Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Problems with urine leakage may require you to take extra care to prevent skin irritation:

  • 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

If you have urge incontinence or nighttime incontinence, make the toilet more convenient:

  • 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, you might:

  • Keep a bedpan in your bedroom
  • Install an elevated toilet seat
  • Widen an existing bathroom doorway
Jul. 22, 2014

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