How to prevent incontinence-related skin damage 

Incontinence can be a major cause of skin problems as urine alters your skin’s normal flora and pH, weakening it and making it more vulnerable to friction, erosion and damage.

As a leading provider of healthcare and hygiene products, Hartmann suggests the following ways you can keep your skin healthy:

What to look out for 

The most common forms of skin damage caused by incontinence include dermatitis, bacterial infections, yeast and other fungal infections, as well as general skin soreness. Symptoms of incontinence-related skin damage can vary, but typically include redness, irritation, inflammation, dryness and itchiness

Incontinence-related skin problems can be distressing, uncomfortable and even socially isolating. If you do live with incontinence, it’s important to look after your skin, as prevention is the best cure.

How to avoid skin damage

To keep skin healthy, it’s important to keep it clean and dry. Wash your skin with water and a soap-free cleanser or pH-balanced wash, then pat dry. Regular soaps can be very drying and make your skin less resistant to contact with urine. Although moisturising with a pH-balanced moisturiser is recommended to replace lost skin oils, avoid those that contain alcohol, as these can be drying and may cause rashes.

Moistened cleansing wipes can be used when you're out and about to make cleaning your skin simple and convenient. It's also worth checking the availability of skin-cleansing products designed specifically for people who have urinary incontinence from your local retailer.

Barrier creams can help protect skin that comes into regular contact with urine, however you do need to use these creams sparingly, as they can create a moist environment more conducive to infection, and can also interfere with the absorbency of incontinence pads. To avoid interfering with pad absorbency, use a zinc and petroleum free skin care product.

Don’t forget to change your incontinence pads regularly and look for skin friendly continence pads that maintain the pH of your skin.

 How to treat skin damaged by incontinence

If your skin has become damaged as a result of incontinence, it’s important to identify the problem and treat it in the correct way. See your healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis of your skin problem and to obtain advice on the best treatment option.

Incontinence-related skin problems can be very uncomfortable and exacerbate the challenge of living with incontinence. Looking after your skin and responding quickly to any problems that arise can make it a little bit easier to manage life with incontinence.



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