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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2014 June;16(2):57-66

language: Italian

Urinary incontinence: is breathability a key factor in choosing adult diapers?

Sisto T. 1, Bussoletti C. 1, Tolaini M. V. 2, Lancellotti P. 2, Celleno L. 1

1 Clinica Dermatologica Complesso Integrato Columbus, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Roma, Italia;
2 EVIC ITALIA, Roma, Italia


Urinary incontinence is a phenomenon of significant size, with a considerable impact on the social and psychological wellbeing of the people who are affected. Stress, urgency or mixed urinary incontinence of adults, treated in this study, predominantly affects women. Among disposable absorbent products, the diaper is the most widely adopted device to manage this annoying problem. Several variables, depending on the features of the patient, the type of incontinence and the characteristics of the product, must take into account to choose the type of absorbent product. Over the last years, in addition to absorbing power, the breathability of diapers has been very important. In our studies (a test for clinical use, and an experimental test in laboratory) we tested and compared the breathability of three different commercial adsorbent products, and their impact on the skin condition. Our preliminary results showed that the greater breathable power does not correlate directly with increased skin wellbeing.

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