As you may know, March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness month and we are taking some time to focus on skin care this week. As a result of MS, the risk factors for skin damage rises. There are many excellent sources available for people caring for loved ones with MS.
If your loved-one is confined to a wheelchair or bed, the risk of pressure sores increases. These sores can occur even when all preventative steps are taken, but these preventative measures provided by the National MS Society can help reduce the risk and severity of pressure sores.
- Inspect Skin at least once a day.
- Bathe when needed for comfort or cleanliness.
- Prevent dry skin—use moisturizers.
- Clean skin as soon as soiled or wet from urine and pat dry.
- If moisture cannot be controlled, use absorbent pads and/or briefs with a quick drying surface. Cleanse skin as soon as possible with no-rinse cleanser and a durable barrier product.
- Don’t massage bony prominences (areas where the bones protrude slightly below the skin).
- When repositioning, reduce friction by lifting rather than dragging.
- Use cornstarch on the skin to reduce friction.
- Encourage a balanced high-protein diet or explore nutritional supplements.
- Consult a dietician about protein and calorie intake.
As a friendly reminder, we are also offering 10% off select rollators in recognition of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. For more information about multiple sclerosis, please visit the National MS Society.
Skin care for people with MS – http://ijmsc.org/doi/pdf/10.7224/1537-2073-12.4.177