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Christmas

21.12.2007 | Posted in: Allanda, News | Author: Colin

We’d like to thank all our valued customers for purchasing from Allanda and wish you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year.

We hope you have found our incontinence products beneficial and if you are one of the many customers who has taken the time to write to us or email us then we really appreciate your feedback which is invaluable to ensure we’re meeting your needs.

To recharge our batteries we will be taking a short break over Christmas and our office and warehouse will be shut on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. We will be open on Christmas Eve until 2pm and on the 27th and 28th December for normal office hours.

Of course our website will be taking orders throughout the entire Christmas period though we will not be able to despatch orders on the days we are closed.

We have now finished taking orders for delivery before Christmas Day and there will be a small impact onto the deliveries over the Christmas period due to bank holidays.

A full schedule of order dates and expected delivery dates dates is below

Order before 12pm > Expected Delivery Date
Monday 24th December > Friday 28th December
Thursday 27th December > Monday 31st December
Friday 28th December > Wednesday 2nd January
Monday 31st December > Thursday 3rd January
Wednesday 2nd January > Friday 4th January

Normal delivery schedules recommence on Wednesday 2nd January.

Faecal Incontinence – Selecting Incontinence Pads and Pants

20.12.2007 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence | Author: Colin

Whilst there are long term treatments available for faecal incontinence, for many people there is a need to use incontinence pads or incontinence pants for security and confidence should incidents occur.

Whilst with urinary incontinence there is a choice of washable or disposable incontinence products, the nature of faecal incontinence means that disposable products are the only option.

The options available consist of four types of larger disposable pads. Although some people do use standard shaped pads such as Tena Comfort, because these pads can sometimes move within the stretch mesh pants they aren’t really the best option. If they are used then it is recommended to use the highest “maxi” absorbency.

For those who are still fairly mobile then the most absorbent pull-up underwear such as Tena Pants Super are probably the best option. These enable the wearer to use them as they would normal underwear but with the added security of elasticated leg cuffs, elasticated waistband and standing gathers for extra protection against leakage.

These features can also be found on All-in-One pads such as Tena Slip Maxi. These are more absorbent but less convenient to put on and therefore recommended for less mobile users who will benefit from the extra absorbency and security.

Where there is a requirement for the high level of absorbency of an All-in-One pad but with a greater ease of use for a more mobile wearer then a Belted All-in-One such as Tena Flex Maxi gives high absorbency but with the ability for the pad to be easily removed for normal toilet use whenever possible.

Faecal Incontinence – Treatment

18.12.2007 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence | Author: Colin

As with urinary incontinence, treatments for faecal incontinence can be either surgical or non-surgical depending on what is causing the condition. Common treatments include:

Pelvic floor exercises – These can help to strengthen the relevant muscles around the rectum and anus to increase control over bowel movements.

Diet – If faecal incontinence is being caused by constipation, simple changes to the diet to increase fibre intake can help as this helps soften stools by absorbing water, and helps waste products to pass through the digestive system. Fibre-rich foods include wholemeal bread, brown rice, fruit and vegetables

Medication – this can help occasional mild faecal incontinence if it is caused by loose stools, weak sphincter muscles, or over-squeezing bowel muscles. Drugs may help to reduce contractions (squeezing) of the large bowel, or increase the absorption of fluids to make stools more solid.

Biofeedback – This is a behavioural treatment that works in a similar manner to bladder–retraining. By helping to identify the feeling of a full rectum and resisting the immediate desire to rush to the toilet the sphincter muscles can be trained to contract when necessary.

Sphincter repair – This is an operation carried out as a result of injury or aging that has caused a gap to develop in the sphincter muscles. Sphincter repair reattaches the rectal muscles, which tightens the sphincter and allows the anus to hold more faecal matter.

Muscle Transplant – This is an operation carried out when the nerves to the sphincter have stopped working properly. A muscle is taken from another part of the body and wrapped around the anal canal to act like a sphincter.

Colostomy – If other treatments fail, a colostomy is an option to relieve symptoms. It is a surgical procedure to divert faecal matter from the rectum into a small bag attached to the skin.

Faecal Incontinence – Diagnosis

13.12.2007 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence | Author: Colin

As with urinary incontinence, talking to your doctor or a health professional is the first and most important step in diagnosing faecal incontinence. Despite many people’s concerns about embarrassment, doctors are used to discussing this condition and as there are many treatment options it’s important to get a proper diagnosis.

You will be asked questions about your symptoms and it can be helpful to keep a diary of your bowel and dietary habits for a week or so before you go to enable you to provide accurate information.

The doctor may carry out a physical examination and they may also suggest using a proctoscope to look at the bowel lining and rectal wall in more detail if necessary.

If the relevant equipment is not available at your local surgery, you may find yourself referred to hospital for further tests.

