Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

PREVENTION. Teach the patient about the disease and its cause. If the allergen is identified, assist the patient in eliminating the allergen if possible. Teach the patient to protect lesions from additional trauma by wearing long-sleeved blouses or shirts. Teach the patient to pay particular attention to edematous areas where skin breaks down easily if injured. Encourage the patient to prevent secondary infections by avoiding contact with others and by using good hand-washing techniques. Encourage the patient to report recurrent signs and symptoms, which are most likely to occur 6 weeks after the initial onset of symptoms.

MEDICATIONS. Provide the patient with information about the medications, including dosage, route, action, and side effects. Provide the patient with written information so that the patient can refer to it for questions at home.

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