Skin Care And Incontinence
People who’ve problems managing their urine or bowels (called incontinence) are at risk for pores and skin problems. Skin areas most affected are close to the buttocks, sides, genitals, and between your pelvis and rectum (perineum). Excess dampness in these certain specific areas makes pores and skin problems such as inflammation, peeling, discomfort, and yeast-based infections likely. Using diapers and other products can make skin problems worse.
Although they could keep bedding and clothing cleaner, these products allow urine or stool to be in continuous contact with the skin. Over time, the skin breaks down. Special treatment must be studied to keep the epidermis dry and clean. Cleaning and drying the area right after urinating or having a bowel movement away.
Cleaning the skin with mild, dilute soap and water then rinsing well and softly patting dried out. Use soap-free skin cleansers that do not cause dryness or irritation. Follow the product’s instructions. Some products do not require rinsing. Moisturizing creams can help keep the skin moist. Avoid products that contain alcohol, which might irritate the skin.
If you are receiving radiation therapy, ask your health care provider if it is OK to use any lotions or creams. Consider using a skin sealant or moisture barrier. Ointments or Creams that contain zinc oxide, lanolin, or petrolatum form a protective barrier on the skin. Some skin care products, often in the form of a spray or a towelette, create an obvious, protective film over your skin.
A provider can suggest barrier …