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How to Prevent Incontinence Rashes

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Individuals living with incontinence may experience pain and discomfort when dealing with an incontinence rash. It is important for one’s quality of life to prevent the development of incontinence associated dermatitis. 

What are incontinence rashes?

Incontinence rashes, also known as incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD), is inflammation of the skin due to prolonged contact with urine or fecal matter. Common signs of IAD include redness or a pinkish hue of the skin in the affected areas. Sometimes, bumps or bruises may also occur. In more severe cases, skin breakdown may result in fungal infections.

Incontinence Rash Prevention

Maintaining proper hygiene is crucial for preventing incontinence rashes. In order to prevent incontinence rashes, one should follow these steps:

Inspect and identify signs of incontinence rash

  • Redness, skin warm to the touch, burning sensation, etc

Clean the affected area with a pH cleanser (~pH 5.5) or pH balanced wipes

  • Apply a barrier cream or ointment to protect the skin from further irritation

Soothe the affected area with moisturizers or petroleum jelly to hydrate the skin

Protect the affected area & prevent moisture to avoid skin damage

What are the risk factors of incontinence rashes?

There are several risk factors for IAD which include:

  • critical illness, 
  • decreased cognitive awareness,
  • immobility, 
  • lack of personal hygiene, 
  • severity of incontinence leaks,
  • taking certain medications such as immunosuppressants or antibiotics, 
  • pain
  • poor nutrition, and
  • raised body temperature.

If you find yourself or someone you love unable to properly care for oneself, it may be time to hire extra help from a caregiver.

Helpful Tips for Preventing IAD

  • Use high quality incontinence supplies

Incontinence supplies designed for maximum absorbency help draw moisture away from the skin to prevent incontinence rashes. 

  • Friction can cause a skin rash, especially when a brief or diaper is tight 

It may be advised to let the skin breathe without diapers. Using disposable incontinence bed pads are a great alternative to catch nighttime dribbles or leaks.  

  • Change incontinence products more frequently, especially when soiled

Buying incontinence supplies in bulk can help ensure that you or someone you are caring for always have incontinence supplies on hand. 

  • Keep your skin dry and clean

As mentioned, proper hygiene is key for preventing incontinence rashes. 

San Pablo Commercial has undergone extensive product testing and only partners with leading manufacturers to ensure high quality, absorbent incontinence medical products. We source out premium materials and have designed a maximum fluid locking technology to make our products more absorbent than competitor brands. We want our customers to be satisfied with our products so they can worry less about incontinence, spend more time with family, and improve their quality of life.

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