*Caution: the post below contains some graphic medical images.
Skin maceration, candidiasis, dermatitis,– all these are complications that you may be experiencing when using briefs, pads, or diapers for men to manage incontinence. Sounds nice and clinical doesn’t it? Get an infection; take a pill, problem solved right?
Sadly reality doesn’t quite work out that way. The other names for these complications are – diaper rash, yeast infection and (best of all) fire bottom. That’s not quite so clinical – but perhaps it’s a bit more meaningful. Treatment will frequently involve doctor’s visits, creams, ointment and/or antibiotics depending on which infection you’ve developed. If left untreated, these complications can contribute to pressure ulcers and hospitalization.
Dress it up any way you want (and believe me Tena and Depends will paint quite the picture), over 90% of individuals with incontinence are wearing some form of absorbent product – a diaper, pad, male guard or pull-up.
So let’s call a spade a spade, shall we? Absorbents of all variety come with a host of potential complications that you should know about. So let’s take a look at that fine print!
Diapers retain moisture (duh, that’s why you wear them) but that means that moisture is being constantly held against your skin. Constant exposure to moisture, particularly the ammonia in urine, can cause skin breakdown.
Skin breakdown can look a little different in everyone, and vary in intensity. The primary characteristics are redness, tenderness and little white or red bumps. You can even develop a yeast infection and get the added benefit of a burning sensation when you pee! The image to the right is of a pressure ulcer. Incontinence and absorbents can also cause the development of ulcers requiring hospitalization and/or surgical treatment.
Absorbents have made great strides in recent years but it’s still a diaper. It’s generally still pretty bulky and can ride up above your pants in the back, meaning it’s visible to onlookers. Personally, I’d prefer to leave that kind of embarrassment behind where it belongs.
One thing you can’t escape with men’s diapers (or any type of diaper, for that matter) is the smell. Urine stinks and when you’re taking lots of medication, it can stink A LOT! Diapers absorb urine and the smell just swirls around you until you change that diaper. And if it soaks into your clothes you may never get rid of that l’eau de toilette.
Armed with the facts, you can make a better decision for managing your incontinence care. The reality is that ADULT DIAPERS ARE NOT YOUR ONLY OPTION! Men’s Liberty is a healthier option for managing men’s urinary incontinence without the complications! It’s discreet, dignified and dependable.