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How We Treat Adult Diaper Rash

Adult diaper rash can turn into a nightmare.  If the diaper rash gets out of control and infection sets in, it can cause serious health problems.  About six weeks ago Gladys had a very bad bout with diarrhea.  It lasted about four days.  During those four days it was quite difficult to keep up with diaper changes.  As a result she developed diaper rash with a few open sores.

At first I was trying to treat the diaper rash with Maximum Strength Desitin.  I already had it on hand and it had worked when she had a mild case of normal diaper rash; but with the sores, this treatment just didn’t do the job.  I searched and searched the Internet, reading a ton of different articles and forums on treating adult diaper rash.  I told Gladys’ nurse (at the time) about the problem and she gave me a treatment that made absolutely no sense to me so I didn’t use it.  I can already hear some of you saying that the nurse should know what she’s talking about.  So since I was skeptical, I spoke with some other health care professionals who advised me not to use the treatment.

Finally, I asked our Publix pharmacist what she would suggest to treat adult diaper rash.  She suggested I use two parts Desitin (the one with high zinc oxide concentration) to one part Neosporin or its generic equivalent.  Guess what?  It worked!  The sores and rash were gone in no time.

To make sure we always have some on hand, I used a small Tupperware container (the size used for lunch snacks) and mixed the concoction.  That way, I don’t have to mix it when I really need it.  However, as a preventative measure, we use it regularly to keep diaper rash in check.

If you are a caregiver who occasionally experiences this problem with an incontinent adult, try it.  I hope it works for you too.


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