What are the key areas to focus on when helping a patient maintain healthy skin?

What are the key areas to focus on when helping a patient maintain healthy skin?

It’s always better to prevent a problem than to treat one, which is especially true with skincare.

• The first step is choosing the right pads and absorbent underwear to quickly and thoroughly absorb moisture and keep it away from the skin, especially over night.

• Be sure pads or underwear fit properly. Too loose and liquid can leak out before it’s fully absorbed. Too snug, can cause irritation, creating an environment for infection.

• Avoid ordinary bar soaps and antibacterial soaps for cleansing skin in sensitive areas. These soaps can dry the skin and raise its pH, exacerbating an existing skin condition.

To help patients choose the right incontinence products, just have them call our Incontinence Counselors at: 1-800-2MY-HOME® (1-800-269-4663).

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