Cleanse your skin
Wash daily with warm water and soap/soap substitute.
- Dry skin thoroughly especially between fingers and toes
- Apply moisturising cream to prevent cracking and drying. Creams are better than lotion as have a greater moisturising effect
- When cutting nails take care not to damage cuticle
- Use high factor suntan lotion. Be aware you can get burnt through garments
- Daily skin care to prevent infection
The skin acts as a barrier to bacteria and other pathogens. Any break in the skin such as burns, chafing, dryness, cuticle injury, cracks, cuts, splinters, and insect bites can present an entry site for bacteria and cause infection. Well moisturised skin will reduce the risk of cellulitis. This is a skin infection.
CELLULITIS. Symptoms can appear suddenly and make you feel unwell.
What to look out for:
- Red inflamed skin or a rash on the affected limb
- Warm/hot, tender tissues. The skin may look tight and glossy
- Sudden onset
- Increased swelling which may happen quickly
- May just get ‘Flu-like’ symptoms/feeling unwell
What do I do?
If you think you have an infection, seek medical help immediately from your GP. If you notice these symptoms out of hours, contact your out of hours GP service. It is important to act quickly to prevent infection from getting worse. You will need antibiotics as soon as symptoms occur and you must take them for NO LESS THAN TWO WEEKS.
- Remove your support garment
- Do not exercise your limb
- Do not do your simple Lymphatic Drainage
- Clean the area well
- Use antiseptic solution or cream
- Cover with a sterile dressing or plaster
- If in doubt seek medical advice
- If the area becomes red, hot or painful, you may have an infection-seek medical help.