Diaper rash can affect anyone wearing diapers or incontinence briefs, including adults, babies, and toddlers. Symptoms in adults are the same as seen in babies and toddlers and may include a pink-to-red colored rash or peeling or irritated looking skin.
Diaper rash is commonly caused by infrequent diaper changes, which can lead to irritation from chemicals found in urine and stool. It may also be caused by an allergic reaction, or a yeast or fungal infection.
Symptoms of adult diaper rash may include:
- pink, dry skin in mild rashes
- red, irritated, raw, inflamed, or burnt-looking skin in more serious cases
- skin lesions
The rash may appear on the buttocks, thighs, or genitals. It may also extend up to the hip area.
In the case of a candida diaper rash, or a rash that’s caused by a yeast infection, symptoms include bright red skin that’s slightly raised, and small red bumps going beyond the main part of the rash. It may extend into the skin folds.
The cause of this rash is the same as for babies and toddlers:
- Skin irritation. This can be a result of friction from wet skin rubbing against the diaper, or prolonged contact to the chemicals in urine or stool.
- Allergic reaction. Elderly adults wearing incontinence briefs may be allergic to the perfumes in the diaper material. Also from the harmful effects of Talc, *see our blog on “Say no to talc”
- Improper washing. Not washing the genital area carefully when bathing can lead to a rash around the area where the diaper is worn.
- Candida. Yeast infections are another common type of adult diaper rash. That’s because yeast grows in warm, dark, moist areas. Frequent diaper changes can reduce the risk of this type of infection.
- Fungal infection.
When to seek help
Most cases of diaper rash will clear up after a few days of home treatment. However, it’s important to remember that elderly adults are more likely to experience infections. This is due to a weakening immune system. Any serious symptoms should be reported to a doctor.
See your doctor if the following occurs:
- rash worsens and doesn’t improve after three days, even after home treatment
- oozing, bleeding, or puss comes from the affected area
- the rash is accompanied by fever
- burning or pain while urinating or during a bowel movement
The best way to prevent adult diaper rash is to clean and change dirty diapers as often as possible. This prevents moisture from turning into a rash.
1. Gently clean the area covered by the diaper with a washcloth, such as every time you change the diaper.
2. Once a day, wash the entire diaper area more thoroughly.
3. Allow the diaper area to air out and dry.
4. Put on a good coating of one of our formulas that go on like a cream and turn into a powder. We have many formulas for babies and adults. They are very effective in keeping the area dry.
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