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Prosthetic Guides — Prosthetic Cleansers

Can I wipe down my prosthetic leg or arm?

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The short answer, ab-solu-tely!  You should wipe down your prosthetic socket at a minimum of once per day, if not more.  Whether you use a damp soapy towel or an Prosthetic Shower Wipe, wiping down the inside of the socket at night is an important step of a prosthetic skin care regimen.  Using a prosthetic wipe in many instances is the preferable method versus showering or bathing with hot water.  A hot shower or bath can dehydrate your skin and increase swelling leading to a overly tight and difficult socket fit. 

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5 Reasons to stop using antibacterial soap

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After 40 years of research, the FDA concluded that there is no evidence that antibacterial soap can curb bacterial growth.  As a result, manufacturers will have to prove that their products are both safe and more effective than good old soap and water.  If not, they will have to remove it from store shelves and warehouses.  This removal began in 2016.

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Prosthetic Cleansers, A Primer

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At the end of an 8 hour workday we know that all you want to do is relax at home, but before you get comfortable there's one thing you have to do: wash your limb and prosthetic supplies to get rid of the day's sweat, dirt, and oil buildup. Great hygiene is essential to the health of your skin, and skin cleansers are the foundation of your daily skin care routine. Prosthetic cleansers are designed to remove sweat and dirt from not only your limb, but your prosthetic liners and below knee sleeves as well. 

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How do I clean my prosthetic socket?

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You may not want to think about it, but prosthetic liners, socks, and sockets are total germ-magnets. Each one spends a whole day collecting bacteria and dead skin cells that can irritate the skin unless they're cleaned away. In fact, any part of your prosthetic interface that comes in contact with skin should be cleaned on the regular.

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Should My Cleanser Be pH Balanced?

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Your skin's health and the overall health of your body are directly linked to your pH level -- the ratio of acidity to alkalinity in your skin. When choosing a cleanser, you'll want a product formulated to help maintain the right balance.

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