CHAFES & BEDSORES
Chafing happens when a substance or material rubs against the skin or when folds of the skin stick to each other for a prolonged period, causing unpleasant irritation. Elevated temperature, moisture such as urine or sweat, and blocked air supply make chafing happen faster.
Bedsores are ulcers or open wounds (typically preceded by redness) which are caused by prolonged pressure resulting in the loss of blood flow to an area of the skin. Bedsores (also known as decubitus ulcers or pressure sores) can affect all layers of the skin from the epidermis to the hypodermis, even down to the bone in advanced stages.
What to keep in mind
- Proper skin care and following the basic rules of hygiene are absolutely crucial when looking after an ill or disabled person.
- Using absorbent products that are vapor permeable allows the skin to breathe and diminishes the risk of skin irritation.
- It is important to wear breathable underwear and choose clothing made of natural materials. This will ensure air circulation and reduce the risk of skin irritation
- Do not ignore any signs of irritation – they can soon turn into more painful, serious conditions that can be difficult to cure.
For people who use absorbent products to manage incontinence, preventive treatment against bedsores is crucial. This is especially important if the person is bedridden.