Posted on January 07 2018
Can Adults Get Diaper Rash?
Yes. Adult diaper rash symptoms typically present as irritated looking skin and can be very uncomfortable. Irritation is caused by a combination of factors, including dampness, chaffing of the skin, and a warm and moist environment. It can also be caused by a fungal or bacterial infection, although that is rare. People with sensitive skin are more prone to skin irritation, so more care should be taken to avoid the problem.
What about Incontinence?
Although this article is not about incontinence or incontinence briefs, it should be mentioned that chemicals in urine and stool can contribute to diaper rash. In the majority of cases, home remedies and greater attention to hygiene can clear up rashes within 24 hours.
Adult Diaper Rash Treatment
Looking for treatment of Baby Diaper Rash ?
To treat rashes in adults, you should first allow the skin to dry out for a period of time. If that isn’t possible, do your best to avoid contact between the wet material and the irritated skin by changing it more frequently. Moisture and bacteria need to be kept away from the skin to prevent rashes. It’s also very important to have the correct size, because material that is too tight or loose could irritate the skin further. Additionally, some materials may have perfumes or chemicals in them that can cause skin irritation, so it might be beneficial to switch brands if that problem arises.
To speed along the healing process, it helps to apply a skin cream or diaper rash ointment to the affected area(s). Other diaper rash treatment includes maintaining proper hygiene by cleaning the covered area with warm water and allowing the skin to dry properly before replacing. Most rashes will clear up in about 24 hours with the proper treatment, but if the skin irritation doesn’t get better in three days, a visit to your doctor is recommended.
Adult Diaper Rash Treatment Steps
- Gently wash the irritated skin with warm water and allow the skin to dry completely
- Air out the covered area (fresh air can only help!) for a few minutes
- Apply skin cream or ointment to the affected area — unless the skin is broken
- Cover the affected area
Diaper Rash Cream for Adults
When looking for a diaper rash cream for adults, you can use creams with Zinc Oxide. Zinc Oxide is a natural mineral known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is not petroleum based like mineral oil. The cream will act as a barrier between a diaper and the skin allowing it to heal more quickly.
Try our Diaper Cream
If you’re looking for a great diaper rash cream, Babo Botanicals has two pediatrician-approved creams for your convenience. Our first cream, Soothing Diaper Cream with Oatmilk and Calendula for sensitive skin, has a nourishing formula that helps seal out moisture and 25% non-nano zinc oxide to help prevent redness, inflammation and diaper rash.
Our second cream, is our new Fragrance Free Diaper Cream for sensitive skin, and is preservative free. Like our first cream, this diaper cream has 25% non-nano zinc oxide and is also enriched with Babo’s Organic Nutri-Soothe™ Complex. The cream also contains organic shea and cocoa butter to calm skin irritation.