Practice good skin care habits to keep your residual limb clean and healthy throughout the summer.
Practice good skin care habits to keep your residual limb clean and healthy throughout the summer.

Throughout the summer, we know how important it is to use sunscreen when going outdoors to protect our skin from sunburn. But there are a variety of other skin issues that prosthetic users need to be aware of to keep their skin healthy in the summertime. Creative OPS is here to provide you with information to keep the skin around your prosthetic device healthy and comfortable.

Prevent Skin Breakdown

Spending lots of time outside in the summer is a great way to stay active and enjoy the beautiful weather.  However, the more time you spend being active with your prosthetic device, the greater the risk for skin breakdown around the device. Having a well-fitted device, maintaining a stable weight, drinking lots of water and sticking to a healthy diet can help keep you comfortable and prevent skin breakdown.

Prevent Infections

Sweating in the summer heat is inevitable, but sweat in the prosthesis socket combined with your sensitive skin can lead to bacterial infections. Wash your prosthetic socket with an antibacterial soap at least once a day as well as your skin to prevent infections. Also, wash your prosthetic socks and liners daily and be sure they are completely dry before putting them back on.

Prevent Other Skin Issues

Summer is the season of shorts and having a prosthetic limb should not keep you from wearing your favorite shorts! If you shave, be careful with areas around the prosthetic device to prevent making ingrown hair follicles. Ingrown hairs can cause discomfort and can also get infected.

Practice safe skin care throughout the summer months to prevent any discomfort or infections with the skin surrounding your prosthetic device.  If you feel you are developing an infection or have any skin care questions, feel free to contact us at Creative OPS today!