Thinning skin can be very easily lacerated or torn by just a minor accidental bump against something hard.
The condition of fragile and thin skin is more common than you might think. Most of us develop thin skin on our lower legs and forearms, which is mainly due to advancing years.
The condition of fragile and thin skin: Causes and protection
In 2016, there was approximately 11.8 million people aged 65+ in the UK. This represents 18% of the UK population that are more liable to suffering with thin, weak or fragile skin on their legs and forearms. The fragile or thin skin condition tends to begin affecting people over the age of 60 and it gets worse the older we get. Thin skin is also due to primary medical conditions such as the long term use of steroids, sun exposure and inflammatory skin disease. Thinning skin can be very easily lacerated or torn by just a minor accidental bump against something hard. View our PDF info-graphic for more information about the causes and results of having thin or fragile skin.
It has been reported that skin tears may have an incidence rate of 15.5% among patients over 65 years (Konya et al, 2010). With an increasing elderly population, it is believed by some that the incidence of skin tears in the elderly will become one of the largest problems in wound care. Dermatuff have found that most people who buy on our e-commerce site suffer from at least one skin tear per week. Thin skin and the resulting skin tears are a huge problem that sufferers and the NHS face. That is why, prevention with Dermatuff is key.
Common wounds associated with thin skin
The common wounds from having thin skin are known as ‘skin tears’ or ‘skin flaps’ and 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 effect on our mental health
Possibly 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 and playing a sport are often avoided with other consequences to our health.
Protection for thin skin
Many people caring for elderly family members worry greatly about them bumping themselves and getting skin tears. They would much rather prevent skin tears than deal with them after the event. Dermatuff offer the solution with our thin skin arm protectors and leg protectors. To find out more information about protection for thin skin and the Dermatuff solution, please click here. If you wish to read more about the features and benefits of the Dermatuff system, click here.
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