Incontinence can be uncomfortable and embarrassing - and if you’re suffering from incontinence associated dermatitis (IAD), then you’ll know just how unpleasant it can be – and how it can take some of the joy from your life as your day to day activities can become uncomfortable.
By following a few simple steps, you can stop IAD controlling your life. You can protect your skin – and help to soothe and heal it, too. Which means you can start to get back to enjoying life on your terms.
Use 3M™ Cavilon™ Barrier Cream to protect your skin. It creates an invisible, breathable, protective layer between your skin and the urine and faeces that cause IAD. What’s more, because Cavilon Barrier Cream also moisturises the skin, it can help to soothe your rash, providing relief, helping skin to heal, and helping you get back to your best.
Talk to your district nurse or doctor. You might feel embarrassed, but millions of people in the UK suffer from incontinence every year. Incontinence and IAD are conditions that medical professionals deal with every day. So don’t wait, make your appointment today.
Keep your skin clean, whenever you can, using extra-gentle cleansers specially formulated for fragile skin. Used in conjunction with Cavilon Barrier Cream, you’ll vastly reduce your likelihood of developing IAD.
Wear loose-fitting clothes, wherever possible. Give your skin the chance to breathe and you’ll reduce your risk of IAD. You’ll also stop any tight clothing rubbing on patches of sore skin and making them worse.
Try to stay active. Don’t let IAD take away your mobility. As an incontinence sufferer, you’re more at risk of painful pressure ulcers if you’re less mobile, since wet skin’s more vulnerable to rubbing and friction. Make Cavilon Barrier Cream a part of your routine, and stay as active as you can - head outside or spend time with friends and family. You’ll feel better inside, too.
Cleanse your skin daily and always straight after every episode of faecal incontinence. Use a gentle technique and avoid traditional soaps, but use pH-balanced cleansers.
Don’t let IAD stop you doing the things that you love. Small changes to your routine can make a huge difference to your quality of life - and know that healthcare professionals and Cavilon Barrier Cream are here to help.