Common CausesDry Air
Dry air is probably the most common cause of dry skin, especially during the winter. It draws the moisture right out of the skin.
Long, Hot Showers & Baths
Prolonged exposure to water, especially hot water can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin. Lukewarm rather than hot water is better for dry skin problem.
Soap can quickly strip away your skin's protective oils, and we tend to use way too much of it. Ironically, in the quest to rid ourselves of germs, excessive hand washing can dry out the skin and cause it to crack and bleed, making infection much more likely.
Use a soap-free, sulfate-free wash in the bath or shower. It is less likely to strip the natural oils from your skin
Select a cleanser that is clinically proven to be non-irritatingMoisturizing
Use a concentrated moisturizer clinically proven to hydrate your skin. Make sure it is free from fragrances & petrochemicals
Select a moisturizer that is non-greasy and absorbs very well
Select a moisturizer that provides 24 hours of moisturization
As mentioned in the last post there is a validated test for diabetic neuropathy that requires no monofilament or tuning fork. It is called IPSWICH and it uses only one finger light tough to 3 toes on each foot. It has a simple method, but it can be done incorrectly. A patient tests positive for neuropathy if ANY of the touch test report negative.(Please see video below)
Id like to add, this test is an initial test and does NOT eliminate the need for monofilament testing, ( More comprehensive, 10 sites, allows for identifying progression of disease, can be used on patients with amputation), or tuning fork ( tests vibration not touch) and reports ability for patient to feel a developing blister. Vibration is addition risk assessment and allows for better self management due to awareness.
Still IPSWICH has its place. There is no tool. No cost. Takes a moment and can identify low risk, very quickly. Please find the evidence and demonstration video below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFne3scZCp8 VIDEO demo
Interested in learning more? Digital thermometer assessment can be done at home without the aid of a cell phone. Cost is around $20! Please contact if you wish to have assessment training.
Sarah Lockbaum RPN, CDE, IIWCC
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