Urinary incontinence is the lack of ability to control the bladder and bowels. Incontinence is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of an underlying disease or disorder.
Urinary incontinence can be divided into three main types:
occurs when an overactive or hyperactive bladder causes a sudden and intense urge to urinate causing involuntary loss of urine
occurs when physical activities such as vigorous exercise, jumping, coughing, sneezing or even laughing put pressure on the bladder and releases urine
inability to completely empty the bladder, resulting in frequent or constant odor of urine
Incontinence can be caused by a number of factors such as age (the bladder muscles become weaker with increasing age), weakened pelvic floor muscles due to surgery or birth, enlarged prostate, menopause, an overactive bladder, nerve damage, urinary stones, urinary tract infections and constipation.
Plus, certain foods, drinks and medications can stimulate your bladder and cause temporary incontinence.
It’s just a matter of time, but it’s not the only way to get rid of the urine.
Problems with urine leakage can make you need to take extra care to avoid skin irritation:
Use a washcloth to clean yourself
Let your skin dry in the air.
Avoid frequent washing and douching, as these can overwhelm the natural defenses of your body against bladder infections
Consider the use of a barrier cream, such as petroleum jelly or cocoa butter, to protect your skin from the urine
If you have drang incontinence or night incontinence, make the toilet more comfortable:
Problems with urine leakage may require you to take extra care to prevent skin irritation:
Move any carpets or furniture that you can cross over or collide with on the way to the toilet
Use a night light to illuminate your path and reduce your risk
If you have functional incontinence, you could:
Keep a bedpan in your bedroom
Install an elevated toilet seat
Extend an existing bathroom door.
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