Health Concern

@webeishere (36377)
United States
March 8, 2007 4:32pm CST
I am the caregiver for my 83 year old father. I do most everything for him. Now the main problem I/he has are his feet & ankles. They tend to dry up severely. I have asked him to sit around every morning with no socks, slippers, or shoes on to air them out after latehring them up with gels etc. I've used various lotions, gels & balms. My question is, Is there a good product that would assist in the dry scaly skin that could be used once every few days instead of 2 or 3 times daily? Is there any other way to tend to this as far as cleaning them more than I do now with a regular bath? Is there a particular lotion, gel,balm or whatever that really, really is good at softening up an old mans skin? Thanks for all response in advance. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
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@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
9 Mar 07
BAG BALM, Grandpa Bob. It's made for cows' udders to keep them soft but it's now sold in the lotion aisle of walmart,kmart, possibly Osco and Walgreens. That stuff works wonders on my dry,itchy ankles/heels. I slather it on in the evening and put socks on while sleeping. Wake up to super soft skin in the am.
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@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
9 Mar 07
That stuff works great it's even good for cuts and scrapes. You can also get it at a feed or tack store as well as at a vets office
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Since the extra dryness seems relegated to one particular body area, I wonder if it is some king of condition that may need medication. You might want to check with the doctor about this. Could be a fungus of some sort. Also could be in part, a circulation problem. Have him alternate elevating, then lowering his feet and massage them periodically.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Ewwwww! Now I have to deal with a "FUNGUS ON MY FATHER"? Now that sounds funny as heck. HAHAHAHA! Thanks I'll have to check with thr Dr and also make him lift his feet also. LOL HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
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• Philippines
9 Mar 07
yes, i agree with susieq223. when i was reading this discussion, the first thing that came to my mind is that the dryness could have caused by a kind of fungus infection. since you said you have tried almost all kinds of moisturizer but still it doesn't give you improvements. another reason could be having a problem with circulation of the blood in that area, hence, a massage once in a while is needed for this prior to soaking of the feet in warm water diluted with some parts of olive oil.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
I wish you luck on this one. I have to say try gold bond in your local supermarket. I don't do feet at all. but I had this problem with my face after trying so many other products for dry face. Gold bond's product was the best. I saw some foot care items when I picked up my lotion it's in walmart. If you have one near by. Also try using a foot scrapper and them some gold bond lotion.
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@GardenGerty (90224)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 07
At least he is not suffering from swelling and edema. That is fortunate. I have three suggestions for you, two of them will involve some expense, but only one time. First, buy him some slippers that are leather, with sheep skin lining, the natural lanolin in the sheepskin will then soften his feet. My husband has a pair I got from LL Bean, they are about $45.00. but they are top quality. (maybe wool hunting socks would do the same, cheaper?), Second suggestion is to buy a parrafin bath, and treat his feet and ankles. The parrafin is a natural moisturizer, and usually has added essenial oils that also are helpful. Only use the medium heat range, as at 83 he could be subject to skin burns. You would only do this once or twice a week. Cost is under $ 40.00 at WalMart, or Sam's Club, maybe less online. I bought one of these for my hands, for pain. I love it. He could do both. Added bonus is improved sleep. Third solution is very inexpensive, you should do it nightly, however. Get a jar of Vick's Vaporub, and rub his clean feet and ankles with it. Put on loose fitting white socks over it. It is petroleum based, then it has essential oils that are also helpful in healing, notably oil of thyme. Added benefit, oil of thyme is anti bacterial, anti fungal. Blessings on you for taking care of your dad.
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
9 Mar 07
The Vopr Rub I can buy. The leather slippers with sheepskin lining & the parafin bath dad can buy. HAHAHA. Great suggestions here. Thanks a bunch. Truely appreciated. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
@cdparazo (5769)
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
We have here lots of organic and herbal remedies Grandpa Bob. You need some moisturizer that would last for 24 hours. I am actually using one for my feet because I use open shoes all the time and my feet do really become so scaly and hard that it's embarassing. So I use this skin softener and sometimes body butter that is very good in moisturizing my skin. However, those products will be bought only here in the my country. I may try posting them in my ebay store.
