Caregiving 101 - Treating Adult Diaper Rash by anamaulida

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									Although the skin of an adult may not be as delicate as a baby's, it is
still susceptible to rashes, and for a lot of cases, diaper rashes. These
can be caused possibly by the feces, urine or even chemicals introduced
to the skin for prolonged periods.Here are ways that can help cope with
problems with rashes.The first thing that you need to do before you
administer or try anything is to assess the area. There can be rashes
which are just small patches while there can be those which are more
serious cases and they almost look like lesions.The severity of the
condition will prompt your next steps. For minor cases, you can proceed
with home remedies that you have tried before. However, for serious ones,
it is advised that you seek help from a health care provider.Topical
Ointments. There are ointments that can be bought over the counter. But
if you consulted a doctor, use your prescription to buy the recommended
medication. You can expect the doctor to prescribe creams that have zinc
oxide included in the formulation. Creams like these can provide a
protective layer for the rashes. There are also those that have
antibacterial properties which will not only protect the rashes but also
help treat them.Clean the rashes. The importance of changing diapers or
keeping the area clean as much as possible should not be forgotten. Even
those areas that are not affected with the rashes should be kept
clean.Diapers should be changed regularly or whenever there is a need to
do so. Prolonging the contact of wastes or ammonia in the urine with the
skin will further aggravate its condition. Use mild soap or a recommended
cleanser. Also, do this task with great care as the rashes can be painful
when irritated.Keep the area dry. After cleaning, you need to wipe excess
moisture present in the area. Changing wet diapers as soon as possible is
another potent solution.Also, wait for a few minutes before reapplying
the new diaper to allow for the skin to have time to dry.Do not apply
powder. Applying powder to the skin has been practiced by many. However,
doing this will only create more harm than good. Powder may contribute to
keeping the area dry, but it can clog the pores of the skin.Another thing
is that after some time, the powder can collect moisture and this will be
more detrimental for the skin's condition. Aside from powder, also avoid
using petroleum jelly or cornstarch on the skin as the effects will be
the same.Sitz bath. This is a medically accepted procedure to help soothe
the diaper rashes. A warm sitz bath can be done as suggested by your
physician. It is usually done a couple of times in a day and for a
duration of about 15-20 minutes. Since the bath wets the skin, make sure
that you again pat it dry afterwards.To completely avoid re-occurrence of
diaper rashes, even during the treatment stage, you already need to
protect against the appearance of new ones. Keeping the area clean and
dry will surely help.

								
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