Incontinence issues can happen to anybody at any age. The condition can cause an involuntary leaking of urine in small or large amounts. Most people will get a medical diagnosis of this condition to undergo the right kind of treatment. Many individuals suffering from incontinence will also wear diapers, incontinence panties, or incontinence briefs to handle the involuntary leaking.
Whether you decide to wear disposable undergarments, or the new Wearever briefs and panties made of odor eliminating antimicrobial fibers and sewn-in absorbent pads, you may still experience an odor when removing the undergarments or doing daily activities. Here are several tips to help with incontinence odors.
Ensure Incontinence Panties or Incontinence Briefs Fit Right: While the briefs and panties are perfect in catching, holding, and cutting down on odors, they can’t work right if they don’t fit on you. You want to have a snug fit without shifting so the urine does not escape and stain your clothing.
Drink a Lot of Fluids: It feels so easy and natural to cut back on fluids when you have this problem. Basically, you are telling yourself, “If I drink less, there will be less chances of leaking.” However, this is a bad idea. When you drink less, the urine becomes more concentrated as it produces a stronger smell. If you can, drink about six to eight glasses of water a day but know that moderation is key! You can also switch to drinking cranberry juice, which naturally reduces odor.
Take Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a great way to reduce the odor in your urine. Always speak with your doctor about taking this vitamin so you don’t have any complications with any other medications you may be taking.
Review Your Diet: Some types of food and drink have a hand in creating a strong odor to your urine. In particular, coffee and asparagus seem to be common culprits for many people. Also, certain medications may also change the urine odor. Review your diet to determine what foods are causing problems. Speak with your doctor about the medication so he can give you the best advice.
Keep Clean: Good hygiene can control the odors and allow you to feel fresh and dry. Avoid powders that don’t do much except make your briefs and panties soggy. Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers after washing. When changing pads or undergarments clean yourself well to eliminate odors.
Tackle Urine Stains Quickly: Don’t let the stain sit in clothing, bedding, or upholstery. Clean the stain immediately to get rid of the odor. When washing clothes, place baking soda or white vinegar into the wash water as a laundry detergent booster. If you decide to use white vinegar, set your washer to an extra rinse or two to fully wash out the vinegar. If the odor is in cushions or mattresses, follow the manufacturers’ instructions on spot cleaning the area.
Never Be Embarrassed Over Your Condition
While your condition can make life inconvenient, you should never feel embarrassed or alone over the problem. People around the world share the same issues and understand the hassles you are going through. By following the above steps, you can make life a bit simpler for you as you can enjoy going out to dinner, having fun at parties, and simply relaxing instead of being tense that a leak may happen.
Seek out the right medications and incontinence undergarments to tackle the problem as you can lead a normal life with this condition. If you experience any further problems, always consult with your doctor or specialist. They will be able to better address your issues based on your medical history and give the right recommendation that will help you.