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Preventing and dealing with skin complaints

Learn how to deal with skin complaints as well as prevent them from occurring


An early sign of a more significant health complaint can be problems with your loved one’s skin. Skin problems amongst the elderly are not uncommon, but it’s important that you do your best to prevent them from occurring and that you effectively deal with the problem if it arises. Failure to deal with skin complaints can lead to more serious conditions. 

The skin is a vital organ and, with age, it inevitably becomes weaker and damaged as it is exposed to the environment. In order to prevent increasing degradation, the best form of treatment for skin complaints is prevention. 

Regular assessment by a doctor is a good place to start as they will be able to tell you about the condition of your loved one’s skin. You should also help your loved one wash regularly and moisturise with alcohol-free moisturiser. Simple practises like these can positively impact on their quality of life. 

However hard you try, some skin complaints will occur despite your best efforts. Infections and conditions like psoriasis and eczema should be shown to a doctor immediately. 

In fact, unusual skin conditions that spread fast and are accompanied by symptoms of illness, such as a fever, upset stomach, problems with eyesight and hearing, should be reported to a doctor immediately. If your loved one is usually fit but begins to deteriorate physically and mentally whilst displaying a skin condition, they should be referred for medical consultation. 

Skin complaints can be concerning but we are here to help so do get in touch with the Birdie Care Team via chat, phone or email for further guidance. 

Most skin complaints are preventable and easily treatable. However, it is better to be safe than sorry, so take professional advice if you’re ever worried about your loved one’s skin complaints.

With love and care,

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