Incontinence-associated dermatitis: step-by-step prevention and treatment

Br J Community Nurs. 2011 Aug;16(8):382-9. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2011.16.8.382.


Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) is one of the clinical manifestations of moisture-associated skin damage. It is a common problem in community dwelling patients with faecal and/or urinary incontinence, and IAD management is an important challenge for community nurses. The aim of this practice focused article is to provide a brief update about the evidence of: (1) the pathophysiology of IAD, (2) the differentiation between IAD and pressure ulcers, and (3) the prevention/treatment of IAD. Recommendations for patient care in the community is described with reference to a patient case study.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Community Health Nursing*
  • Dermatitis / etiology
  • Dermatitis / nursing*
  • Dermatitis / prevention & control
  • Dermatitis / therapy
  • Fecal Incontinence / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Perineum*
  • Urinary Incontinence / complications*