Adult Diaper Rash
Adult Diaper Rash- Things to Know About
Obviously, adult diapers by the name itself, are diapers specifically designed for adult use, particularly for adults who often deal with urinary issues as well as bowel weaknesses. For those who do not know, many individuals who cannot control their bowels as well as their urine cycles use adult diapers. And sometimes, it can also be used by pregnant women who likely feel urinating frequently and urgently. But, don’t you know that using adult diaper can also cause rashes to adults? Similarly, adults can also have or experience from having diaper rash, which is actually one of the common issues by many adults who use diapers for their urinary problem.
For those who are not aware of, diaper rash is a skin issue caused by the skin rubbing from the diaper, contact with chemicals, and staying wet from the diaper in the urine as well as stool. Not only diaper rash may usually happen for babies, but this can also be a common diaper issue many adults would experience. To this kind of issue, the skin may look burned, scalded, raw, and red. While symptoms of diaper rash are uncomfortable, itchy, generally it is not a kind of skin problems which are very serious and cannot be treated.
Just like what I have said a while ago, this kind of rash is commonly a kind of skin issue that occur in babies as well as young children. But, it can usually occur at different ages if diapers are worn.
In fact, an adult may get this diaper rash in the genital area if she or he cannot wash this particular area very well. If possible, if an adult does not experience or does not have complete bladder or bowel control, he or she may use incontinence briefs. These kinds of adult briefs can possibly cause skin irritation or sometimes a person may be allergic to the perfumes use in the material. Adult diaper rash is just the same with baby’s diaper rash, and with possible home treatment may better help this rash to go away.
Furthermore, bacterial and fungal infections may be the possible cause of diaper rash, especially for adults. For its symptom, the skin may be swollen and at same time red with a peel, blister or mild rash in a severe rash. Actually, this is a skin problem or a diaper rash that usually bleeds, oozes fluid o raw which can be sometimes harder to treat.
An allergic reaction is also one of the common causes of diaper rash for adult. This is not actually similar with bacterial and fungal skin infections. Commonly, this is the kind of skin allergy which can lead to skin rashes because of wipes and diaper. These skin rashes are generally having symptoms such as redness on the skin with apparent erosions and vesicles. If in case the diagnosis of allergic reaction is under any doubt, getting into skin patch test may be done.
Another cause of diaper rash for adult is irritant or contact dermatitis. Any irritant coming in contact with skin may cause erosion or redness particularly on the uppermost layers of skin. However, compared from other diaper causes mention while ago, this one is likely different. Why? It is because the areas of the skin which are not in contact with the affected or irritant such as stool or urine might do get affected. In other words, only those specific areas that is in contact.
But, why adult diaper rash occur? What are the common causes of this? Actually diaper rash occurs because of some related reasons. Aside from the mentioned causes above, some of these are as follows:
- Not changing a dirty or wet diaper often enough. Remember, the contact may become irritated from direct and long-time of contact from stool as well as urine, most particularly when diarrhea is present. The longer the diaper is worn, the longer the dirt and bacteria stay on the skin.
Also, having a diaper rash may be also a sign of neglect and abuse.
Sometimes, adults who usually experience from frequently urinary are those who are in their old ages enough. Instead to go on the comfort room, they are recommended to use adult diaper for them to easily pee as possible. However, sometimes, they forgot to remove their diapers unless there is one person who would assist them to remove it on time, especially if they are already dirty.
Sometimes, having a diaper rash may also because of the following:
- Abuse occurs when a caregiver purposely doesn’t treat a diaper rash because of anger at the adult.
- Neglect occurs, especially when a caregiver or personal assistant doesn’t treat the rash at the possible and exact time treatment is already needed.
There are actually several causes of diaper rash, especially for adult. Sometimes, this rash may also occur together with other skin issues. Such as seborrhea, atompic dermatitis, or psoriasis, and the rash can be described as oozing and red. For those who are asking if when this rash will last? In other cases, most adult diaper rashes last about twenty four hours and can be immediately treated at home. Since, the diaper is the main concern for having a rash, changing diaper more often is much needed. Also, with careful cleaning and washing of the skin at the same time, the rash will easily disappear. Similarly, treatment for this rash is just the same for both adult and children. However, if possible use the best treatment suited to the type of skin you have, or if not ask for expert advice like doctor on how to effectively treat this kind of diaper rash.
