Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Protecting your skin

Problems with urine leakage may require you to take extra care to prevent skin irritation. Some things you can do to protect your skin include:

  • Use a washcloth to clean yourself.
  • Allow your skin to air dry.
  • Avoid frequent washing and douching because these can overwhelm your body's natural defenses against bladder infections.
  • Consider using a barrier cream, such as petroleum jelly or cocoa butter, to protect your skin from urine.

Making the toilet more convenient

If you have urge incontinence or nighttime incontinence:

  • Move any rugs or furniture you might trip over or collide with on the way to the toilet.
  • Use a night light to illuminate your path and reduce your risk of falling.

If you have functional incontinence, possible changes may include:

  • Keeping a bedpan in your bedroom
  • Installing an elevated toilet seat
  • Adding a bathroom in a more convenient location
  • Widening an existing bathroom doorway
Jun. 25, 2011