Summer Amputee Skin Care: Preventing Sweat and Skin Rash

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger
Keep your sensitive residual limb skin cool, clean and comfy this summer.

Keep your sensitive residual limb skin cool, clean and comfy throughout the summer.

 

The summer is a great time to get outdoors and be active in the warm weather.  However, while being outdoors in the summer heat, you are bound to sweat… a lot! Proper skin and stump care can help prevent from developing any uncomfortable skin rashes relative to your prosthetic device. Premier Prosthetics has some tips for you to follow to stay cool and rash-free during the sweaty, summer months:

  1. If you will be sweating all day, take off your prosthetic device and liner every couple of hours to wipe it down and dry it off. Be sure to use a clean towel each time.
  2. Wash and completely dry your prosthetic device and liner at least once a day. Use a mild, antibacterial soap.
  3. If you feel like you may be developing a heat rash, apply a small amount of rash cream that contains zinc-oxide. Creams that contain zinc-oxide are usually creams to treat baby bottom rashes.
  4. A couple of times a week when you are comfortable, spend time not wearing your prosthetic device. This will help let your skin breath and naturally dry out the area.
  5. Once a week, try using a mild exfoliant to keep your skin supple and protect from clogged pores in that area. Consult your practitioner for an exfoliating soap that is right for you.
  6. In the evening, soothe the stump by using a cream approved by your doctor or prosthetist. Olive oil, cocoa oil/butter and shea butter are all natural choices that are popular with many prosthetic device users. Again, talk with your practitioner before trying any creams for the first time.
  7. Invest in a good liner as well as a good fitting prosthesis. Nothing will help prevent summer related rashes better than making sure your prosthetic device is a perfect fit!

We at Premier Prosthetics hope that you have an excellent summer and can avoid any sweat or heat related skin rashes. For more information on rash prevention or about any of our services, give us a call today!

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