Prevent skin tears by using DERMATUff thin skin protection socks and sleeves
What is a skin tear? “The result of shearing, friction or blunt trauma that causes separation of skin layers. The subsequent wounds are partial or full thickness depending upon the degree of tissue damage.” (Le Blanc et al., 2007). View our PDF info-graphic for more information about the causes and results of having thin or fragile skin.
An unknown problem
Thin skin and the consequent skin tears are a far greater problem than anybody ever imagined. The average person or clinician doesn’t see it as a common ailment: nobody says, “she has to be very careful, she has got thin skin!”
Causes of weak, fragile or thin skin
Skin tears and bruises usually occur when the skin is already weak, thin or fragile.
AGE – In practice, people first experience thin skin over the age of 60 and it gets worse the older we get. People in their 80’s can find that their thin skin condition becomes very severe. Some people who buy on our e-commerce site suffer at least one skin tear per week.
HEALTH CONDITION – Illness, primary medical conditions such as the long term use of steroids, the long-term use of warfarin, sun exposure, smoking and inflammatory skin disease causes thinning or fragile skin.
SKIN CONDITION – A deterioration in sweat and gland secretion impairs skin moisture.
SKIN WASHING – Soap and shower gels (can contain detergent) and certain medications can also cause it.
Treatment of skin tears
Skin tears need to be treated professionally and urgently. An ambulance may need to be called for a visit to Accident and Emergency. Repeat treatment will be needed frequently, often going on for weeks. These skin tears can easily turn into leg ulcers which can take a year to heal with much inconvenience and pain.
The problem of dealing with skin tears is extremely expensive for health organisations all over the world. For example, the International Wound Journal published research carried out in the Hull and East Riding area of Yorkshire into the cost of wound care locally. It showed that in 2005-2006, this was up to £3 Million ($4.5 million) per 100,000 of the UK’s population.
The worst result: loss of confidence
Probably the worst result of all from such a minor bump is the loss of confidence;
- Sufferers become very afraid of repeat injury
- Moving around the house becomes a risky experience
- Walking the dog, gardening, playing a sport and other activities are often avoided, resulting in other negative effects to our health
Choose prevention with DERMATUff
Many people caring for elderly family members worry greatly about them bumping themselves and getting skin tears. Isn’t it much more sensible to prevent skin tears rather than deal with them after the event? Dermatuff is the way to do this, let us help you improve your quality of life.