If you are a caregiver to an individual with ulcer prone skin, it is important to know how to care for that skin properly, giving it the best chance for healing, and how to prevent further skin breakdown and irritation from occurring.
1. Get the right incontinence products.
Thinning and reddening skin subject to ulcers is common in incontinent individuals. The area may be painful, firm, soft, warmer or cooler as compared to adjacent tissue. Ulcers and skin breakdown occur when the skin has prolonged exposure to urine and feces. This leads to an increase in skin pH, bacteria and wetness can cause the skin to weaken, and friction from washing the skin, and movement when skin is wet can lead to further skin breakdown. The right incontinence products can help.
Find a product that fits properly will reduce friction. Finding products with absorbent cores that can help wick moisture away from the skin between changes can help. The key is finding the right products for the absorbency need, and get the right fit.
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2. Change absorbent products regularly and often.
While choosing the right absorbent products is important, it is also important to change them as soon as soiling occurs. The less the skin is exposed to urine and stool, the healthier it will be. This is especially important for individuals with ulcer prone skin. Reducing wetness, cleaning off bacteria, and protecting the skin are all needed for healthy skin. This is best achieved by regular changes.
3. Prevent and treat by cleaning and moisturizing the skin.
Caregivers can help to prevent ulcers even in ulcer prone skin by cleaning and moisturizing the skin regularly. Make a habit of practicing good skin care with each change of absorbent products. With each change, be sure to clean the skin. Try Lantiseptic No-Rinse Cleansing Foam. Then move on to moisturizing the skin with Lantiseptic Dry Skin Therapy. This will help to clear reddened skin and help maintain moisture balance.
Learn more about great products to use in a healthy skin care regimen for incontinent individuals.
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