Nephrotic Syndrome: Skin Care Tips
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Nephrotic syndrome may cause your skin to become dry and fragile, break open easily, bleed, and become infected. You can prevent or reduce further skin problems by using these tips:
- Check for areas that are red, warm to the touch, or bleeding. Use a mirror or ask someone else to look at your feet, back, or buttocks if you have trouble seeing these areas.
- Avoid excessive
bathing. Soap and water deplete your skin of the essential oils that hold in
- Limit showers or baths to 10 minutes.
- Do not use hot water to bathe.
- Use bath oils in the tub. (Be careful, because bath oil will make the tub slippery.)
- Use mild soaps, such as Dove or Cetaphil, especially under the arms and in the genital area.
- Use a moisturizing lotion after you bathe, or more frequently if your skin tends to become dry easily. Avoid products that contain alcohol, because they can dry your skin.
- Avoid scratching your skin or rubbing it vigorously with towels. If itching is a problem, see relief from itching.
- Avoid chemicals that may irritate the skin, such as rubbing alcohol, soaps, detergents, or solvents.
- Use baking soda or cornstarch powders on areas of your skin that become irritated. Avoid powders that contain talc. Breathing in talc can irritate your lungs.
- Avoid tight-fitting clothes and shoes. Wear natural-fiber clothes that allow moisture to evaporate from your skin. Avoid wearing wool and acrylic fabrics next to your skin.
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|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology|
|Last Revised||May 17, 2011|
Last Revised: May 17, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
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