Adult Incontinence Rash
What is Adult Incontinence Rash?
Incontinence is the involuntary or unintentional passing of urine or feces. It is a very common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. A simple human reflex such as a cough or sneeze can result in a release of urine. It is thought to be a female condition, but in fact, it’s a common condition for men as well. Urinary incontinence does not normally cause major health problems, but can be an embarrassment for those suffering from the condition.
Skin irritation around the buttocks and genitals is a common symptom of incontinence. Skin irritation can range from redness, peeling, and blisters to yeast infections due to the excess moisture in this area. Many people require the use of adult diapers or wetness guards/liners, which can sometimes aggravate the skin even more.
Causes of Incontinence
There are several causes of urinary incontinence, some are as follows:
- Weakening of muscles in the lower urinary tract
- Damage to the urinary tract or the nerves in this region that control urination
- Stretching of the pelvic floor muscles brought on by such things as childbirth or weight gain
- Irritation of the bladder
- Loss of bowel control
- Emotional stress
- Alcohol intake
Tips for Keeping Incontinence Affected Skin Healthy
- Keep the area clean and as dry as possible
- Keep clothing and bedding as clean as possible
- Use sulfate and fragrance-free cleansers and ensure all soap residue is rinsed away
- Avoid products with harsh chemicals or fragrances that can further irritate inflamed skin
- Use a barrier cream that contains zinc oxide to protect the skin against wetness and irritants. Re-apply the cream each time after cleaning and drying the skin for best results.
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