Adult Nappy Rash

Adult Nappy Rash

Can adults get a nappy rash?
Yes, anybody with a continence issue could get a nappy rash. Poor hygiene or reactions to products may also lead to this kind of rash. Skin infections may also occur. Some skin redness can occur as a result of certain medications, especially laxatives. There are other causes of skin rashes in this area. Strong urine can make the rash worse. Check the skin frequently, and take action if changes occur. The rash usually starts as a pink, then red patch on the skin, then it can become inflamed with blisters. If a product rubs or is left in place when it has absorbed its full capacity, it can lead to problems too.
It is best to try to reduce the risk of nappy rash. Ensure any continence product is a good fit. Cleaning with personal wipes, which are fragrance free, is a good option. When cleaning the bottom, make sure all traces of solid matter are removed, if left, they really increase the chance of rashes. Avoid highly perfumed soaps or wash products; they can irritate vulnerable skin, and then gently pat the area dry, ensuring that it is properly dry before applying the next pad.

Can adults use nappy cream?
Yes, they are a good choice, but should be used sparingly, a tiny amount will usually be enough. Your local pharmacy or supermarket will probably have a good selection in the baby care section. You should see an improvement within 2-3 days. Do not use talcum powder in the pad area-it tends to clog and reduce the effectiveness of your pad

If the skin starts to develop blisters or breaks, becomes painful, or you get a raised temperature, or you are concerned, do contact your local surgery or community nursing service who will be able to give personalised advice.