Having healthy skin is important to preventing future pressure sores. Healthy skin is less likely to be damaged and heals faster than skin in poor condition.
You can help prevent new pressure sores while helping to heal the ones you have. To improve your skin's health:
- Bathe when needed for cleanliness and comfort.
- Use mild soap and warm (not hot) water.
- Apply moisturizers (such as skin lotions) to keep skin from becoming too dry.
Inspect your skin at least once a day for redness or color changes or for sores. Pay special attention to pressure points where pressure sores can form.
Skin problems can also result from bladder or bowel leakage (urinary or fecal incontinence). If you have these problems, ask your doctor or nurse for help. If the leakage cannot be controlled completely:
- Clean your skin as soon as it becomes soiled.
- Use a protective cream or ointment on the skin to protect it from wetness.
- Use incontinence pads and/or briefs to absorb wetness away from the skin.
Information provided by National Library of Medicine (NLM).