Particularities of the skin in people with spinal cord injury (SCI)
What needs to be considered regarding skin care?
Careful nail care is very important. Infected or ingrown nails occur frequently in people with SCI. It is recommended to have regular pedicures done.
Skin control and relief
In order to recognize pressure sores, erythema and changes such as fungal infections at an early stage, it is important to check the skin regularly. Due to a lack of sensitivity, changes are often recognized very late. It is therefore even more important to observe carefully to be able to react quickly. For more information on how to check the skin read the chapter about “Pressure Sores/Decubitus“.
Would it be better to use specific skin care products?
It is rarely necessary to use specific skin care products. When buying a body lotion, it is recommended to choose one of the more greasy ones. In case of very sensitive skin, the following washing lotions are recommended:
What can I do if I am perspiring profusely?
Regular personal hygiene and drying the skin properly with a towel are important. We recommend talking to your GP.
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updated: December 2013