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Incontinence: 20 Help Tips to get Remedy.

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Urinary incontinence is a symptom not a disease. However, the consequences of involuntary loss of urine can be embarrassing and debilitating to a person’s self-esteem, social life and job.

People go to any extent to adjust their lives to it. A woman was known, who didn’t go out of her house for three years because she was so ashamed. People should not be stigmatized by incontinence. In most cases incontinence is a matter of degree. And reject the notion that it is a normal part of aging. It is not inevitable and it is not irreversible sometimes only minimal effort can reduce, even prevent the problem. You can adjust your incontinence to your life, not the other way around. Here are help tips you can help yourself;

  1. Keep a bladder diary; keep a run-down of what do I eat? What did I drink? When did I go to the bathroom and how often did I leak? The diary will help you and your medic track down the cause.
  • Go easy on fluids; if you drink a little less, the incontinence will ease up. A good time to ease up is the bed-time.
  • But not too easy; cutting too down on your fluid intake could come up with another issue of dehydration, worsening urinary problem and possibly causing serious illness.
  • Avoid alcohol; booze is a great stimulus for trotting to the bathroom.
  • Avoid caffeine; caffeine is another well-known diuretic. Like alcohol, it’s found not just in beverages but in medications. Your diary will help you notice whether the beverage you drink provoke incontinence.
  • Avoid grape fruit juice; grape fruit juice is also a famous diuretic, which is why it formed the basis for a once popular diet.
  • Substitute cranberry juice; cranberry juice is acidic and low in ash, and well known as beneficial to the bladder.
  • Stay loose; constipation can contribute to incontinence. So eat a high fiber diet, and be sure to drink adequate amount of fluids. One prescription says: daily intake of popcorn.
  • Don’t smoke; Nicotine irritates the bladder surface. And if you have stress incontinence, coughing can trigger leaking.
  1. Lose excess weight; studies show that people who lose weight even in a few pounds can lessen their incontinence.
  1. “Double-voiding”, “try double-voiding”; when you urinate, stay on the toilet until when you feel your bladder is empty, then, stand up and sit down again, lean forward slightly at the knees and try again.
  1. Go when it is necessary; it’s a real good idea to empty your bladder on a regular basis. Holding it too long may lead to bladder infection and an over stretched bladder. Also, if you too-full a bladder and a well sphincter muscle, you are likely to leak when all you really want to do is cough, sneeze or laugh. Best bet: empty your bladder before and after meals and at bed time.
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  1. Get in the habit; here you are encouraged to “pee” hourly, rather than at short intervals regularly. Nobody knows why, but it really helps, perhaps it helps to train the brain to cope with a persistent bladder dysfunction. Also, it retrains the bladder to function normally.
  1. Aim for 3 to 6 hours; an average interval between trips to the bathroom is 3 to 6 hours. Try to work up to this interval range over a period of weeks.
  1. Compensate for your age; try to sleep and spend your time closer to a bathroom than you did when you could still sprint; because you are older, its longer between the time your bladder says you have to go and the time you arrive at the bathroom.
  1. Be ready for emergencies; keep bed pan or commode within reach of your bed.
  2. Do special exercises; especially the Kegel exercises, developed in the late 1940s by Arnold Kegel, to help women with stress incontinence during and after pregnancy. Experts say they can reduce and maybe prevent some forms of incontinence in both sexes and at all ages. Here are HIPS’s guidelines:
  • Without tensing the muscles of your legs, buttocks or abdomen, imagine you are trying to hold back a bowel movement by tightening the ring of muscles (the sphincter) around the anus. This exercise identifies the back part of the pelvic muscles.
  • Next, when you’re urinating try to stop the flow, and then restart it. This identifies the pelvic muscles of women. Imagine you’re trying to grip a slipping tampon. You are now ready for the complete exercise. Working from back to front, tighten the muscles while counting to four slowly, then release them. Do this for 2minutes, at least three times a day-this means at least 100 repetitions.
  1. Anticipate accidents; if you know you are going to sneeze, cough, lift or bounce up and down-squeeze that sphincter ahead of time and ward off an accident.
  1. Don’t panic if you don’t have a warning; if you have urge incontinence, you have almost no warning of the need to go. Don’t panic. Instead, at first notice relax. Then tighten your sphincter. Then relax your abdominal muscles. When the urge sensation passes, walk slowly, without panic to the nearest bathroom.
  • Buy special supplies (adult pads); it’s understandable to be embarrassed to buy them. Find an understanding pharmacist/medics and ask to have your purchase ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

There are several brands of absorbent products in the form of underpants or pads and shields. The new products absorb 50 to 500 times their weight in water, neutralize odor and congeal fluid to prevent leakage. The kind you need depends on your individual anatomy and the kind and degree of incontinence you have.