (cr) scratching throughout the day offer or apply more lotion #limit the use of soap use it mainly on the face genitals armpits hand and feet many crs do not need to bathe daily unless incontinence warrants it #scratches can occur from a cr trying to relieve itchy skin or from delicate skin being easily torn by casual contact with a doorframe rough fingernail or shrub wearing long pants and sleeves will help cover areas prone to getting scratched #keep the cr’s nails trimmed and buffed and keep the hands and fingernails clean #monitor broken skin redness swelling and drainage or increased heat to scratched areas as these can be signs of infection and should be reported to the doctor

Materials: Moisturizing lotion mild soap not antibacterial or deodorant long pants and long-sleeved shirts if appropriate

Categories: Medical Physical, Needs Much Assistance, Maximum Supervision

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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