Home Care in Riverside, CT
Dry skin gets flaky and irritated, which can mainly be an inconvenience. It can get much worse, though, so getting a handle on dry skin when it's still in the beginning stages is a good idea. Here is some information that can help.
Why Dry Skin Is a Problem
Most often dry skin in simply irritating. In extreme cases, though, the skin can become so dry that it cracks and can even start bleeding. Dry skin is also itchy, and if your loved one has thin skin, then scratching is not a good idea. Dry skin is also less flexible and less able to tolerate irritants.
Causes of Dry Skin
Dry skin can be more common in winter months since the air is cold and often very low in humidity. We're also more likely to have the heat on all day and all night, which can draw even more humidity out of the air inside. Using water that is too hot can cause dry skin, so it's a good idea to check the temperature of your loved one's water heater. If your loved one is dehydrated, this can also cause dry skin, so it's a good idea to help her drink more water when she's having a bout of dry skin.
Treating Dry Skin at Home
In many cases, using moisturizer regularly is enough to clear up problems with dry skin. Look also for soaps that are made to use on dry skin. Many of these list on the label that a moisturizer is one of the ingredients. Ask your loved one's home care providers for recommendations on products to use for your loved one's dry skin. They have likely helped elderly loved ones deal with precisely this situation and have a lot of experience with solutions that work. If the air in your loved one's home is extremely dry, try using a humidifier to get a little more moisture into the air.
Talk to Your Loved One's Doctor
If you're not having any luck getting your loved one's dry skin under control, then it's time to talk to her doctor. It could be that some of her medications could be causing a side effect or there may be another health issue at work. Her doctor can sort through the potential causes and help you find a solution.
Dry skin doesn't have to be painful or irritating for your loved one if you can figure out what's causing it.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Riverside, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.