Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong you don’t get to a toilet in time.
Many people experience occasional, minor leaks of urine. Others may lose small to moderate amounts of urine more frequently.
Here are the types of incontinence:
According to Mayo Clinic, the most common types are stress, urge, and overflow incontinence.
Stress incontinence – Unrelated to emotional or psychological stress, this results from a weakened sphincter – the area of the bladder that controls flow. This reduced control can be a result of bodily changes (as in pregnancy in women) or a side effect from a recent surgery.
Urge incontinence – This type of incontinence causes the bladder muscle to contract. It is often a side effect of urinary tract infections, certain diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, stroke, and traumatic injury, among others.
Overflow incontinence – Suffers of overflow incontinence may sense this when urinating or may produce only a weak stream of urine. Patients often suffer from overflow incontinence as a result of a damaged bladder or a blocked urethra. Nerve damage related to diabetes, multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury may also be a cause; specifically in men, this can be related to prostate gland problems
It is imperative to consult with a doctor, as it may be a symptom of another, more serious, conditions. If the problem is more serious, a home health aide who provides in-home care can assist loved ones with undergarment changing and assist with diaper changing.
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