Urinary Incontinence – Washes and Protective Creams That Keep Your Skin Away from Damage

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Urinary Incontinence – Washes and Protective Creams That Keep Your Skin Away from Damage

Urinary Incontinence – Washes and Protective Creams That Keep Your Skin Away from Damage

Good skin care and hygiene are essential for people with incontinence. Whether you’re the one facing incontinence or are taking care of someone with the condition, you must understand that both urine and feces can cause damage to the skin. This can result in rashes, irritation, redness, and soreness. As a result, you’ll feel uncomfortable, distressed and socially isolated. To keep this from happening, you must invest in protective creams and washes that help in keeping your skin soft and clean.

Some of the most common skin areas that become victim to rashes are the inner thighs, genitals, the area between the buttocks and the area around the anus. Because these areas are damp and warm, they serve as the perfect breeding ground for fungal infections, bacteria, and UTIs.

Washing with soap and water is not enough when you’re dealing with urine or fecal incontinence because extra precautions need to be taken.

According to a study published in Nursing Times, proper skin care including cleaning with PH balanced products is recommended for patients with incontinence.

However, while there’re hundreds of creams, washcloths, ointments and perineal cleansers available, it’s challenging to choose the best ones. This is why we’ve decided to list down some of the top products you can use to keep your skin from damage.

Wet Wipes/Washcloths

1. Comfort Shield Incontinence Barrier Cream Cloths

This 3-in-1 product is ideal for cleaning, treating, and protecting sensitive skin from breaking down due to incontinence moisture. Each wipe contains a 3% dimethicone barrier creams that help in sealing out the wetness. This product is also hypoallergenic and latex free and is trusted by nurses across the US, so you don’t need to worry about any reactions.

2. Prevail Quilted Cleansing Wipes

Prevail is a name that’s a common name in the industry of incontinence care products. One of their prized product is the Quilted Cleansing Wipes pack. The quilted design of the washcloth helps strengthen its absorbency, and the lotion improves skin health. Each wipe is 8 x 12 in. In size, which makes it ideal for adult incontinence care.

Barrier Creams

3. Vagisil Medicated Cream

Vagisil products are specially formulated for the care of female genitals. The Vagisil medicated cream contains 2% lidocaine and is an effective remedy for irritation, burning, itching, and other symptoms most commonly caused by thrush. The medicated cream can easily be applied to the area outside the vagina. When used with highly absorbent pads or liners, this cream can help you stay away from vaginal itches.

4. Gloves in a Bottle Shielding Lotion

Gloves in a Bottle Shielding Lotion stands true to its name. The products bond with the outermost layers of the skin to work as an invisible pair of gloves. These ‘gloves’ help in keeping dryness at bay by keeping irritants that rob moisture out but retains the natural moisture of the skin. Products like these are also ideal for those that like to move out and about because it lasts for up to four hours or more and comes off naturally as you gradually shed the outer layers of your skin.

Cleansers

5. Aloe Vesta Cleansing Foam

The Aloe Vesta Cleansing Foam by Convatec is a non-aerosol incontinence skin clean that helps soothe the skin with the help of aloe and retains moisture in the lower skin cells. This product is foam based, CHG compatible and is pH-balanced. It can be used for the entire body including the hair and premium. The no-rinse feature makes this product especially ideal because you’ll feel like you just stepped out of the shower after using it. The cleansing foam is available in four and eight-ounce pump bottles.

6. Bedside-Care-No-Rinse Foaming Body Wash, Shampoo, and Incontinent Cleanser Spray

An ideal product for those who are bed-bound, the bedside-care shampoo, body wash, and incontinent cleanser spray provides a good substitute for an actual shower. This product provides thorough yet gentle cleansing which refreshes the entire body and gets rid of all body odors. The Bedside-Care-No-Rinse spray is alcohol-free, deodorizing, and pH-balanced. This product is available in 4 and 8 oz. bottle or a gallon bottle.

Antifungal Creams

7. Remedy antifungal Cream

Remedy antifungal Cream combines the soothing benefits of Olivamine and aloe vera to treat some common fungal infections. The cream can be effectively used for patients with incontinence problems and helps relieve irritation, burning, and itching. This product also contains cetyl dimethicone, which binds to the skin and keeps active on the skin. Remedy antifungal Cream is non-sensitizing and non-allergenic because of its latex and alcohol-free features.

8. Micro-Guard antifungal Powder

If you’re on the lookout for powder and not an antifungal cream, the micro-guard antifungal powder can help. This incontinence care product contains 2% miconazole nitrate, which is used to treat skin and fungal infections like candidiasis, ringworm, and others. This product helps in reducing shearing and friction and soothes the skin. Make sure the skin is clean and dry before applying the product and do not apply more than the recommended amount.

Wrapping Up

Urine incontinence can be short-lived (during pregnancy) or long term because of a medical condition. But whatever the case, one of the best things that can help you prevent, manage, or treat skin related issues such as redness, itching, or irritating is to keep the area clean and dry. The incontinence care products we’ve talked about here help retain the natural moisture of the skin, all the while protecting the dermis from outside irritants.

All of these products are hypoallergenic and alcohol and latex free, which means they can be used for any skin type, without worrying about harmful side effects.

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