As you age your skin changes and elderly skin care is much different than regular skin care. As a person ages, they may become sensitive to many chemicals that they were not sensitive before. Many products that are on the market now are "new and improved" and often have lavish scents. My elderly father, became allergic to many of perfumes and dyes that are added to the laundry soap and fabric softeners. When we took over care of Dad while Mom was in the hospital, he began having rashes on his legs mostly where his socks were touching his legs. So what did we do? We bought ankle height socks instead of the mid calf height. Did that work? No, it just lowered the height of the rash. We did switch to a laundry soap with no perfumes and no dyes, and were using a free and clear fabric sheet.
Well, Dad's rash still was there and wouldn't go away, finally the doctor told us that it was the fabric softener sheets. She said to change to a liquid fabric softener that you put in the washer and use one that is perfume free and dye free. The is only one on the market, Downy in the white bottle. It is a bit hard to find, but we found that if we use a hypoallergenic laundry soap, such as Dreft® it helps to reduce the risk of rashes and use the liquid fabric softener, his delicate elderly skin will be soft and beautiful. So my hint for the day is to wash all your elder's clothing, bedding and any other item that touches their skin in a hypoallergenic laundry soap and use a liquid fabric softener.
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