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Summer Senior Care: Managing Itchy Skin this Hot Weather Season

Senior Care in West Trenton NJ

Senior Care in West Trenton NJThe summer months can be a fantastic time for your aging parent to be on a senior care journey. The warmer weather, longer days, and generally more leisurely pace of life gives them wonderful opportunities to get out and have fun with their senior health care services provider. From swimming and hiking, to strolls along the beach and visits to local historical and entertainment spots, there are many activities that your aging parents can enjoy to keep them feeling active, engaged, and stimulated. While they are having fun and staying active and healthy throughout the summer months, however, it is important to keep in mind the possibility of a variety of health complications. One of the most common issues that the warm weather months bring is itchy, uncomfortable skin.

The summer months can be prime time for itchy skin for a variety of reasons. These issues, however, can make your parent extremely uncomfortable, and can even cause them to scratch at their skin, making them vulnerable to infection, illness, and extensive damage to their skin. Being able to handle these causes of itchy skin can help keep your parent more comfortable so that they do not lose out on the fun and excitement of the summer.

Some of the causes of itchy skin during the hot weather season include:

• Sun allergy. Many people do not even consider the idea that they could be allergic to the sun. They think of allergies as only something that occurs when you consume something or apply something to your skin. The reality, however, is that the sun can create an immune reaction in the skin just like other allergens. Some people are dangerously allergic to the sun, but others have reactions that only cause itchy, red rashes across the skin. This can be unsightly and extremely uncomfortable. Handle this by avoiding direct sun exposure between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM when the sun is at its most intense. Talk to your parent’s doctor about easing the discomfort with antihistamine creams or medications.

• Sunburn. Even a minor sunburn can cause dryness and serious itching. Ease the discomfort of the sunburn and encourage healing by moisturizing the skin. Aloe Vera gel is cooling and highly moisturizing, making it perfect for nurturing the skin and helping it to get better.

• Insect bites. Bites from pests such as mosquitos, fleas, chiggers, and others are very common during the summer months and can lead to miserable itching. Protect against this itching by using bug repellant whenever your aging parent will be outside, especially during the evening hours. If your parent does get a bite, antihistamine cream or calamine lotion can relieve the itching and reduce the urge to scratch, which helps prevent damage to the skin that can become infected.

• Heat rash. Sometimes known as “prickly skin”, heat rash occurs when the skin becomes overheated and the sweat glands become blocked. This prevents sweat from getting to the surface of the skin where it can evaporate. This causes irritation, redness, and itching. Soothe this by cooling the skin and applying witch hazel to encourage the skin to open. Wear lightweight clothing that encourages the skin to breathe and keep air circulating around the skin as much as possible.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in West Trenton, NJ please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.

Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM

Administrator, Mercer/Burlington Division at Care Street Home Care
Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM, Care Street’s able administrator has more than 30 years of clinical experience in private practice and Skilled Nursing settings, with specific experience in clinical case management in Gerontology.

Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.

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