Skin Tears, Cellulitis and how To Prevent Skin Ulcers

The skin of an elderly person is fragile.

When there is a tear or break in the skin bacteria can enter.

if this happens it’s important to cover the skin break immediately to promote healthy healing and prevent ulcers.

Infected ulcers can become cellulitis which is an area of pain, swelling and redness in the skin

Diabetics are more at risk of infection and need to be extra careful whenever they tear their skin.

So do people who take prednisone as this can cause slower healing.

Signs of potential infection are pus, redness, or odour

Here are  step by step instructions to looking after a break in the skin.

How To Care for a Break In the Skin

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Wash the area with sterile saline or cooled boiled water with a little bit of salt
  3. Gently try to place the skin back into place to cover if possible
  4. Dab gently. Don’t rub hard
  5. Cover with a non-stick dressing
  6. Waterproof dressings can stay on for 5 days
  7. Consult a nurse practitioner or General Practitioner especially if a diabetic