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Thank you very much also. Good to see you online also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
9 Mar 07
I can't be exactly certain what products are easily available for you to purchase, but in my mind, some of the cheapest products are the best. Aloe Vera and vaseline. The latter will be greasy, but it is very effective.My daughter uses vaseline for her skin irritatins when swimming (chlrine being the problem).
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I uae a vasoline lotion product. The problem is that dads constantly rubbing his feet & Ive got the oily mess all over my furniture. Ive got sheets covering my couch, love seat, and the rocker. LOL Thanks for the thought & suggestion. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
8 Mar 07
Oh a question that I have experience in. :) Contact your local Mary Kay Rep and ask for the Satin Hands Kit. It works wonders on feet. I think it will cost around $35 for the initial kit but after that you will only have to buy when you run out and some of the products you will go through faster than others. Ask for the instruction for the it also that will give you the order in which to apply. It takes maybe 10 minutes. You will notice a difference almost immediately and within days should clear up the problem for as long as you use it. Hope it helps.
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Thanks for this. Going to see the other responses I get before I run out to my Mary Kay rep. LOL. Odd thing is a member at my AA club is a rep of Mary Kay. Very useful info too. Thanks bunches.
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@JWREDBUD (28)
• United States
9 Mar 07
If you stick gummi bears between his toes overnight they'll have a juicy juicy fresh scent. As far as them being dry I'd suggest a good laxative.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
9 Mar 07
LOL. I'd hate to be the one to eat the gummi bears afterwards. Too funny. Thanx for the laff also. Loved it.
@lafavorito (2970)
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
nutraplus - nutraplus therapeutic lotion for very dry skin
Hi I simply adore you for taking care of your father, very few people are kind enough to look after their parents. My grandpa have very dry skin on his legs down to his feet and the doctor prescribed him to use Nutraplus or Nutraderm, it's a product made by Galderma (http://www.galderma.com/). Though I still suggest you seek an opinion of a doctor. Take care!
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Thnak you very much for the kind compliment & for the suggestion. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
9 Mar 07
Hi..Ask your father to take at least 3-4liters of water every day(if he doesn't have any renal anomaly)..my suggesion is take a little vasseline in your hand and add a little water mix it throughly.. then apply in your father's feet..leave it for some time ..this may help you.
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@finlander60 (1776)
• United States
9 Mar 07
The first thing I would suggest is to make sure he is properly hydrated. Make sure he drinks enough water. The suggestions from GardenGerty are very good. In addition to what she has suggested I would add a treatment of Corn Huskers Lotion during the daytime, while wearing a pair of FRESH, CLEAN, WHITE SOCKS. You should use fresh, clean, white socks for each different treatment. When using the leather slippers with sheepskin you do not want the creams or ointments to come into contact with the sheepskin directly. Corn Huskers Lotion is basically Glycerin, and it is also a humectant. You are to be commended for doing all you can for your Dad. God bless you. You can get the Corn Huskers Lotion at Wal-Mart. It is not very expensive, but it's kind of like skunk smell...A little bit goes a loooooooooong way. Good luck.
• India
9 Mar 07
this is a homemade reciepe.....use cream of milk...it works vry well for dry skin.......or else try using mustartd oil....
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• India
9 Mar 07
I am really concerned as to why you put up this discussion, its a matter concerning ur pop's health.I would not have considered asking opininons from people who are mostly amatuers, of course u can't distinguish the responders from an amatuer to a medical practitioner, can u?I wud have lt the doctors to decide on this.I'm sorry if i sonded rude, but i really got angry that you wud even think that u can take ideas from amatuers in ur pop's health condition.I'm sorry
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