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More information on Faecal Incontinence

26.07.2010 | Posted in: Advice, Faecal Incontinence, Incontinence, Incontinence Products | Author: Colin

Whilst the taboo around discussing urinary incontinence and bladder weakness is slowly being overcome, faecal incontinence remains one of those topics that people avoid talking about still. However, many people have to live with it, and there’s a lot that you can do about it, here is some additional information to help you understand and manage the condition better.

Muscle Damage

Two ring-like muscles – the external and internal sphincter – help keep faeces inside your rectum. Most of the time, they perform their jobs well and there is never a problem. However certain situations can cause damage to those sphincters, making them weak and susceptible to leaking feces. In most cases, haemorrhoid surgery and childbirth are responsible for sphincter muscle damage.

Constipation

Most people experience constipation – an inability to produce bowl movements – from time to time. Constipation is a major cause of fecal incontinence, which seems counterintuitive. However, the hard faeces that are unable to be expelled can become lodged in the rectum; looser stools can then slide out past the blockage, causing incontinence. Also, these hard faeces can sometimes cause damage to the sphincter muscles, making it more difficult for a person to make it to the bathroom in a timely manner.

Nerve Damage

When the nerves that sense stool in the rectum – or the nerves that control the external and internal sphincters – become damaged, faecal incontinence can occur. In the first case, your body is unable to warn you when faeces need to be expelled; many times, you only find out when it leaks out. In the second case, the nerves that are in charge of those sphincters don’t work properly, and incontinence occurs. Nerve damage in these areas can be caused by strokes, childbirth, a habit of straining exceptionally hard to pass stools, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and other conditions that affect nerves in the body.

Diarrohea

Since diarrhea is loose and watery, it is more likely to leak out unexpectedly. Most of the time though, this is only a short-term condition.

Reduced Capacity

Inflammatory bowel disease, rectal surgery or radiation treatment can scar the inside of the rectum, making it less elastic. The reduced capacity then makes faecal incontinence much more likely to occur, since the rectum is unable to stretch to accommodate faeces.

No matter what the cause, it’s important to consult your health professional should you experience ongoing faecal incontinence to receive the correct diagnosis and support for your own condition. Use of Disposable Incontinence products such as Tena Pants Plus or Tena Pants Super can assist in managing the condition and reducing the effect of leaks. However as no product has yet been produced specifically for the absorption of solid matter then it is always advisable to change any product as soon as soiling has occurred to maintain freshness and skin condition.

A New Solution for Urge Incontinence

23.07.2010 | Posted in: Advice, Bladder Weakness, Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Exercises, Urge Incontinence | Author: Colin

For those who find themselves unable to manage their bladder, technology is now being used in the U.S. to help people to help people take control of the problem and thus reduce incidences of incontinence.

One person who has benefited is Yvonne De Los Santos, who had gone about her daily life for years without knowing she had a problem.

“I just thought, oh, I had an accident. I didn’t think to seek help,” Yvonne says.

Yvonne’s gynecologist eventually referred her to physical therapist Marlene Kuntz.

“Some women believe that this is normal. It is not normal to leak at any age,” Marlene says.

Marlene is using a bio-feedback method to help Yvonne strengthen her pelvic floor and to manage her incontinence.

“We have the woman connected via a sensor to a specialized computer and the computer is able to show them what their muscle is doing,” Marlene says.

The computer helps Yvonne know which muscles to contract. Marlene uses a series of computer graphics to help Yvonne visualize and pinpoint the muscles that control urine flow.

While this may not be the answer for everyone, it’s an option to be considered before medication or surgery.

Marlene says, “I think it gives women freedom, you know, to be able to do what they enjoy doing and don’t have to worry about getting to a bathroom.”

The therapy runs about 8 weeks and some patients have seen positive results as early as the 4th week

Incontinence Help for Holidays

12.07.2010 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence, Incontinence Products | Author: Colin

Lounging on a beach towel under the hot sun whilst watching children construct sand castles and listening to the ocean are some of the simple pleasures of a relaxing holiday. After all, the main objective of taking a holiday is to get in some much needed relaxation. The last thing anyone needs is to be worried about finding the closest toilet while in the middle of the beach, museums, amusement parks, traveling, etc.

For the millions of people who experience urinary incontinence, travelling on planes, trains, or cars is possible with the help of many incontinence products. Urine leakage always seems to happen at the worst possible time, and learning to manage it while travelling will prevent a stressful holiday.

Planning a holiday is time consuming especially when plotting around incontinence. Having incontinence products shipped to your home in advance via a home delivery company, such as Allanda saves time and cost whilst preparing your trip and also means you can be sure of having finding the right products for you. Having incontinence products delivered right to your door each month saves you the hassle of rushing out to the shops when your supply is low at anytime.

You could also organize a delivery of products to your holiday location if you are traveling in the UK.

Other simples tips and advice for how to manage incontinence while traveling are:

Transportation: Always allow for delays and hold up’s whilst traveling so plot where toilets will be available on route, and also take the opportunity to use the toilet ahead of needing it to avoid being caught out.

Diet: Ensure sufficient liquids are drunk to maintain hydration but avoid too many caffeinated drinks or too much alcohol which can stimulate the bladder.

Travel Kit: Carry a travel kit containing spare pads, wipes and cleansing products and also hygiene bags for disposal of products in case bins/disposal methods aren’t available when you need to change pads or products.

Living with incontinence is simple and distress-free if knowing how to manage and control the urinary leakage. With all the variety of incontinence products available, traveling can be more effortless than ever before. Worry about having fun on holiday, and don’t worry about incontinence.

Tips to prevent frequent urination leading to incontinence

02.07.2010 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence, Light Adult Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Colin

Making regular trips to the toilet to try to avoid incontinence episodes can be extremely tiring, not to mention frustrating.

One of the problems with incontinence and/or frequent urination is that it sometimes has the effect of discouraging people from drinking sufficient fluids, which can then lead on to dehydration.

Of course maintaining proper hydration is important, but so is staying dry, and on occasion, the need for frequent urination can end up resulting in light incontinence, especially in the elderly.

To help prevent frequent urination evolving into incontinence, there are some simple things that can be done to reduce the frequency of urination or the feeling of the need to urinate. Caffeine and alcohol are among the many foods that irritate the bladder, leading to incontinence. Both of these drinks are also diuretics, which encourage the body to lose liquids. Medications for high blood pressure are normally diuretics also, which can exacerbate the frequent urination symptoms, again leading to incontinence.

There are also a number of diseases that can manifest themselves as frequent urination (in turn leading to incontinence), so this is another reason that it is important to discuss any incontinence problem with your health professional. Two common causes are Diabetes and kidney disease, even more common is a urinary tract infection. In men frequent urination is frequently the result of an enlarged prostate gland, which again often leads way to light adult incontinence.
If there is any discomfort connected with frequent trips to the toilet, then you should seek medical advice immediately.

However, for the elderly, especially as mobility becomes an issue, frequent urination can be just the start a pattern of incontinence. If there is no infection or disease, then there are several things that can be done to address the problem of incontinence. Limiting liquid intake, but still ensuring that enough fluids are being consumed to remain healthy in line with guidelines, can be a start. Next, increasing the holding capacity of the bladder by gradually extending the time in between trips to the bathroom. This can be done by stretching the time by about fifteen minutes and increase the duration every week.
If medication that works as a diuretic is being taken then discuss with the doctor the option of taking this earlier in the day. This will help prevent waking throughout the night needing to go to the bathroom, or risk an incontinence episode like bedwetting.