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How should you clean carefully after diarrhea?

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It’s important to wipe thoroughly after you have diarrhea, but too much cleaning can backfire. Even the softest toilet paper can be rough on your skin, and crumbled bits of it can get trapped inside skin folds. In the bath or shower, even “natural” or “gentle” soaps that don’t have perfumes can strip your skin of its natural oils, which makes the problem worse.

Instead, use lukewarm water to gently clean your bottom, instead of scrubbing or wiping. A spray bottle can help you reach the area. Then, you should let it air-dry, or gently pat yourself with a clean, dry cloth.

From: Soothe Sore Skin After Diarrhea WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Anal Discomfort and How to Deal with it.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper Rash -- Prevention.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Itchy Bottom? Why you Shouldn’t Blame Hemorrhoids.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Sitz Baths.”

UC Davis Cancer Center and UC Davis Children’s Hospital: “Sitz bath.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “When Diaper Rash Strikes.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Anal Discomfort and How to Deal with it.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper Rash -- Prevention.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Itchy Bottom? Why you Shouldn’t Blame Hemorrhoids.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Sitz Baths.”

UC Davis Cancer Center and UC Davis Children’s Hospital: “Sitz bath.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “When Diaper Rash Strikes.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

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