Skin Care. Why do you need to look after your skin after Spinal Cord Injury?. Your skin is a very important part of your body. Before your injury it sent messages to your brain about touch, pain, pressure and temperature. After a spinal cord injury your skin might not work as well because:
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Why do you need to look after your skin after Spinal Cord Injury?
Your skin is a very important part of your body. Before your injury it sent messages to your brain about touch, pain, pressure and temperature.
If you cannot feel parts of your body you need to protect your skin and know what to do if problems occur.
The layers of the skin
Wash your body every day and dry it very carefully.
Put cream on your skin to stop it getting too dry.
In cold weather wear warm clothing, gloves and socks to protect your skin.
Make sure you do your pressure relief for at least 2 minutes every hour
Eat a healthy diet including fruit and vegetables and drink lots of water
When you are in bed
Pressure sores can occur if you sit or lie on your catheter
If you don’t look after your skin you may get a pressure sore
pressure sore on a bottom
pressure sore on an ankle
pressure sore on a hand
Skin can become damaged when it is compressed or rubbed against a surface.
More things to be aware of:
Photograph of a burn which was caused by a hot water bottle
If you put on too much weight it will be more difficult to push your wheelchair and to lift yourself.
You could damage your skin getting in and out of your chair.
The person above has red marks on their bottom.
If you find a mark like this stay in bed and contact the district nurse.
Keep the pressure off the area until it disappears
If you ignore it, it may lead to a pressure sore.
You can avoid problems if you look after your skin.
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Spinal Outpatient Team
Telephone number: 01296 315828 or 01296 315829