Urinary incontinence is a broad range of bladder control problems, such as the sudden and urgent need to urinate, increased urinary frequency, and accidents. It is the involuntary leakage of urine due to lost or weakened control over the urinary sphincter. Urinary continence affects more than 12 million people, and if you’re one of them, you should visit a doctor.
But sometimes, incontinence can continue even after making lifestyle changes. Don’t worry, though. Incontinence pads and other medical supplies and devices can make incontinence care easier for you.
As a retail pharmacy, Cavalier Pharmacare offers a wide range of products and devices for urinary incontinence. We can help you manage incontinence through a simplified set of products to help you save more as you care for incontinence.
Here are some of the OTC hygiene products that can help you manage mild, moderate, and even severe symptoms of incontinence.
- Pads and pull-up pants
If you are looking for an incontinence product, you should look into pads and pull-up pants. You can check absorbent pads, disposable underwear, reusable underwear, and pull-up pants that can catch leaks. These products have a hydrophobic layer that draws urine away from the product’s surface, so your skin stays dry and prevents overflow from reaching your clothes.
You can purchase thin, discreet pads if you have mild to moderate incontinence. You can also buy pull-up pants for men and women. For severe leaks, you can buy incontinence pads since they are more effective and comfortable and will help you avoid spending all your time in the toilet.
Stress urinary incontinence affects millions of women. So, to take control of this embarrassing problem, they can consider using tampons. These tampons are collapsible silicone structures with a non-absorbent polypropylene covering that can expand to lift and support the urethra. These products offer temporary control by putting pressure on the tissues of the bladder. In turn, they help stop leaks from stresses, such as coughing, sneezing, or exercising.
If you are not sure what type of incontinence you have and do not know what products to use, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor.
- Guard and shields
For women facing challenges with incontinence, a vaginal guard is another option. These are disposable devices that come in three sizes, inserted into the vagina using an applicator. As a result, guards prevent leaks by providing support to your pelvic structures and muscles.
For men’s choices, they can purchase male guards. These products are specifically designed to protect men against light leakage so they can feel fresh, dry, and comfortable every day. Some guards come with a curved shape that helps meet the shape of your body. These should be placed inside underwear and secured with the attached adhesive strip. Guards also come with an absorbent core that helps lock wetness and odor away.
Men can also purchase a cunningham clamp. This device is placed over the male’s anatomy to close the urethra gently. If you want to empty your bladder, you release the clamp. It can be uncomfortable at first, but you can adjust over time.
As a treatment, your physician may carefully select a medication to treat your incontinence issues. There are medications that can calm an overactive bladder and may be used alone or in combination with behavioral treatments. Examples may include oxybutynin (Ditropan XL), tolterodine (Detrol), darifenacin (Enablex), fesoterodine (Toviaz), solifenacin (Vesicare), and trospium chloride.
Your long term care provider can help you decide if you need medicine to treat bladder leaks since some medications can make bladder control problems worse or increase your symptoms.
- Pelvic Muscle Training Devices
You can use pelvic muscle training device products when you do Kegel exercises. These types of exercise can help prevent or control urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor issues.
- Skin Care Products
No matter how well your incontinence products work, you can still get rashes and even infections. To avoid these, you can also use skin care products that feature a moisture barrier to help in reducing skin irritation.
You can buy these at your local pharmacy:
- Wet Wipe/Wash Cloth
- Perineal Cleanser
- Moisturizing Cream/Lotion
- Barrier Cream/Ointment
- Film Forming Skin Protectants
- Antibacterial/Antifungal Cream
- Skin Powder
Want to know more about what type of medical products will work for your incontinence? Our pharmacists are ready to counsel and guide you in the selection of incontinence products. We are here to provide the best pharmaceutical services so you can combat the effects of incontinence.
Feel free to check our product options designed for both the treatment and management of urinary incontinence that may enable you to improve your independence and quality of life.
For more information on urinary incontinence and products, please don’t hesitate to send us a message.