Self catheterization supplies that you need
Many people who need a catheter are not always aware of the different supplies which they may need in order to fully use it properly. Obviously a lot of people have already gone to their doctor about their problem and will have been told what to get, but this is not everyone.
Maybe you have gone to the doctor, but it is not unlikely that you will not fully be aware of the best equipment to use. Urinary incontinence is not the easiest thing to talk about either, so it is understandable if you do not want to go to the doctor about it again. Others will plain full out refuse to go to the doctor, and this again is understandable given the nature of the problem itself.
So if you are trying to find self catheterization supplies there are a few things to know. Especially if this is for someone you are caring for, you will need to be aware of all the different things that you can get, and what you may individually need. Unfortunately it is not always easy to give a generalized, blanket answer – each person is individual in their problems, and so will need different treatment depending on what they suffer with specifically and how often the problems occur.
In general though you need to ensure that your skin stays clean – this is done simply through using a good ph soap, and warm water. Obviously you can still have a vague idea of the different self catheterization supplies that you will need for dealing with urinary incontinence. The main things that people use are catheters – but there are different types of these to choose from. As well as different brands there are two main types that you need to choose from. An intermittent catheter may have a straight tip or a coude tip.
More often than not the prescribing physician will make this decision for you, and the type of self catheterization supplies you will need. You can also ask for a certain type if one gives you difficulty. Simply put, anyone who has a chronic problem with urinary incontinence will need a catheter which is designed to be longer term. Often these are constantly attached to a patient, as urination may occur at any time, so you always need to be careful.
Others will not need this as much. Urination may occur less frequently, or they may have a slightly better control over the problem. In this case external catheters can be used. In general these are easier – they can be worn throughout the day and at night, and are then thrown away in the morning. These will generally be cheaper but are often far easier for the person to use, as indwelling catheters can uncomfortable and have a history of causing urinary tract infections.
For male external catheters you can also use Skin Barrier, or skin prep. These create an invisible layer on the skin between the catheters. An adhesive remover maybe necessary to help remove any suborn residue.
Either way you can get help to decide what is best for you. While this is not always easy, after a while it should not be too hard to understand what you personally need, and it will really help in the long term with dealing with incontinence. Many people have traveled this road before you and found success, and so will you.