Skin Ulcer Home Care
Home care for a skin ulcer includes:
- Perform wound care as directed by your doctor.
- Clean the wound each time the dressing is changed.
- Clean the skin gently:
- Use mild soap and water.
- Do not scrub the skin.
- Dry the skin.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment.
- Do not use skin cleansers: these can harm the delicate skin.
- Keep clothing off the skin surface.
- Reduce pressure on the ulcer:
- Change position in bed frequently.
- Use egg-crate mattress covers.
- Apply protective padding over the ulcer.
- Take a whirlpool bath once a day.
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Skin Ulcer Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have a skin ulcer and any of the following:
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