Dry, parched skin often feels tight and even itchy, which can cause your aging adult to scratch her skin, irritating it even more. If you're not sure what could be causing this for your senior, some of these causes might be to blame.
Health Conditions Can Cause This
Some health conditions can tax your senior's body to the extent that caring for her skin becomes the very last problem on her body's list. Illnesses such as kidney disease or diabetes can mean that your senior's skin suffers a bit. Taking care of those health conditions can often help in keeping her skin healthier.
Being Even a Little Dehydrated Can, Too
Your senior's skin hydrates from the inside out, so if she's not drinking enough water that can show in her skin. Drinking even a little bit more each day can help if this is the cause of your aging adult's dry skin troubles.
When the Air Is Too Dry
During the spring and summer, ambient humidity levels might be pretty high and that helps to keep your senior's skin in better condition overall. An easy way to see where the humidity levels are inside your elderly family member's home is to get a small humidity monitor. Then, if the levels are showing as low, you can turn on a humidifier to bring those levels up.
Side Effects from Medications
Some medications, like antihistamines, can dry out your elderly family member's skin. Other medications can make her skin feel itchy. If you're suspecting that her medication could be contributing to itchy or dry skin, then it's time to talk to your senior's doctor to see if there is something that you can do.
Her Skin Care Regimen
Skin care products that used to be fine in the past can now irritate your aging adult's skin. Also, water that's too hot while bathing can create a similar problem. If you know that some lotions, soaps, and other products are now irritating your aging adult's skin, be sure to mention that fact to other family members and elder care providers who help out so that they know what to avoid.
If your aging adult is experiencing extremely dry and itchy skin, be sure to talk to her doctor about the situation. You can learn tips that help her to keep her skin healthier.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in Chelsea, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...