Amputees who wear a prosthesis notice they sweat more than before. That’s because more physical exertion is needed when moving in a prosthesis causing body temperature to rise. Sweating is a way that helps the body cool. However, when a residual limb is encased in a socket, liner, socks, and the like, it isn’t easy to cool off.
However, there are some strategies that can help.
Removing your prosthesis, if you are able, at least twice a day and wash your limb with unscented soap. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Socks, liners or some other insert should be changed often in hot weather and also cleaned daily according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Use skin creams and lotions on a limited basis. If you have very dry skin, use the lotion or cream before bedtime. In the morning, wash your limb again to prevent any residue from damaging your liner.
Clean your socket. You should be doing this whether you sweat profusely or not. Using a medicated soap and warm water, clean and rinse thoroughly the entire surface of the socket. Use absorbent towels to dry the socket and allow it to ventilate overnight.
Antiperspirants can help. There are formulas specially made for amputees. Some can be purchased from online sites or you may be able to get a prescription from your physician.
Botox is not just for wrinkles. The properties of Botox can reduce sweating. Consult with your physician if this may be an option for you.
As always, if you have any questions about skin care, if you notice any redness, swelling, or sores, contact us immediately.