As you are taking care of an adult patient or loved one at the hospital or at home, you usually let them use adult diapers. Since they are fragile because of their illness, they need not to overuse their energy just by going back and forth to the comfort room to urinate and lose their feces. That is why it is more likely to happen that they may develop diaper rash because of their long-term usage of it.
Having diaper rash is throbbing, itchy, and hard to cure. It gives an uncomfortable feeling to the adult patients once they are infected. So, if you already observed that he or she are having a diaper rash, treat it as soon as possible for it may result to a serious skin problem if not medicated immediately.
Therefore, when taking care of someone or an adult wearing diaper always make sure that the physical environment that surround him/her is always clean and hygienic to avoid infections. In addition, hotness, wetness, and friction contribute to the spread of the rashes.
Here are several ways to cure adult diaper rash without any hassle and is economy. Just like babies, there are also many diaper rash treatment for adults.
- In the first occurrence of diaper rash, treat it instantly. The earlier you treat it, the better.
- Make use of the diapers that have high absorbent properties, which lessens wetness. Special manufacturers whose product is a kind of diapers with cream added to it usually make these kind of diapers.
- Try to use another kind of diaper like the disposable ones if it happened because of the use of cloth diapers. Since diapers for adults that are disposable intend to lessen the wetness that irritates the skin of the patient. In this way, it decreases the moisture that causes diaper rashes. Also, diapers made of cloth said to have detergent that irritates the skin even more. Always be cautious of the pants made of plastic necessary in using cloth diapers for it risen the hotness inside the diaper, will make the bacteria growth rapid and the breakdown of skin.
- The diaper you are using should have an absorbency adequate to draw the wetness away from the skin of the wearer.
- Buy the right size of the diaper to make sure that it fits well. Well-fitted diaper avoids situations like the soreness against the skin of the user that is the reason of friction that makes the rashes soars.
- Clean the skin in contact with the diaper by means of a clean water with the aid of a soft cloth. Dry the skin very well and do not put the changed diaper instantly. For some minutes, expose the skin from some air for it will decrease the wetness and will help healing the affected area. A simple blow dryer settled in a low power can help to make the drying more convenient and easier. Just use it properly.
- If the diaper area is dirty, make use of a healing cleanser that is mild only. Usually these cleansers are no rinse that is okay to leave in the skin. If you are using a cleanser that needs rinsing, make sure you thoroughly rinse it.
- Soaps with high PH is not good to use in contact with the diaper rashes for it has magnesium and calcium salts that will make the skin more irritated. Instead, use synthetic detergents that irritate less.
- As much as possible, always keep the patients’ skin dry and clean and do practice regular changing to make it happen. In this way, wetness will reduce.
- Before you put the diaper into the patient, you can apply a zinc oxide liberally, ointments like A and D or repairing skin cream or other barrier cream that is of high quality to the infected area. This helps to the fast healing of the rashes and at the same time, a barrier from wetness.
- For relief due to the itchiness of the rashes, take a warm water bath some times per day. It can sooth the affected area temporarily and will aid the process of healing by adding some tablespoons of baking soda.
- A bath with vinegar is also effective because it will help your acid level be back in balance. Simply soak yourself to bath in a warm water with a cup of vinegar.
- Do not use hydrocortisone containing ointments or neomycin (an antibiotic). It is not effective to cure normal diaper rashes.
- As a powder, avoid using cornstarch for it feds yeast, making the rashes spread and develop even more. Medicine like nonprescriptive yeast is appropriate to treat adult diaper rashes.
- Avoid applying baby powder if diaper rashes are still present because it helps to the development of the bacteria and may cause another infection. Instead, use powders that are talcum based that are good in treating minor diaper rashes.
- Use wipes, soaps, and detergents that you are not allergic with in cleaning the diaper area. This may avoid you from having diaper rashes.
- Drinking more water and other fluids (like cranberry juice) helps for the fast treatment of adults who have diaper rashes for It makes their skin less exasperating and will make their urine less concentrated.
- Avoid using Mycolog II, an example of medication, because the steroids in this are very potent to apply in the affected area.
- Use the skin care products that you prefer in preventing the rashes from growing and that will surely treat your affected skin. Be conscious of how you are feeling. Once you noticed that you are already wet and you feel like a bit hot it is because of the acid from your urine that is starting to eat your skin that causes the rashes.
To cure or treat a normal adult diaper rash for at least 3 days, practice good and proper hygiene. If it is not effective and still the diaper rashes are still increasing, consult a proper doctor immediately to confirm that it is not that a severe condition more than just simple rashes only.