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58 Alzheimer's Disease

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Protect open or irritated skin lesions from further tissue trauma and infection. Apply unguents and soothing creams, if appropriate, to manage discomfort. Assist the patient with colloidal baths and activities of daily living ifjoint pain and the lesions give the patient limited activity tolerance. Reassure the patient that the lesions are of short duration prior to healing. Explore possible sources of the allergy. Allow the patient time to discuss concerns about the disease. If the patient or significant other appears to be coping ineffectively, provide a referral to a clinical nurse specialist or counselor.

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