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Adult protective underwear may be helpful for a person who has incontinence. A person who has incontinence has trouble controlling urine or stool. This underwear helps absorb urine and catch stool.
There are different types of adult protective underwear. A washable kind may be useful when a loved one has trouble with disposable underwear or finds it hard to let you help with the underwear.
When putting on adult underwear, make sure the tabs are in the back. For men, the penis should be positioned down and centered on the body. Make sure the underwear is the right size so that it fits well. This is important for people who are very thin or overweight. The elastic at the legs should fit well and not be too loose. A good fit can help to prevent leakage so that the skin doesn't get irritated.
The person may get a rash in the genital area, especially if that area doesn't get cleaned well. Rashes can occur when the skin stays wet, rubs against the underwear, or comes into contact with urine and stool. The skin may look red, raw, or burned. Some people also may be allergic to the perfumes in the underwear material.
Clean the groin area daily. And check for irritated skin and rashes so that you can treat them as soon as they happen. You can also take steps to prevent and treat a rash and protect the skin.
Current as ofApril 18, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineGayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse
Current as of:
April 18, 2018
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse
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