How To Prevent Skin Problems Or Irritation If You Have Incontinence
Dealing With Incontinence: How to Prevent Skin Irritation
Incontinence can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition to deal with. Just as well, it can also be painful. Skin irritations and problems that result from incontinence can be distracting and irritating and can also impair daily life.There are many solutions out there to preventing and treating skin problems caused by incontinence. In this guide, we’ll be exploring what skin problems are commonly caused by incontinence and how to treat them.
What Skin Problems Can Incontinence Cause?
There are many symptoms one can experience from skin conditions caused by incontinence, but the two main skin conditions one could have are incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) and skin infection.
Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis (IAD)
IAD is common in those who suffer from chronic incontinence. It occurs when the barrier that your skin creates is damaged by bacteria in urine or stool.Common symptoms of IAD include burning, itching, excess warmth, pain, lesions, red inflammation, and fungal infections. Typically, only the area around one’s genitals and thighs are affected.
Bacterial skin infections can be caused by a number of things, one being incontinence. The bacteria in urine can irritate the skin, and if left unwashed or untreated, it can lead to a bacterial infection of the skin.Symptoms of skin infections include warm and hard skin, pain, blisters, maceration, skin breakdown, and discolored skin.
How to Prevent Skin Irritation Caused by Incontinence
1. Clean the affected area regularly. The best way to prevent a skin infection is to bathe regularly, especially when you’re aware of incontinence occurring. Keeping the skin clean can help reduce exposure to urine bacteria.
2. Change your incontinence products as soon as you’re aware of soiling.
3. Use skin products designed to keep your skin at a normal pH range, somewhere between 4 and 7.
4. Eat foods that improve skin health, such as fatty fish, avocadoes, sweet potatoes, and sunflower seeds.
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