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Incontinence A to Z

Adult Diapers – Also known as Adult Briefs, these incontinence supplies are designed for full coverage and protection from incontinent episodes. Popular for those who have mild or severe physical impairment, with moderate to severe incontinence, they come in many styles. You can find adult diapers with tabs, but they also come in easy pull up options, which can be preferable for convenience, fit and security.

Adult briefs and diapers can also be either disposable or reusable. In the case of reusable adult diapers, there may be an incontinence brief system that includes both an external pair of underpants and an internal, washable pad.

Incontinence Barrier Creams – Some people become more prone to dermatitis and other conditions and need something like a barrier cream for additional protection. Designed to be applied after cleansing, these creams act as a barrier to keep skin cleaner and moisturized for those that are dealing with chronic or episodic incontinence. Not just any type of moisturizer will work, though. These barrier creams are specifically designed to deeply moisturize while not clogging or interfering with the efficacy of the adult diaper.

Incontinence – Otherwise known as urinary incontinence, incontinence is the loss of bladder control. This can range from small leaks when you laugh, cough or sneeze, to uncontrollable urges that happen so quickly it’s impossible to get to the restroom. Incontinence can happen at any age and can be treated by your healthcare provider with medication, physical therapies and lifestyle changes. While living with incontinence, you may need to invest in a variety of incontinence supplies.

Incontinence Pads – Designed for more active people with very mild incontinence, these pads are designed to offer security for people dealing with small leaks or people who are in their home and have ready access to a restroom. Typically, they are placed in regular underwear and are disposed of, once used.

Incontinence Odor Neutralizers – If you are dealing with chronic incontinence (whether urinary or urinary and fecal), one of the more difficult aspects can be dealing with the odors associated with it. The two keys to dealing with this situation are around disposal and odor neutralizers. Having a closed trash receptacle in your bathroom, with a liner, is step one. This will contain the odors until you’re able to dispose of the trash bag. The second piece comes in the form of odor neutralizers, specially designed for medical facilities or home care environments, they don’t just try to mask odors like simple air fresheners, they literally neutralize the odor by chemically attacking it.

Perineal Wash – This specially formulated, typically no rinse incontinence cleanser, helps those dealing with incontinence to stay clean without having to bathe frequently. These washes are also specially formulated to be gentle, include special moisturizers, and are made with no harsh chemicals to support in preserving skin that can be more delicate, especially when dealing with chronic incontinence.

Personal Incontinence Wipes – Pre-moistened, and often designed for adult skin, incontinence wipes or personal wipes are for cleansing when changing out used incontinence products. Some of these wipes are designed to be flushed down the toilet, but many are not. Many are hypoallergenic and also contain things like Aloe or Vitamin E to aid in skin health. Personal wipes can also cleanse any part of the body and can be especially important for those with limited mobility.

Underpads – Underpads are large, lined pads that are typically used to cover beds or furniture for additional protection against leaks. Often used for overnights or on chairs, these large pads offer additional security “just in case” the main product being used fails, or leaks. Many people will use these as they are healing from surgeries or other conditions and they operate as an excellent backup if you have light incontinence and just need a little insurance.