FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is perineal wash used for?
Perineal cleansers are antimicrobial foams and sprays that protect against incontinence-associated dermatitis, as well unpleasant chaffing, redness, and irritability that is usually caused by bacteria in urine and feces. The deodorizing formula of these incontinence products provides a refreshing cleanse while soothing and moisturizing irritated skin. They are often used with adult diapers and protective underwear and can be a convenient alternative to incontinence wipes and washcloths. Perineal cleansers usually do not require rinsing and most of them can be used on the entire body as an all-in-one shampoo, body wash, and incontinence cleanser. Alcohol-free and pH-balanced, Bedside-Care® No-Rinse Cleanser is one such versatile product. It is recommended for those who are bedridden but can just as well be used by active people in-between showers, after exercising, or when traveling.
How do I use perineal wash for incontinence cleansing?
Spray the perineal skin cleanser on the soiled and/or odorous areas and gently wipe clean. It is sometimes necessary to reapply it until all soils are removed and the skin is left completely clean. Like most special washes, Aloe Vesta perineal cleanser does not require rinsing and does not remain sticky. All you have to do is pat dry. You can also use the perineal cleansing spray on toilet paper, tissues, or washcloths instead of applying it directly on the skin, but it is a gentle formula that should not irritate. The PeriFresh® No-Rinse Perineal Cleanser can also be a great addition to regular wipes and it saves a lot of money in the long run.
What is a perineal cleansing bottle?
Perineal cleansers are usually packed in spray bottles of about 8 or 9 ounces of no-rinse liquid spray or foam. They are also available in larger quantities and a perineal cleansing bottle can have up to one gallon. These larger bottles are usually used for refills or for deodorizing soiled incontinence bed pads, linens, and clothes before laundry procedures. Bottled perineal cleansers can also be used around stoma sites and inside ostomy appliance bags prior to application, in order to maintain freshness and control odors.
The term 'perineal cleansing bottles', or peri bottles, may also refer to the plastic bottle with a lift-up dispenser cap, often used to irrigate the sensitive area postpartum or following surgical procedures.
What are the best perineal washes?
The best perineal wash has a mild, non-allergenic formula and it is either fragrance-free or has a fresh scent. It can be used just as well on any part of the body, including the hair, without any rinsing necessary. The ideal perineal wash should leave the skin feeling moisturized and nourished, with no sticky feeling or residue. It is a welcome plus if it can also inhibit bacterial growth and provide antiseptic protection, as THERA Antimicrobial Body Cleansing Spray does. When buying a perineal cleansing spray or foam, also take into account the usage frequency so that you can opt for the appropriate quantity.
Can I use perineal cleansers for sponge baths?
Perineal cleanser sprays that are more convenient than sponge baths as they require no rinsing and they often dry in as little as 10 seconds. When packaged in large 1-gallon bottles, they can often be diluted in a basin for a more traditional sponge bath for children and adults alike. Some perineal cleansers have instructions for diluting on the label and they are ideal for baths. Those that come prepared for instant application would not be very useful if diluted, but you can still use a damp washcloth or sponge with them.
Where can I buy perineal cleansers?
AllegroMedical.com carries the best selection of perineal cleansers from industry-leading brands. Some are also available in bulk at a discounted price and subscribing to them qualifies you for additional savings. You can also find complimentary incontinence products like moisture barrier creams and ointments, incontinence pads, fecal adult diapers, and other products for bowel incontinence.
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