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Incontinence - Living With An Incontinence Sufferer
Urinary incontinence is an involuntary leaking of urine, is a common and distressing problem for at least 30% of people over the age of 60. It is more common in women than in men and can range from the occasional urine leak to complete loss of bladder control. If it is not under control it can be humiliating for those who are affected and a burden on those that care for them. However there are some great solutions from medical advisors and effective products on the mobility market that can dramatically improve an incontinence sufferer’s quality of life.

If you are a carer or someone with incontinence, and unsure about how to tackle this unspoken problem then the first thing you must do is to see a doctor. However mild or severe the incontinence is, there might be an underlying medical cause. There are several medical conditions which trigger incontinence, so it’s important that they find the root of the problem so that treatment is administered correctly. Also a doctor can give expect advice on treating incontinence with bladder training, pelvic muscle exercises, medication and in some extreme cases surgery. This could lead to a cure, which is motivation enough to go and seek medical advice.

Below is a detailed description of the four main types of incontinence and examples of solutions that could make living with incontinence less challenging:

Stress incontinence is one of the most general types of incontinence especially in women though despite its name it has nothing to do with emotional stress. It occurs when the patient coughs, laughs, bends, or performs any activity that applies pressure to the abdomen. Common causes are weak muscles around the urethra and bladder opening as a result of childbirth, surgery, or lack of estrogen after menopause. Preparation is key for stress incontinence, use incontinence pads or incontinence briefs that are secure, discreet and a great tool of protection against the unexpected.

Urge incontinence is the sudden urge to go to the bathroom but not having enough time to reach the toilet. The main medic al conditions behind urge incontinence are stokes, Parkinson’s disease, bladder infections, and disorders that affect the spinal cord. By installing a commode in a bedroom of an urge incontinence suffer it may give them a more accessible toilet to use, saving them valuable time. This bladder over activity can also cause frequent urination and awakening at night to urinate (nocturia). To prevent soreness and infection that can occur with bed wetting a Washable bed pad is the ideal aid as it absorbs up to 2 litres ensuring the sleeper is comfortable.

Overflow incontinence occurs when urine leaks from a full bladder that cannot empty properly. This condition can be due to damage to the nerves that control the bladder and can occur, in diabetes mellitus or injuries to the spinal cord, making the bladder weak and unable to empty. Protect a favourite chair from over flow incontinence with a One Way Washable Continence Seat Pad. These invaluable pads can absorb up to 1 litre and come in a variety of colours. Also provide a urinal to make reaching the toilet easier for the sufferer.

Functional incontinence occurs when the bladder and the urethra are functioning normally, but the person either cannot physically get to the toilet, or has impaired mental function which prevents them from recognizing the need to urinate and getting to the toilet on time. This condition is common in patients with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. In this case installing water proof bedding and using incontinence pads would be advised.

All these solutions suggested can be used for all types of incontinence. At Collins Care we would also suggest that you schedule bathroom trips, encourage bladder training and Kegel exercises, and change dietary and fluid intake. By seeking guidance and purchasing the correct products you could make living with incontinence far easier and eliminate the distress caused.

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