Skin Infections

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.