There are several products on the market that promise to help cope with incontinence. However, it may be too good to be true to find one that will solve the issues involved with the condition. Therefore, caregivers or incontinent individuals who are using these supplies should have realistic expectations of the products that they are using.
There are several factors that will determine the effectiveness of a product. The most common would be the frequency of having to change incontinent products, the time it takes to change them, the need for antibacterial or anti-inflammatory creams, the need for sitz bath and the presence of rashes on the skin.
The items listed are the possible effects when using the product. And when there is less frequency or presence of these items, the product may be considered effective.
The frequency of having to change. Whether you are using incontinent pads or urine collection systems, the frequency of having to use a new pad or a new bag can determine the amount of quality a product has.
Those with high quality may remain for longer periods but may not be able to guarantee the absence of problems which may arise soon.
Although, this will also take into account, the amount of urine passed as well as the sizes of the incontinence products mentioned.
Amount of time for need to change. The longer the time that you need to change a diaper, for example, can show that it is more effective in absorbing urine.
There are products which have been results of years of study and they may be used for a longer time as they can absorb more. These are usually equipped with layers that help prevent urine from backing up into the skin. Older, less advanced items may require more frequent changes as they may handle smaller amounts and they might not have more absorbent layers.
Presence of rashes. If there are rashes on the buttocks area, it may be indicative of less effective incontinence supplies. If you are using diapers, this means that the pads are not absorbent enough to lock in the urine into the pad and away from the skin. If you are using incontinence systems, this may be due to a defect wherein urine spills out of the container or the catheters used.
Trying out from one pad to another until you find the best one can be a good step. Also, before using an incontinence system, do make sure that it is well installed and all the parts are working properly.
Need for sitz bath. A hot sitz bath is a treatment that can help sooth rashes which may be present on the skin. There will be a need for such treatment if there are skin problems which are results of ineffective anti-incontinence measures.
Antibacterial or anti-inflammatory cream use. If the incontinence product that you are using is ineffective and it allows urine to come in contact with the skin, there may be a need for using these skin medications. They serve as treatments for skin breakouts due to the ammonia present in urine.
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