Why is my loved one getting a skin rash?
Caring for a loved one with incontinence is a big responsibility. From time to time, your loved one may experience unexpected issues, like skin rashes. But not to worry, skin rashes are a common issue after incontinence episodes. They can be resolved with proper product application and diligent hygiene management.
Skin rashes can occur when protective hygiene isn't applied properly. If the skin is "scalded" at the mid-thigh area, the product may be too loosely secured. Make sure that you position the product close to their body for a snug fit. If the skin is blistered at the upper thigh area, make sure the elastics are positioned correctly. Leg openings should rest on the natural creases of the groin.
If you're applying the product correctly, other factors are likely causing the skin rash. First, make sure you're changing the product frequently enough. When your loved one wears a product for too long, moisture and bacteria can build up and irritate the skin. You'll want to change the product whenever your loved one feels wetness or whenever they experience bowel leakage. Each time you change a product, be sure to thoroughly cleanse the areas that came into contact with leakage or the product, particularly the genital and anal regions. This is called pericare and is essential to maintaining healthy skin. Disposable pericare adult washcloths can be used for quick, efficient clean-up between changes. If your loved one is sedentary, make sure you reposition them frequently to promote skin health.
If these tips sound just like what you're already doing, it's time to talk to your loved one's doctor or healthcare provider about other causes of skin rash. You can also try switching to Prevail. Because Customers who switched to Prevail® protective hygiene products experienced rashes and skin irritation significantly less often with Prevail – after switching there was a 57% reduction in rashes and skin irritations.* You may also reach out to a 24/7 eNurse for around-the-clock personal assistance at 866-573-3776.
*according to a study conducted in Q4 2017 among caregivers and patients using absorbent adult incontinence products in the home
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