Nephrotic Syndrome: Skin Care Tips - Topic Overview
Nephrotic syndrome may cause your skin to become dry
and fragile, break open easily, bleed, and become infected. You can prevent or
reduce further skin problems by using these tips:
- Check for areas that are red, warm to the touch,
or bleeding. Use a mirror or ask someone else to look at your feet, back, or
buttocks if you have trouble seeing these areas.
- Avoid excessive
bathing. Soap and water deplete your skin of the essential oils that hold in
- Limit showers or baths to 10
- Do not use hot water to bathe.
- Use bath oils
in the tub. (Be careful, because bath oil will make the tub
- Use mild soaps, such as Dove or Cetaphil, especially
under the arms and in the genital area.
- Use a moisturizing lotion after you bathe, or more
frequently if your skin tends to become dry easily. Avoid products that contain
alcohol, because they can dry your skin.
- Avoid scratching your skin
or rubbing it vigorously with towels. If itching is a problem, see
relief from itching.
- Avoid chemicals that
may irritate the skin, such as rubbing alcohol, soaps, detergents, or
- Use baking soda or cornstarch powders on areas of your
skin that become irritated. Avoid powders that contain talc. Breathing in talc
can irritate your lungs.
- Avoid tight-fitting clothes and shoes.
Wear natural-fiber clothes that allow moisture to evaporate from your skin.
Avoid wearing wool and acrylic fabrics next to your skin.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 08, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.