Canterbury DHB


Perianal Care

The perianal area should be examined daily if the patient is reporting any symptoms, e.g. discomfort or pain. Use baby wipes instead of toilet paper and apply zinc cream to excoriated areas. Prevent constipation and possible tearing/scratching of the anal area with aperients as needed. Treat non-infective diarrhoea with loperamide to reduce further excoriation. Patients with a significant history of perianal infections who are receiving intensive treatment will have prophylaxis as described below.

About this Canterbury DHB document (4992):

Document Owner:

Ruth Spearing and Sarah Metcalfe (see Who's Who)

Issue Date:

November 2016

Next Review:

November 2018


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Topic Code: 4992