Monday, December 8, 2014

Tips for Surviving Holiday Travel with Incontinence

Holiday travel is a necessary evil for many people in the United States. But for the estimated 30 million Americans suffering from incontinence, the long waits without constant access to a restroom can be a nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be.

Here are the top tips for surviving holiday travel with incontinence:
1. Plan, plan, plan – In the days leading up to your travel, keep a voiding diary. This is a journal where you will record what you drank and ate, and when you went to restroom or had urges. It may give you some important clues as to when to plan your bathroom breaks (if possible) and what to avoid.

2. Wear incontinence undergarments – Many people suffering from incontinence are resistant to using incontinence undergarments. But for situations such as traveling, they are a good backup to have. Many newer incontinence products are less bulky and noticeable, and can provide a level of assurance.

3. Avoid caffeine – You may reach for that cup of coffee to get ready for your early morning flight, but resist the urge.  Caffeine is a diuretic and can contribute to incontinence. Plus the carbonation in soda can irritate the bladder. Water is the best thing you can drink.

4. Stay hydrated – This seems counter-intuitive. Maybe you should just avoid drinking anything in order to avoid instances of incontinence. But, avoiding drinking can be worse for you. If you don’t stay hydrated, your urine becomes concentrated. Concentrated urine caused by dehydration can irritate the lining of the bladder and urethra and actually worsen incontinence.

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  2. These tips are useful!... The Incontinence doctor In Beverly Hills states that evaluation of the symptoms requires a thorough discussion of your symptoms with your doctor as well as physical exam. A voiding diary is also a useful tool to help in evaluation. Further testing is typically required which can include radiologic imaging, cystoscopy, and functional testing of the bladder. So consult your doctor as soon as possible and learn more about it... Happy travelling. Thanks..

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