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Best way to handle diaper rash in adults?

Best way to handle diaper rash in adults?

Diaper rash: Same way as babies. Barrier cream or ointment to prevent irritation from the next wet or dirty diaper. Apply liberally after every change. Small amounts of cortisone if very red or irritated.

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Dr. Tara Passow
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Appears on the skin under a diaper. Diaper rash typically occurs in infants and children younger than 2 years, but the rash can also be seen in people who ...Read more


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Is there a preferred way to handle diaper rash in adults?

Is there a preferred way to handle diaper rash in adults?

Adult diaper rash: For adult “diaper” rash keep skin clean & dry. Change diaper as soon as it's soiled or wet. For healing go without diaper for periods of time so affected area can air out. Avoid tight diapers or airtight covers over diaper. Meds your Dr. Might recommend include antifungal cream (for fungus), a steroid cream (for significant inflammation) or an antibiotic (for bacterial infection.)

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What can an adult do about a diaper rash?

What can an adult do about a diaper rash?

Treat as needed: Treatment would be the same as for an infant.

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Please tell me can spilled formula cause a diaper rash?

Please tell me can spilled formula cause a diaper rash?

Likely not: If your child tolerates the formula well for feeding, then it is unlikely to cause a rash if spilled on the skin. However, it is possible to develop a contact dermatitis (or irritant rash) whenever something touches the skin - but very unlikely.

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What brand of disposable diapers can cause a baby to have diaper rash more often?

What brand of disposable diapers can cause a baby to have diaper rash more often?

Diapers: I have 2 kids and I found that they did better with pampers and huggies vs. The store brands, as far as diaper rash goes. It's better to spend a little extra money...Pampers and huggies are better for the baby's skin and they also hold more, so that you have to deal with fewer "blow outs." diaper wipes can also cause a diaper rash, so water and soft paper towels are a good alternative. Good luck!

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Is there a brand or size of disposable diapers can cause a baby to have diaper rash more often?

Is there a brand or size of disposable diapers can cause a baby to have diaper rash more often?

Yes: It is usually a function of the size of diaper. Too small of a diaper may invite more chemical irritation from the stool/urine due to contact with skin and retained heat/moisture.

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Is diaper rash cream safe to use for adults?

Is diaper rash cream safe to use for adults?

Diaper rash: Yes, otc creams such as desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) a&d oint, etc. Can be used. Barrier creams or ointment to prevent irritation from the next wet or dirty diaper. Apply liberally after every change. Small amounts of cortisone if very red or irritated also can be used occasionally.

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What can cause bad diaper rash! Please help!?

What can cause bad diaper rash! Please help!?

Diaper rashes, types: Children are prone to rashes in the diaper region as a result of illness, recent antibiotic use, frequent diarrhea or chronic moisture under the diaper or underwear. There are different types of rashes, such as irritant rash, fungal infection or bacterial infection. Creams like Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) or A&D ointment should help. See your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen.

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What should an older adult do about a diaper rash?

What should an older adult do about a diaper rash?

Irritation vs yeast: The two most likely causes are irritation or yeast infection. A soothing cream or ointment will usually help with irritation. An anti-fungal cream (clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine, and others) can help with yeast. There are powders that can help also, like zeasorb af which contains an anti-fungal component.

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What tips do you have on curing adult diaper rash?

What tips do you have on curing adult diaper rash?

Adult diaper rash: Is the adult in diapers or is the rash in the underwear area so u are calling it diaper rash? If there is too much moisture in the area or if person is diabetic/not cleaning well after using the rest room, these are areas to be addressed first. Try air drying after washing with luke warm water&have cotton undergarments. If in diaper for a reason, change as soon as it is wet. Try naystatin ointment.

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Why does my daughter keep getting diaper rash if I put stuff to prevent one after every changing? Am I putting to much on her and causeing it myself?

Why does my daughter keep getting diaper rash if I put stuff to prevent one after every changing? Am I putting to much on her and causeing it myself?

Well, you could have: Contaminated the cream you're using, or it could be a yeast infection. Zinc oxide paste coats raw, weepy areas very well. Use disposable gloves when removing & applying the paste, to avoid getting staph from your hands onto skin or mucous membranes that are cracked or open. See her pediatrician. Always wipe front-to-back when cleaning urine & stool.

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How do I get rid of adult diaper rash?

Stay dry: Keep the area as dry as possible. If there is itching & redness, some over the counter medications may help (antifungals). Be careful using otc steroid creams. If diabetic, see your pcp. Wear cotton underwear or none at all when possible but if wearing diapers, change ofen, wash often, dry often, use absorbent material like corn starch and use barrier creams (some have zinc). If? 's, see pcp!

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Can I use cortisone cream for adult diaper rash?

Can I use cortisone cream for adult diaper rash?

Yes: And of that does not offer improvement in a day or two be seen to be sure it is a simple dermatitis....

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Didn't start my 6mo on cereal --veggies and fruits. Still taking 24-30 oz of formula. Do I need to give her cereal for iron? Rice caused diaper rash.

Didn't start my 6mo on cereal --veggies and fruits. Still taking 24-30 oz of formula. Do I need to give her cereal for iron? Rice caused diaper rash.

Yes: I would try to add other types of cereals such as oatmeal, barley, or high protein. now that your baby is 6 mos you can slowly start pureed tables foods as well. Spinach, broccoli, and beans can also provide some iron the cereals are an important source of additional protein

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I just changed my 4 month old's diaper and noticed blood in her stool along with a diaper rash which she very rarely gets. Concerned. Possible cause?

I just changed my 4 month old's diaper and noticed blood in her stool along with a diaper rash which she very rarely gets. Concerned. Possible cause?

Diaper rash: If the diaper rash is severe enough, it can cause bleeding. Try a diaper rash cream with a lot of zinc oxide and see. If still blood, see your pediatrician

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Will desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) (for baby's diaper rash) work on an adult rash?

Will desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) (for baby's diaper rash) work on an adult rash?

Open to air: The best remedy for diaper rash is to clean the area thoroughly and often. After cleaning air dry or fan with your hand or use a blow dryer on cool. Leave the diaper off when you can. Creams are basically a barrier and when using take care to dry the area off well before applying. Also some diaper rashes will require medicated cream. You may want to call your pediatrician.

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