How to Take Care of Incontinence

HYGIENE CONSIDERATIONS

Appropriate hygiene is essential for people who suffer from incontinence.

Keep the area around the urethra clean at all times to avoid skin irritation:

• If you have a urinary accident, make sure you clean the affected areas as soon as you get the chance.
• When taking a shower, make sure you use warm water and scrub gently. Hot water and hard scrubbing can affect the skin.
• There are many products created to treat incontinence. Most of them do not have to be rinsed off, they are applied to the area and then cleaned gently with a cloth.
• After taking a shower apply a moisturizer and a barrier cream. Barrier creams include elements such as petroleum jelly, zinc oxide and cocoa butter that act as water repellents and protect the skin from urine.
• Yeast infections are treated with anti-fungal creams containing miconazole nitrate.

Reducing and preventing odor:

• There are deodorizing tablets you can take by mouth.
• Drinking more water not only decreases leakage, it helps to eliminate odor as well.
• Use a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water to remove odors from mattresses. Once the surface has dried, rub baking soda in it and then use a vacuum to clean the remaining powder.

DIETARY TIPS

Overweight weakens the pelvic floor muscles causing the patient to have stress incontinence. In order to take care of yourself and eliminate leaks, once must eat healthy. Diets rich in fiber will protect the patient from constipation, which is another factor of stress incontinence.

There is a myth that the less water you drink, the less accidents you are going to have. However, the real problem is limiting the intake of fluid which has the following effects:

• The outer part of the urethra and bladder gets irritated which as a consequence will produce more leakage.
• Concentrated urine has a stronger odor. Therefore, de-condensing it with water helps to alleviate its pungency.

People who suffer from incontinence must avoid drinking any kind of fluid two to four hours before going to bed in order to prevent accidents while sleeping.

Doctors recommend that patients with stress incontinence avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.

EXERCISING

Do not stop your exercise routine because of incontinence! Here are some methods to prevent leakage from happening during exercise:

• Limit your fluid intake before starting an exercise routine.
• Go to the bathroom and flush frequently, especially right before exercising.
• There are special pads and urethral inserts that women can use.
• Fannypants is the preferred choice for pads, incontinence panties and odor-control athletic wear.

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