Managing incontinence with absorbent pads, diapers or condom catheters often leads to an unpleasant side effect – skin rashes. The twin problems of moisture and acidity work together to erode skin health. The result – rash and irritation. Use these strategies to care for skin rashes and consult your doctor when rashes don’t go away. Left untreated, skin rashes can become infected leading to avoidable complications and discomfort.
Keep the affected area clean and dry
Use a gentle cleanser with a soft cloth and lukewarm water to thoroughly clean the area. Non-alkaline soaps such as Cetaphil or Eucerin will cleanse without causing additional irritation. Rinse completely and pat the area dry.
Keep moisture out
Compromised skin is vulnerable. Help delicate skin heal and reduce the risk of infection by keeping moisture out. Change adult diapers and absorbent pads regularly. Be sure products are sized appropriately. Remove external catheters gently and without tugging or pulling. Expose the affected area to fresh air whenever possible.
Use a barrier
Protect skin from urine’s acidity with moisture barriers. There are a number of effective skin prep products for use with condom catheters and moisture barriers for use with pads and diapers you can use to help skin feel comfortable. Apply BioPlus when using external catheters to provide a barrier before application.
Use the presence of a skin rash as a warning to adjust your incontinence care plan. Make changes as needed and monitor the skin for improvement. If the problem worsens, don’t hesitate to consult with your healthcare provider. Your doctor can help you rule out problems such as an allergic reaction or prescribe medication if over the counter skin balms are not effective.
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