Xerosis – or abnormally dry skin – is a common issue that can affect anyone but affects almost everyone over 60. While not serious, xerosis may be itchy and uncomfortable and can lead to a loss of flexibility in the skin resulting in splits and cracks.
If not appropriately managed, xerosis can lead to skin infections as pathogens enter broken skin or contact allergies as the barrier that the skin provides is compromised. Here are some ways to battle dry skin:
Use wound dressings that are non-adhesive to avoid damage to the skin.
If mobility is an issue, managing xerosis can prove difficult. If you or a loved one is struggling with the discomfort of dry skin this winter, a carer may be able to assist.
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