This summer has been hot hot hot, but if you struggle with incontinence
you might not. Worrying about leaks or odors can quickly ruin your fun in the sun. By the pool, at the beach, while hiking, or while enjoying other summer activities as the heat sweats in and you start to sweat you don’t want to feel soiled. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all season. Check out how to stay fresh with incontinence.
Staying Fresh With Incontinence In The Summer
1. Stay Dry
Nothing ruins a good time like wet bottoms, which is why it’s important to stay dry in the event of an accident. Choose absorbent adult pull-ups or incontinence pads
to quickly catch any leaks. Moisture-wicking materials can also help you feel dry. Speak with an incontinence specialist to match you with the most absorbent supplies and items best suited for your individual needs.
Also, don’t delay heading to the bathroom and cleaning yourself up when an accident occurs. Go ahead and change as soon as a leak strikes. Feeling clean can help you stay fresh for longer periods of time.
2. Protect Your Skin
Sweat and other liquids can irritate your skin. Be sure to avoid rashes, chaffing, and infections by keeping your skin clean and dry. Use wet wipes after any leaks to make sure your skin is kept clean. Then moisturize the area with lotion so it won't become too dry.
Barrier cream or ointment can protect the skin from irritation caused by excess moisture, urine, or stool, and antibacterial or antifungal cram are typically suited to treat bacterial and fungal infections of the skin.
3. Prevent Odor
Smells have the potential to be pretty embarrassing, but luckily can easily be stopped. Make sure your incontinence products have odor control
to prevent the scent of urine or stools from making their way to other noses. Wear incontinence products like briefs close to the body to prevent leaks and make sure catheter collection bags are tightly sealed to stop any spills.
You can take deodorizing pills, drink pretty of fluids to dilute your urine, take vitamin C, and avoid foods that cause an odor such as asparagus to prevent your urine from having an unpleasant smell.
When disposing of soiled items place them in a smell proof bag. An airtight container such as a plastic bag with a zip seal can be used to discreetly dispose of items without anyone noticing.
Also, if you experience a leak change immediately and remove and wash any clothing that comes into contact with urine or stool. Proper hygiene will keep you smelling great.
4. Be Prepared for Accidents
Don’t be caught without everything you need in the event of an accident. Carry a backpack with all of the necessary items you need to change incontinence supplies.
Pack extra pairs of pull-ups, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, lotion, a subtle perfume or cologne, changing gloves, a disposal bag, and an extra outfit. This way you can quickly change before and maintain proper hygiene anyone notices your absence.
5. Have a Healthy Diet
It can be easy to throw your diet out the window during summer festivities, but greasy, fried foods can have you feeling not so fresh. Plus, they can increase pressure on your digestive tract.
Prevent accidents by maintaining a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and water. Avoid items such as alcohol, caffeinated beverages, spicy foods, items high in sugar, and greasy foods.
6. Map Out Bathrooms
Relieve some pressure by knowing where to go ahead of time. This way once an urge strikes or you feel a leak, you won’t have to rush to find a bathroom in time. Be sure to use the restroom before you leave your home and map out where you can stop during long car rides.
If you’re going to a public park like a zoo or a into a museum look up where the bathrooms are ahead of time so you can make stops every couple of hours to relieve yourself. When attending a BBQ or family gathering be sure to ask where the bathroom is as soon as you arrive.
7. Save With Incontinence Supplies Through Insurance
Enjoy your summer by letting us handle your incontinence supplies for you! Save more money for extra fun in the sun by qualifying to receive incontinence products through insurance. Once you fill out our quick qualification form we will match you with the best items that have the perfect fit to stop leaks and odors so you can confidently hang by the pool, at the lake, go on vacation, and much more! Best of all, they’ll arrive at your home on a monthly basis!