Another test that may be carried out is a sigmoidoscopy where a thin, rigid tube is gently inserted through the rectum into the lower part of the bowel. This equipment contains a light and a camera which allow the doctor to look for inflammation, tumours, or other internal problems.

The doctor may also carry out tests to assess how well the nerves and muscles around the anus and rectum are working.

Faecal Incontinence – What Can Cause It?

11.12.2007 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence | Author: Colin

Normally the need to use the toilet is controlled using sphincter muscles and nerves in and around the rectum and anal canal. When there is need to pass a stool, the nerves send a message to the sphincter muscles telling them to relax and open the anus.

If the timing for this isn’t convenient, perhaps because a toilet isn’t close by, the brain sends a message to stop the muscles relaxing. You usually aren’t aware of doing this until the rectum becomes very full and a specific conscious effort is needed to keep the anus closed.

Faecal incontinence is where the muscles and nerves do not work properly. This can be caused by a number of factors:

Diet – Anything that makes the faeces more liquid than normal (e.g. alcohol) can make it harder to hold in. Foods that increase flatulence can also sometimes cause leakage, as the anus has to relax to let out gas.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – With IBS the bowel muscle is very sensitive and squeezes very strongly, often not at a convenient time which can be hard to control. The need to rush to the toilet when you have the urge to pass stools, or even when you pass wind, can sometimes cause leakage if this isn’t reached in time.

Childbirth – Post-childbirth, one in ten women has problems controlling when they pass wind or stools. As with urinary incontinence, it’s more common in older mothers, and women who have larger babies. The problem is mainly caused by damage to the anal muscles during birth, or because of the episiotomy cut that is made to help deliver the baby.

Age – The sphincter muscles get weaker with age, which makes it harder to control the need to go to the toilet. Older people with mental health conditions such as dementia may also have trouble recognising when they need to pass stools.

Constipation – Constipation happens when hardened faeces build up in the lower bowel, watery faeces can then leak around them which are difficult to control. Constipation is often the real cause of faecal incontinence especially the elderly.

Medication – Certain medications, for example those containing magnesium trisilicate, make the faeces looser or cause diarrhoea. Over-use of laxatives can also have the identical effects. A GP should be consulted if you are having problems with faecal incontinence and are taking any medication as they can check if this might be a side-effect and if necessary suggest an alternative.

Diarrhoea – Loose stools are more difficult to control than solid stools which can lead to leakage.

Damage to neurological system – Conditions such as a stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis or other conditions which affect the connections between the brain, the nervous system and the sphincter muscles prevent the messages being received correctly and lead to lack of control of the sphinter muscles.

Lower bowel disorders – Conditions such as haemorrhoids, cancer and anal fistula/ fissure can also lead to faecal incontinence.

Faecal Incontinence – What Is It?

10.12.2007 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence | Author: Colin

To finish our review of bowel related conditions we will look at faecal incontinence itself (or bowel incontinence or anal incontinence as it can be known).

Whereas urinary incontinence is the uncontrolled loss of urine, faecal incontinence is the uncontrolled loss of solid or liquid stools, or alternatively leakage whilst passing wind.

Understandably faecal incontinence can be a very distressing problem. It can vary significantly in severity from just occasional difficulty in controlling wind to the total loss of control over liquid and solid stools.

Although faecal incontinence is less common than urinary incontinence it still affects many people and can affect anyone, it is more prevalent in older people, particularly those with long-term health or mobility issues.

Faecal incontinence should always be investigated by a specialist to find the specific cause and to determing the best treatment to ease symptoms or cure the problem altogether.

Tena Products All Available

07.12.2007 | Posted in: Allanda, Products | Author: Colin

We still get a fair number of enquiries asking if we sell the full range of Tena products – to which the answer is a resounding “Yes! (Well nearly all to be totally honest).”

Not only do we sell virtually all Tena products available but unlike most of our competitors we also hold all the items listed in stock so that we can deliver them quickly to you.

We sell not just the well known Tena Lady products, but also Tena for Men, Tena Pants, Tena Comfort (shaped incontinence pads), Tena Slip (All in one incontinence pads), Tena Flex (Belted all in one pads) and Tena Fix (stretch mesh support pants for shaped incontinence pads).

We stock all sizes and absorbencies for Tena for Men, Tena Pants, Tena Comfort, Tena Slip and Tena Fix. We only hold the “Maxi” absorbency in stock for Tena Flex but are able to order in other absorbencies of this item for customers if required (just contact us at info@allanda.co.uk).

If you are after incontinence pads or pants from Hartmann, Attends, Abena or Lille we may be able to help as well as we can order in most of these items (and we already stock a large number of Lille products), again just email us at info@allanda.co.uk with your enquiry.