Prevention of Adult Diaper Rash
Surely, after you read the information above stating that diaper rash occur also in adult, you may be wondering how to treat or prevent adult diaper rash, right? Well, if you are one of the adults who are using diaper for their urinary, then you should be aware of having this kind of skin problem. If possible, when you already notice one beginning to form on particular part where you wear diaper, you should take quick actions to eliminate and stop it from contacting with other parts of your skin.
In order to help you prevent from having adult diaper rash, take a quick look at some of the preventative guide you can consider.
Know what is causing it
Since, diaper rash occur when using a diaper, the first step that you need to do to prevent this rash is to know what is actually causing it. For diaper rash, there can be actually variety of related factors/ reasons that will make it more common or much worse. And knowing this is your mission. Like for instance, if a certain adult or patient is not often changing their undergarment or if they have particular dietary problems, they are also contributing to the possibility of getting a rash. Therefore if not changing the undergarment and diaper is the problem, then you should therefore do not practice doing it. Even you feel to yourself that your diaper is still not dirty, but you use for a period of time, you should change it and if possible change it more often.
Take the time to change your adult diaper
Just like what I have said, changing a diaper more often is the best and effective way to prevent diaper rash. Often times, a person with urinary problem feel that they do not have to change their diaper or incontinence undergarment on a regular basis, which is not good. Even they are unable to, they should make a way to change it. In this matter, they can call the attention of his or her family for the assistance. Or if you are a patient and in the hospital, there are nurses that you can count on in order to help you. If you are one of the adults who used diapers, you should remember that this product that is being used should be changed more often in order to keep also the bacteria as well as the moisture away from skin. If you cannot do this yourself, you can therefore get a caregiver to make sure that diaper rash will be prevented.
See or consult a doctor if diaper rash occurs
If you think that you cannot treat rash on your own because you do not know what to do, you can then seek help to a doctor. If possible, before rash becomes worst you consult it to them in order to give you some advice that you can use for rash treatment. Diaper rash is more than just an uncomfortable nuisance. Why? Because, sometimes patients who have diaper rash are at risk for having more serious skin infections or skin issues. So in order to prevent this to happen, they would make sure to see their health doctor and give them the right treatment they need to prevent such skin issues. The doctor is the right person that can help you, even though you think that the rash is just a small form, seeking for advice of a professional is best recommended.
Consider using diaper powder and cream
In preventing adult diaper rash, there are actually many different products you can use. Protection from having this rash is not only just found in the incontinence product that is being used or changing the diaper more often. But people with urinary problems can also make sure to not having rash by using powder or skin cream. There are many different formulations of cream available in the market. These creams are specifically made to protect delicate skin that is too much exposed to urinary matter. However, though, powder and creams are used for preventing diaper rash, it does not mean that you do not choose for the right one. It is still very essential to look for the best product suited to the type of skin you may have, not just because of the price, but with the most quality one which is effective. Also, if possible, before you use the product you consult first it to the doctor to see if it is best before using it.
Use the right and best diaper supplies
Often times, adult diaper rash is the result of not using the best and right diaper. Though, let say that you need to wear this product for your urinary problem, it doesn’t mean that you get only the cheap one and not made from quality product. It is very important that a person with incontinence is wearing the right and quality product. Aside from that, it should be fit on the right absorbency and size of the person to ensure that it is effective while still comfortable to use. Having the right use of diaper is also one effective way to prevent this rash. So, do not forget to take note this matter. In addition, manufacturers/ providers of diapers must understand that all people do not the same needs, especially when it comes to diapers. It is important that the person who is using this kind of product best choose the right brand for his or her gender.
By knowing the right and best preventative ways to preventing adult diaper rash, you will not only ensure to have a good skin even you are using a diaper, but also give you a choice to use diaper while still feeling comfortable all day long.
Adult diaper rash and baby diaper rash are very similar in many different ways such as symptoms, causes, and even in terms of cure and prevention. However, both of these are irritating and not good. If you want to prevent yourself from having the diaper rash, take precautionary measures in order to help you and not get this problem become worst. I hope that the information above guide you for better understanding about diaper rash not only in getting the right treatment, but also knowing the possible causes behind this.