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Prevention is key with any medical condition or issue. Incontinence associated dermatitis (IAD) is no exception. By preventing IAD we decrease the risk of fungal and bacterial infections.
Nutrition and hydration are key to maintaining health in general; it is a key factor in tissue integrity of the body. Staying well hydrated is essential for the derma layer of skin to maintain moisture, but moisture is the enemy of the outer layer of the epidermis.
When preventing and treating IAD we need to identify the reason for incontinence. If possible treat the cause of incontinence and this improves quality of life. Keep a regular check on skin and its tone in the perineal area. During incontinent product changes check skin for any reddened areas or inflamed areas. It is essential to perform proper peri care on any incontinent individual. When performing peri care be sure to follow the How To of Peri Care listed on the prevail.com page. While cleansing area be sure not to scrub as friction from scrubbing can cause further skin damage.
It is suggested to use a product with ph level close to the skin. Prevail adult wash cloths are pre moistened wipes and are ideal for peri care. Soap does not have the same ph and can cause further breakdown. Apply any needed creams, like zinc oxide as needed. Be sure to read the directions on the manufacture label as application is different for each manufacture.
Take care of yourself inside and you will see the benefits on the outside.
- Tissue Tolerance including your age, health, hydration and nutritional status, oxygenation, perfusion and body temperature
- Perineal Environment including urine/fecal incontinence and volume of output, Chafing and irritants (creams, ointments etc that are unnecessary)
- Toileting Ability including mobility, sensory perception and cognitive awareness (ability to know when to go and how to get there)
- Inflammation of surface of skin
- Redness, edema (swelling) areas may appear patchy or consolidated (located in the labia majoria (vaginal area) on women or scrotum of men)
- Erosion and dehydration of superficial layers of skin
Myth or Fact? The Truth about Incontinence: “Incontinence is a natural part of aging and is inevitable.”
Many people believe that urinary incontinence is a normal part of aging. Though it is somewhat common, it is not considered normal by medical experts. Incontinence is very manageable.
People (often Seniors) with urinary incontinence don’t always seek advice from professionals. They try to deal with the problem themselves but are not always successful. They may limit trips outside their homes and needlessly isolate themselves from friends and family. Falls and fractures are not uncommon as they race to a bathroom so as not to embarrass themselves by being wet. Other conditions such as urinary tract infections and skin breakdown are a result of poor management of incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is not a normal part of aging. To help, start by bringing up the subject with your doctor or a nurse. Once health care professionals are informed of a potential issue, they can pursue the matter in a tactful and helpful way. Many primary care practitioners already inquire about incontinence during patient visits. Tell them the truth about what you are experiencing. They have many ways they can help.
This web site has a number of helpful hints to manage urinary incontinence at home. Read this post from January 13th, 2010 for helpful hints about talking to your healthcare professional. You might also read the Jan. 5th posting about foods and beverages that can influence urinary incontinence. Kimberly Crew’s “Incontinence Product Overview” can guide you as to how to find the proper products to manage any difficulties.
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