10 Common Adult Incontinence Treatment Suggestions
There are many possible causes for incontinence, and while some of the underlying causes are very specific, others are more general. Depending on the symptom a specific adult incontinence treatment can be recommended for a person. Here are ten common causes for incontinence along with suggestions for what to do about each one.
Symptom – In a child bed wetting may be normal up to a point, but then psychological or physical problems can push the problem past the point of normality.
Treatment – Before the age of six bed wetting is no reason for concern, particularly if there is no evidence of neurological disease. After the age of six, work with a health care provider to determine the best course of treatment for this problem to avoid adding any additional psychological stress to the situation.
Symptom – In a woman a laugh, cough or sneeze can lead to an incident of incontinence. Pregnancy and childbirth can leave a woman suffering from stress incontinence beginning years after giving birth.
Treatment – A pessary can be used to support prolapsed, internal organs. Surgery can repair damaged pelvic floor muscles. Drugs can also be used to ease symptoms.
Symptom – When urinating the urine flow feels warmer than usual, and the urine has a strong scent, which may indicate a urinary tract infection. Infection may also be emanating from the bladder or prostate gland.
Treatment – An infection, whether the urinary tract, bladder or prostate is usually treated with a full course of antibiotics.
Symptom – In men over the age of forty, the prostate may become enlarged and exert pressure on the urethra making it difficult to fully empty the bladder.
Treatment – This problem is most typically treated with drugs; however, there are instances when surgery is indicated, though it should be considered carefully as it brings with it additional risks.
Symptom – After undergoing radiation treatments or surgery in the pelvic region, muscle or nerve damage may occur, even though it may not be evident for weeks or even months after the treatments or surgery is completed.
Treatment – This type of damage is quite difficult to correct, and it may require additional surgery to even attempt correction.
Symptom – In elderly patients quite frequently the treatment of another ailment will exacerbate incontinence. For example, in heart patients a diuretic may be prescribed to care for the heart, which then leads to bouts of incontinence in the patient.
Treatment – A person should report undesirable side effects of any new medication to their doctor so that they can continue looking for a medication that solves the original problem without causing a new problem, like incontinence.
Symptom – Incontinence may first appear after a person suffers a debilitating stroke. The portion of the brain that triggers urination is damaged and renders a person incontinent.
Treatment – The most common ways to treat incontinence that is brought on by a stroke is either with medication or bladder retraining.
Symptom – A person with diabetes may suffer many different symptoms as their disease progresses, including incontinence, and this symptom is particularly prevalent when there is nerve involvement.
Treatment – The damage caused by diabetes is typically irreversible, and most typically there is no treatment to cure this symptom. Frequently a patient’s best option is self-catheterization.
Symptom – When a person is afflicted with a neurological disease, like Alzeheimer’s or multiple sclerosis, it is very common for the nerves that control the bladder to malfunction causing incontinence.
Treatment -This condition is usually handled with supportive care, which may include drug therapy along with catheterization.
Symptom – A person suffering from degenerative disc disease may first just experience back pain, but over time the crushed disk may exert undue pressure on nerves that control the bladder leading to incontinence.
Treatment – This type of incontinence is best treated with corrective back surgery along with physiotherapy.
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