Tips on reducing infection and injury to the arm

Tips on reducing the risk of injury or infection to the arm

  • Treat infections of the at-risk arm and hand right away.
  • Wear gloves when doing house or garden work.
  • Keep skin clean and well-moisturized.
  • Use the arm not at risk when having blood drawn, getting injections or having blood pressure taken.
  • Avoid sunburn and excess heat from saunas, hot baths, tanning and other sources.
  • Do not cut nail cuticles.
  • Use insect repellant when outdoors.
  • Avoid injuries, including scratches and bruises, to the at-risk arm.
  • Rest the at-risk arm in an elevated position (above the heart or shoulder).

If you have an infection, injury or any of the symptoms listed above, see your health care provider.

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