Consensus and supplementsSupplement : Practical tips: Skin care for the lower limb affected by venous disease

Supplement : Practical tips: Skin care for the lower limb affected by venous disease

26/06/13 | How to guides, Skin integrity, Supplements | Hildegard Charles, Irene Anderson

It is important for the clinician to be aware of the underlying causes of skin problems. A knowledge and understanding of skin conditions provides the healthcare professional with an opportunity for an accurate and enhanced diagnosis and a more effective treatment plan that can reduce further problems occurring. In venous and lymphovenous oedema there are skin changes that take place. There is no clear cut-off point between venous and lymphovenous oedema, and if venous oedema is left untreated, lymphatic changes may led to lymphovenous oedema (Hofman, 2010). Therefore, it is of great importance to protect the skin against bacteria, as well as preventing infection and possible cellulitis.