Reducing Moisture-Associated Skin Damage

Intertrigo-400x300 Moisture-associated skin damage (MASD) involves skin inflammation, irritation and erosion that results from prolonged exposure to moisture from various sources including urine, stool, wound exudate, perspiration, mucus or saliva.

The four main types of MASD are:

  1. Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD)
  2. Intertrigo (in skin folds)
  3. Periwound (around a wound) MASD
  4. Peristomal (around a stoma) MASD

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 Avoiding Hand Dermatitis

Hand dermatitis is one of the most common problems encountered in dermatology with a prevalence possibly as high as 50% hand dermatitisor greater in certain occupations. The dis­comfort associated with hand der­matitis frequently results in a de­creased quality of life. In fact, hand dermatitis can be debilitating for many years.

Dermatitis (or eczema) is inflam­mation of the skin, characterized by itchy (pruritic), red, weeping skin with vesicles and/or crusty patches. The risk factors for hand dermatitis include chemical expo­sures, frequent handwashing, and wet-work environments contribut­ing to a higher prevalence in specif­ic occupations including healthcare professionals, machinists, hair­dressers, and food industry em­ployees. Continue reading

Handwashing Awareness

washing your handsHandwashing is important because it helps eliminate germs that can cause disease. In fact, good hand hygiene has been linked to a decrease in infectious disease incidence. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to forget the vital importance of handwashing due to the fact that antibiotics and vaccines have contributed so significantly to declining infectious disease-associated mortality over the past 100 years. However, this trend should not be taken for granted, since mortality in the U.S. from infectious diseases actually rose between 1980 and 1992 due to an unexpected increase in emerging infectious diseases such as antibiotic resistant tuberculosis. Continue reading

Focusing on Diabetes

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