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Taking Pressure Off Your Skin

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Taking Pressure Off Your Skin

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Taking care of your skin is something you should think about every day

There are lots of things you can do to take care of your skin. You need to do them every day. You can make it less likely that you will get a pressure ulcer (which is what a doctor or nurse calls a pressure sore or bedsore).

Doctors and therapists teach you to take care of your skin when you first get hurt. After a while, you see ways to take care of your skin that work for you.

Make sure you check with your doctor or therapist. Make sure they agree with the ways you take care of your skin.

Here is what Mitch said about how he takes care of his skin now:

"There are too many things that you had to be doing. I mean, okay, when you are in the hospital, when you first get injured, they give you all these instructions, you know. 'You should relieve pressure every 15 minutes, and you should turn and do this, and you should exercise in range of motion.' And, I mean, you can't do all that stuff! You do it in the hospital, but in real life, you can't do all that stuff. So, you do what you are able to do and what's comfortable and what's normal for you that fits into your daily life."

Do you want to know more about ways to prevent pressure ulcers? You can read our page called "Things to Do to Take Care of Your Skin".