Adult diaper rash (diaper dermatitis) occurs when the skin is irritated by prolonged wetness, a moist environment or diaper chaffing. If left untreated, the rash can become infected, leading to serious skin complications. Read below to find out what you can do to prevent a painful diaper rash:
- Use the right size incontinence product. This is key in preventing adult diaper rash. Measure your waist and hips to find a proper-fitting brief. The brief should comfortably fit snugly on your body. If the brief is too small or tight, it’ll dig into your skin, which in turn, can lead to painful rashes. A tight diaper will also restrict airflow to your perineal area, creating a moist environment for bacteria to grow. If the brief is too large or loose, there will be gaps that can increase chaffing and irritation to the skin.
- Find the right absorbency for your type of incontinence. It’s not enough to find a proper-fitting brief; you must also find one that will hold more fluid than you put out. If you only have trickling problems, you might not even need an adult diaper – perhaps an incontinence pad will just do. However, if you have constant heavy leakage, you’ll need an adult brief with a super absorbent core.
- Promptly remove soiled undergarments as soon as possible. Staying in a wet diaper for too long can lead to yeast infections and burning rashes. Find out how much urine your brief can absorb before you need to change it. If possible, take your time when changing – give your skin time to air out. If you know you won’t have access to a bathroom and can’t change quickly, place a booster pad in your brief to increase its fluid capacity.
- Maintain healthy skin with thorough cleaning and protective ointments. With every incontinence episode, it’s critical to keep the skin clean. Don't use scented soaps when showering or bathing; instead, opt for a ph-balanced soap that won't dry your skin out. Barrier creams, such as Calmoseptine and Aloe Vesta, help keep your skin moisturized and protected from constant exposure to urine. Be sure to gently pat (not rub) the diaper area dry before putting your brief back on.
- See a doctor. An untreated diaper rash can be very dangerous, especially for elderly adults and those who already have fragile skin. If a rash starts to develop, treat it quickly. You don’t want your diaper rash to turn into a bacterial infection or worse. Your doctor can help you find the best diaper rash cream for your skin type.
Be proactive to keep your skin well protected and free from diaper rashes. Use the tips above and you shouldn’t have a problem. However, if you do end up with a terrible rash, be sure to treat it as soon as possible and seek medical attention.