Don’t be a Victim of Winter’s Dryness
With winter approaching, is your skin feeling dry and itchy? As the body ages, the skin’s ability to produce oil decreases leading to dry skin. Many elderly people suffer from dry, peeling skin, and even cracked skin on their feet in the winter. For people with diabetes, neuropathy and vascular disorder can worsen this problem, readily causing wounds and infections. A seemingly insignificant wound on the foot can lead to bigger problems including ulcers or even amputation. It's important to watch out and take good care of your feet.Below are some tips to prevent your skin shriveling up like a dried flower:
- To prevent dry skin, avoid showering in water that is too hot and do not bathe for too long.
- Use neutral soaps.
- Apply lotion immediately after showering when the skin pores are still open to facilitate the absorption of the lotion.
- To prevent fungal infection, do not apply lotion between the toes.
- Use moisturising lotions or creams.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Source | American Diabetes Association
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