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Bladder Control Protection for Urinary Incontinence

Lifestyle Products for Urinary Incontinence

There is also a wide variety of absorbent items that can help make living with incontinence easier.

Among the most popular are waterproof pads that can be placed on almost any type of seating to offer extra protection from "accidents." Although most useful at home, many people feel more secure bringing them along on car, train, plane, or bus trips or when visiting close relatives or friends.

For at-home convenience, you can use absorbent fitted sheets or mattress pads to keep mattresses dry.

Skin Care Treatments

No matter how well your incontinence products work, when urine continually comes in contact with skin, irritation results. Incontinence exposes your skin to moisture, acids, enzymes, and various microorganisms, all of which can change the pH or acid mantle of your skin. That makes it more susceptible to irritation and even infection.

Most experts agree that changing pads or panties whenever you feel significantly wet can help. So can rinsing the genital area with warm water and drying it thoroughly each time you change pads.

Some people find skin care products featuring a moisture barrier helpful in reducing skin irritations. Any products used to treat diaper rash can work very well for protecting skin from incontinence.

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Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on April 16, 2014

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