Chafing in the Summer

photo of obese woman walking on the beach | chafingThe hot, sultry summer weather can cause chafing, an unpleasant skin condition, for lipedema sufferers. Marcia V. Byrd, M.D. who specializes in treating lipedema patients using WAL or Water-Assisted Liposuction is committed to help her patients at the Lipedema Surgery Center understand the disease and how to alleviate its discomforts. Chafing is a common problem during the summer.

Skin Irritation

“Chafing” is a skin condition caused by skin-to-skin contact of parts of the body or coarse fabric rubbing against the skin. People describe chafing as “skin rubbed raw.” It’s an irritation that can usually be found in the inner thighs, inner glutes, and armpits. Sometimes the nipples are affected. There are ways to prevent chafing before it gets started.

Try Powder

Keeping the skin dry is important. Wetness can make chafing worse. Powders can keep moisture to a minimum. Apply it to the areas that most often get sweaty.

Try Lubricants

Wherever you feel discomfort, you might try a lubricant such as petroleum jelly or other products to ease the friction. Try over-the-counter products to see which ones are most effective for your skin. Your pharmacist may have some suggestions.

Wear the Right Clothes

Check your clothing for large seams which could be problematic and avoid cotton material. Stick to synthetic fibers. A compression garment may help. Make sure your clothing fits properly. If it doesn’t, it can cause chafing. Wear comfortable clothes and underwear.

Here’s the Aggravation

Chafing can become a problem if it is not addressed. If you have a “hot spot,” clean the area with water and pat it dry. Rubbing may worsen it. When the area is clean, apply petroleum jelly and give it some time to heal before becoming active again. To promote healing, you may want to leave the area exposed to air while you sleep. It may help to apply petroleum jelly and cover the area during the day.

Avoid Infection

Continued chafing of a wound could cause infection. You may need to call Dr. Byrd if the area becomes very painful, swollen, or is bleeding, or crusted. She may prescribe some medicated ointment to promote healing faster.

Dr. Marcia Byrd is devoted to her lipedema patients who come from all over the U.S. for diagnosis and treatment. Make a consultation appointment today to talk about the latest lipedema treatments.

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