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Tips for Skin Care

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Are you currently—and properly—taking care of your skin? That’s kind of a broad question, right? One that can produce a variety of answers. Simply put, your skin is important, and at Victoria ER, we want to help ensure you’re treating it as such.

There are many different skin types, including sensitive skin, dry skin, and oily skin. It’s necessary to know and understand your specific skin type in order to give it the care it needs and deserves. In general, though, there are universal tips to protect all skin types, such as:

  • Avoid tanning beds
  • Wear sunscreen daily
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Regularly check your skin
  • Find (and use) products appropriate for your skin type

While these are beneficial tips to pursue regularly, what should you do if you’re already experiencing an issue with your skin? Below, we’ve put together healing tips for common skincare problems.

A sunburn can be irritating and uncomfortable, even dangerous. To relieve the burn, you can try applying aloe or over-the-counter moisturizer to your skin. Additionally, take a cool bath or shower and/or apply cool compresses to the burn areas. Soaking in a bath with oatmeal, baking soda, cornstarch, or cider vinegar can assist with inflammation and itching. You’ll also want to rehydrate with water or juice. Consider taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. If the burn has blisters or the skin feels numb, you’ll want to see a doctor.

Are you suffering from eczema? It’s important not to scratch. Find a product that works well for your skin type, and then moisturize at least twice a day. You can also apply an anti-itch cream to the affected area and/or take an oral allergy or anti-itch medication. Further, you can apply bandages to the affected area, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air inside your home, and even wear non-itchy clothing to reduce irritation. And, one more time, whatever you do, don’t scratch!

Poison Ivy
As with eczema, if you have poison ivy, it’s imperative that you don’t scratch. Most cases of poison ivy will go away within one to three weeks. To help soothe irritation and/or pain, apply any type of calamine lotion or cream that contains menthol. An oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine, can provide relief and help you sleep better. There are other types of antihistamines you can purchase over-the-counter that won’t make you drowsy. Additionally, cold compresses can soothe problematic areas. If the blisters/rash do not fade within a week or so, you may want to think about seeing a doctor.

Flesh-Eating Bacteria
Flesh-eating bacteria is a rare infection of the skin and the tissues below the skin. This type of bacteria can spread quickly and aggressively, entering the body through any of the following:

  • Surgical wounds
  • Puncture wounds or other injuries
  • Burns
  • Minor cuts
  • Insect bites
  • Abrasions

If not treated immediately and accurately, the bacteria can be deadly. Therefore, if you believe you’ve been exposed in any way to flesh-eating bacteria, it’s vital to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Lacerations, another broad term, can refer to myriad types of cuts, scrapes, and bites. Generally, these types of wounds are common and shouldn’t worry you. Yet, it’s still necessary to treat them accordingly. First, stop the bleeding of the laceration by applying firm and direct pressure to it with sterile gauze. Next, you’ll want to clean the area with soap and water, apply antibiotic ointment, and then cover the wound with a bandage. If the laceration is bleeding severely, or you’re not able to stop the bleeding, then you need to see a doctor. If the laceration is deep and looks as if it requires stitches, you’ll also want to see a doctor.

It generally takes a trained eye to determine if a particular spot on your skin is a mole, and whether or not that mole is troublesome. If you have a mole you’re unsure about, especially if it’s changed size, color, or texture, you should visit a doctor. Only a doctor can easily and safely remove a mole and have it medically tested to understand it better. Once the mole has been properly removed, the skin will heal. If the mole grows back, see your doctor.

Remember, skin is your body’s largest organ. If you don’t take care of your skin, who will? If you do happen to experience any sort of issue, illness, or injury, Victoria ER is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week–even on holidays and weekends. Victoria ER is dedicated to providing our local community with access to fast, quality, and concierge-level emergency care.