A diaper rash can affect anyone who are using diapers including infants, toddlers and adults. The signs among adults are the same as in toddler
In most cases, the rash is brought about by infrequent changing of diapers which leads to irritation from the chemicals present in stool and urine. In some cases, it is triggered by an allergic reaction or fungal or yeast infection.
If an adult develops a diaper rash, it can cause discomfort but typically managed with over-the-counter topical or prescription drugs.
What are the indications?
The indications of an adult diaper rash generally include:
- Skin lesions
- Pinkish, dry skin
- Itchiness and burning sensation
- Reddened, raw, irritated, inflamed or skin that appears burned in serious cases
The rash might manifest on the thighs, buttocks or genitals. In some cases, it can spread to the hip region.
If the rash is triggered by candida or yeast infection, the signs include bright, reddened skin that is slightly elevated with small-sized, reddened lumps.
Management of diaper rash
In most instances, a mild case of adult diaper rash can be managed at home. An effective treatment is an over-the-counter zinc oxide cream.
- Dab on the cream or ointment liberally on the affected area at 2-4 times throughout the day.
- If the rash is painful, there is no need to wash it right away, but you can pat off any excess product. Remove any leftover residue while bathing.
- If needed, cover the ointment or cream with petroleum jelly so that it will not stick and apply a dry diaper.
Make sure that the affected area is exposed to air for a few minutes a day without a diaper. The flow of air will allow the rash to heal. In addition, improved airflow can be provided by using a bigger sized diaper until the rash heals.