Common Side Effects of Male Urinary Incontinence Products
Today, men have a lot of choices when it comes to products for managing urinary incontinence. Depending on the level of incontinence, men can choose to utilize undergarments like adult diapers or male incontinence pads, while other options include internal catheters (aka indwelling catheters) or condom catheters (aka external catheters).
While having a variety of products to choose from is valuable, some options may have more adverse side effects than others.
Side Effects of Adult Diapers and Incontinence Pads for Men
When using adult diapers or male incontinence pads to manage urinary incontinence, it’s typical for some men to experience side effects like:
- Diaper rash: Diaper rash is a skin irritation that is caused when the skin is exposed to moisture for a prolonged period of time. Adult diapers or male incontinence pads can also cause skin irritation if the wearer happens to be allergic to the material.
- Odor: When urine comes into contact with oxygen, it can give off an ammonia-like smell. While normal urine does not generally have a foul smell, sometimes those with incontinence tend to drink less water as a means to control troublesome leakage, leading to urine that is highly concentrated. Odor can be an embarrassing side effect of using diapers to manage incontinence, but it can be better controlled by drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water each day.
- General discomfort: When you are constantly feeling wet or even just damp, it’s not a very comfortable situation. If you have to rely on a caregiver to help you change your diaper or pad, you can be left sitting in wetness for longer lengths of time than you would like.
Side Effects of Internal Catheters
When incontinence is more severe and cannot be managed properly with other products, medicines or surgery, internal catheters can be used for treatment. While these devices are effective at stopping leakage, there can be some unpleasant side effects involved, such as:
- Pain or discomfort: The catheterization procedure itself may be painful or uncomfortable, and then once the internal catheter is in place some men report some general discomfort.
- Higher risk for urinary tract infection: An indwelling catheter can put you at higher risk for UTI, as bacteria can more easily enter the urinary tract. Treatment can include the use of antibiotics and can contribute to antibiotic resistance.
- Damage to the skin or urethra: You or your caregiver should look carefully for signs of infection or damage to the skin caused by the internal catheter; red, swollen or tender skin can commonly occur in the area around the catheter.
Men’s Liberty – A Better Way to Manage Male Urinary Incontinence
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