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Skin Care after Spinal Cord Injury

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 3, 2024.

What do I need to know about skin care after a spinal cord injury?

Skin care after a spinal cord injury is important because you are at risk for pressure injuries. A pressure injury is also called a pressure sore, bedsore, wound, or decubitus ulcer. They develop when you sit or lie on a bony area for too long. Bladder or bowel accidents can make your skin wet and cause the skin to break down more quickly. You may not be able to feel a cut or scratch until it becomes a blister or large draining sore.

How do I care for my skin?

What else can I do to help prevent a pressure injury?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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