Urinary incontinence is more common than most people realize. Millions of people suffer from it all over America. It can be caused by numerous kidney and bladder diseases and infections that make getting to the bathroom fast enough very difficult. Unfortunately, urinary incontinence can lead to skin ulcers and yeast infections because of the ammonia that urine contains. Uncomfortable sores and rashes can develop that pose further health problems for a person who is struggling with other health conditions that make them not heal easily, such as diabetes. To prevent this from happening, the skin must be cared for in the following ways:
The peritoneal area has very delicate skin, so wash immediately with mild soap and water after each moment of incontinence. If soap seems to be too harsh, then try disposable wipes that are made just for incontinence. They have more mild cleaners that won’t be as irritating to the skin.
Keep the Skin Dry
It is very important that anyone who suffers from urinary incontinence get a regular supply of quality disposable undergarments. Cheap items do not wick moisture away as well, so the urine ends up staying against the skin for hours at a time. If cost is an issue, then it is best to buy cloth padded undergarments that can be washed and reused.
Protect the Skin
If incontinence is a long-term issue, then it helps to invest in a skin protectant that will create a moisture barrier that urine won’t get through. Only use skin protectants that are meant for the peritoneal area though. Talk to your doctor about which one is right for you based on your individual health needs.
Treat Wounds Immediately
Any ulcers, rashes, or wounds on the skin should be cared for properly by regularly cleaning them with an antiseptic and applying an antibiotic cream. If possible, bandage any wounds too. The most common places for skin ulcers to develop is where the edge of the incontinence pads rubs against the thigh. So it isn’t always easy to apply a bandage there though. It helps to switch to a slightly larger incontinence product that is looser until the wound is healed.
Be sure to see your doctor as soon as possible if you develop any rashes or wounds that won’t go away. Doctors can prescribe stronger skin lotions and creams that can help heal them. They can also help you in caring for the peritoneal area to prevent worsening of the condition. If your skin wound begins to bleed or you develop a fever or sudden intense pain or swelling, go to the emergency room instead.