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In this new climate, where healthcare workers and even the public now have to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to avoid exposing themselves and others to coronavirus (COVID-19) a secondary thought is how this equipment is affecting our skin. One of the questions raised by Florence Health is whether PPE can damage the skin and if so, can it cause long-term damage?

One study indicates that PPE can cause skin problems, such as pressure injuries and moisture-associated skin damage. Florence Health have discussed this issue with Dr. Green who suggests that people can potentially use “topical emollients and cortisone creams, as well as antibiotic ointments” to help with skin care issues caused by PPE.

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You can find out more about this issue at Florence Health and read the full article, titled, “New Research Reveals Risks of PPE-Related Skin Injuries“.

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