Incontinence Dermatitis (urine rash) can sometimes arise as an added complication in those already suffering from incontinence.
Prolonged contact between delicate skin and urine can result in the development of this irritating skin rash. The word dermatitis simply means inflammation of the skin and doctors use the word to refer to any skin rash caused by contact with an irritant substance.
In the case of incontinence dermatitis the irritant substance is the urine itself. As in all forms of dermatitis, areas of the skin which have been in contact with the irritant substance may be:
Other skin rashes, or ‘sweat rashes’ as they are sometimes known, appear as dry, itchy and red areas within the skin creases, and can be found under the breasts, the backs of the knees and the groin area. As with incontinence dermatitis, these rashes can become sore and uncomfortable unless treated.
When you suspect urine dermatitis (or a developing pressure sore), act promptly by calling a health professional who can confirm the problem and advise on treatment.
It is important to continue to care for surrounding or other vulnerable skin by maintaining hygiene.
Sudocrem can be applied routinely to at-risk patients in order to help with such skin problems.
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