Repetitive or compulsive scratching on fragile skin and inability to understand the consequences can lead to injury and or infection

Try: #regular nail care can prevent serious injury from scratching file fingernails and toenails short and smooth any rough edges #avoid using nail clipper as they can cause splitting and cracking of the nails and injury to the nail bed #don’t clip toenails yourself if a Care recipient (cr) is in fragile health toenails should only be clipped by a podiatrist or nurse #keep toenails clean with a brush and a nail care kit and keep the edges smooth between visits to a podiatrist or nurse #moisturize the hands with cream and use tube socks or stretchy cotton winter gloves on the hands to seal in moisturizer and limit impact of scratching moisturing mitts sold in drug stores are also an option don’t use tube socks if the cr will be dangerously or restrained by them make sure the socks are snug but not too tight #put moisturizing cream on those areas of skin that are often scratched arms legs chest etc

Materials: Nail care products knee-high cotton socks or cotton stretchy gloves or moisturizing mitts moisturizing cream podiatrist foot doctor or nurse

Categories: Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, So-So L T Memory, So-So S T Memory

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

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