Adult Incontinence2019-02-08T15:23:21+00:00

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What is Incontinence?

Incontinence is the lack of voluntary voiding control of urine or feces. Suffers often do not have the ability to manage when their bladder or bowel empties, resulting in accidental soiling. The most common type of adult incontinence is urinary incontinence.
When it comes to urinary incontinence in adults it’s important to remember that even though it may be overwhelming at first, that is is completely normal and manageable.Depending on the type of incontinence you have been diagnosed with, there are a variety of different adult incontinence products to ensure that managing the condition does not diminish your freedom or quality of life. We are here as your reliable resource to help every step of the way.

Common Types of Adult Incontinence

Urge Incontinence – Also know as overactive bladder (OAB), this incontinence type occurs when sufferers have a strong impulse to urinate and simply cannot reach the toilet in time. This may be due to a condition such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.

Overflow Incontinence – This incontinence type is due to urine leakage caused by a weak bladder muscle or blockage when the bladder becomes too full, even though the person doesn’t experience the urge to urinate.

Stress Incontinence – Stress incontinence is when suffers bladder leaks while laughing, sneezing, lifting heavy objects, and exercising due to pressure being placed on the bladder.

Mixed Incontinence – Mixed incontinence only occurs when patients have more than one type of incontinence.

Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis

Incontinence is fairly common among all ages. For example, pediatric incontinence affects children, adult incontinence is found in adults of all ages between 18 and 65, and those afflicted at age 65 and up are considered to have geriatric incontinence. Also, elderly incontinence is twice as common in women than men.

There are a variety of causes that contribute to incontinence for people of all ages that are often due to a much larger condition. Factors that commonly lead to adult incontinence include:

Spinal Cord Injuries

Overactive Bladder Muscles

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or Enlarged Prostate

Weakened Pelvic Muscles

Pregnancy

Childbirth

A Disability or Mobility Impairment

Prostatitis

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Kidney or Bladder Stones

Parkinson’s Disease

Weight Gain

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Incontinence Symptoms

While your symptoms vary depending on incontinence type and severity a few common symptoms to be aware of:

Leaking during daily activities like laughing, bending, coughing, lifting, or exercising

Leaking urine without feeling an urge or warning

Experiencing a sudden, strong urge to urinate immediately

Voiding your bowels before making it to the toilet in time

Feeling the urge to urinate right after using the bathroom

Wetting the bed while sleeping

How Incontinence is Diagnosed

After seeing your primary care doctor you will most likely be referred to a urologist, a doctor who specializes in urinary tract disorders. It’s also common for women to see a urogynecologist or a gynecologist who has been specially trained in female bladder and urinary disorders.

Your medical history may be fully assessed with questions like if you experiencing incontinence while coughing or laughing and how much caffeine or alcohol you drink. A bladder diary can be incredibly helpful to have, Record the type of and how much fluid you drink, how often you need to or pass urine, the amount of urine you pass, and how many incontinence episodes you experience.

Based on your medical history and symptoms certain tests and physical examinations will need to be performed in order to rule out certain things that may be contributing to your incontinence. You may be asked to cough during a pelvic exam.

Common tests include a cystoscopy to look inside of your bladder for abnormalities, measuring the pressure in your bladder and stomach, a dipstick test to see if you have a urinary tract infection, a urodynamic to test how much liquid your bladder can hold, and more.

Based on the results, your doctor will be able to create a treatment plan to manage your symptoms and possible cure the condition.

Be Prepared With Urinary Incontinence Supplies

Urinary incontinence treatment options vary based on the type and severity you are diagnosed with. Some options include simple lifestyle changes such as avoiding caffeine or spicy foods, doing pelvic floor exercises to strengthen your muscles, or taking a daily pill. Medications commonly used to treat incontinence include anticholinergics, mirabegron, alpha blockers, and topical estrogen. More intensive treatment options include surgeries such as prolapse surgery, bladder neck suspension, and sling procedures, and more.

Once you suspect that you may have incontinence symptoms it is important to contact your doctor to be properly diagnosed to work towards relieving this issue. In the meantime, you can discover the right type of adult incontinence supplies to help you discretely manage your condition. Plus, incontinence supplies may be covered by insurance.

From adult diapers, adult disposable underwear, to incontinence pads, and more, there are a multitude of items to help you go about your normal day to day routine without letting urinary incontinence diminish your quality of life.

By having the right incontinence products on had you will always be prepared for long car trips, meetings at the office, overnight trips, and more. No matter what type of adult incontinence you have, with the right supplies you will remain confident, clean and most importantly, in control.

THE AEROFLOW DIFFERENCE

We understand that you have a lot on your plate. Adult incontinence can be stressful and potentially uncomfortable to face at first, although it’s not impossible to discreetly manage with a few adjustments to you and your family’s normal routine.

When it comes to insurance, unfortunately, very few policies cover disposable incontinence products. Most state Medicaid plans can pay for up to 200 disposable incontinence supplies each month, however Medicare does not provide for incontinence products.

Most Medicaid plans will cover up to 192 diapers, 200 pull-ups and/or 150 disposable underpads (chux) per month. This is true for patients with either primary or secondary Medicaid coverage in most states.

If you do not have Medicaid, Aeroflow Healthcare can still be your full-service incontinence option, offering competitive patient pay pricing. This price includes free discrete delivery directly to your door, saving potentially embarrassing and inconvenient trips to the store.

Additionally, our trained staff will contact you monthly to check your supply levels, by phone or email, to prevent any shortage of supplies.

That is why we’re here to take those worrisome tasks off your plate. We will contact your doctor and insurance provider to ensure your adult incontinence supplies are discreetly shipped in an unmarked box directly to your door on a regular basis.

Plus, our outstanding experts will guide you through our entire list of incontinence products to help you discover which items will best fit your personal needs. We will regularly check in to see if you need to make any adjustments to your supplies. These are only a few of the ways we can ensure that your freedom and comfort don’t have to suffer due to adult incontinence.

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