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Skin problems such as redness, burning, irritation, fungal or bacteria infections, as well as the sloughing or breakdown of the skin membrane tend to go hand in hand with incontinence. Common problems include the maceration of skin whereby it becomes waterlogged and overly fragile, greatly increasing the chance of further damage due to friction with clothes, bed sheets, and other nearby surfaces as well as dermititis (also commonly known as diaper rash) which is the inflammation & breakdown of the skin due to over-exposure to moisture and chemicals in urine and feces.
Besides increasing the pH of the skin causing irritation, the ammonia present in urine is also used as a fuel source in the production of bacteria leading to further infection, especially if the micro-organisms are absorbed into the body through scrapes, cuts, or cracks in the nearby skin. In addition to bacteria, the damp warm skin is also a good breeding ground for fungal infections.
To combat the side effects of repeated exposure to ammonia and other waste products
which causes breakdown of the skin, its best to use products that have been specifically tailored for incontinence or to be used in the perineal skin area (genital area between the anus and female vulva or male scrotus).
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