When the weather changes, so does your body. Warm, humid air may turn your straight hair curly; dry winter air may send you running for the lotion three times a day. But aside from using sunscreen, there are a lot of other things to consider when it comes to warm weather skin care for amputees. Let’s take a look at two things to keep in mind as spring arrives this year!
You’re going to sweat in the spring and summer — that much is inevitable! But if your residual limb is sweating in its socket all day, you may end up with a bacterial infection. Nobody wants that!
At least once a day, wash your prosthetic socket and your residual limb with antibacterial soap in order to prevent infection from occurring. It’s also wise to wash your prosthetic socks and liners and least once daily, making sure they are totally dry before you wear them again.
Preventing the Breakdown of Your Skin
Being outside a lot when the weather is warm is great for you! But the more active you are with your prosthetic device, the more risk you have of your skin breaking down around it.
To keep your skin healthy, be sure your prosthesis fits perfectly and that you are maintaining a steady weight. Drink lots of water and eat healthy foods whenever possible so that bloating is minimal. This will help your skin stay in great shape through the end of the summer!
Contact BioTech with Questions about Skin Care for Amputees!
If you have any questions or concerns about taking care of your skin this spring and summer, let us know! We are ready and willing to help you in any way we can. Contact us today!