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Lightweight summer fashions and outdoor events can lead to stress for those with incontinence. Here are some tips for enjoying the summer with confidence.

For men and women managing incontinence, summertime can seem stressful. Between lightweight, skin-baring clothing and an abundance of outdoor activities and events, many worry about little bladder leaks and reaching a bathroom in time. By following these three simple rules and choosing the right incontinence products, summertime living can be fun and easy.

Rule No. 1: Stay hydrated without overworking the bladder. Drinking the right amount depends on an individual’s health condition and severity of incontinence, so it should be discussed with a doctor.

Rule No. 2: Avoid known irritants, especially before outdoor events where bathroom access may be limited. Irritants can include alcohol, caffeine, sugar and artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, spicy foods, and acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus.

Rule No. 3: In addition to following a few simple dietary rules, choose incontinence products designed to help you stay active and wear summer fashions with confidence. Here are some ideas:

Nothing feels better next to skin in the summertime than pure cotton! 100% cotton incontinence pads are breathable and feel cool against skin. Ideal for women with sensitive skin, hypoallergenic Elyte brand pads help prevent rash and irritation, even in hot, humid weather.

Men, women, and teens with bladder or bowel incontinence still can swim and participate in poolside or beach activities. SoSecure brand Swim Briefs are washable, reusable, absorbent underwear that can be worn next to the skin, under swimwear. SoSecure briefs are designed for bowel incontinence but also hold several cups of liquid.

Today more than ever, men and women have many options in premium-quality disposable undergarments. For men, there are boxers from Prevail, Depend and other manufacturers that look and feel like regular cotton boxers. Women can choose from quality options such as Depend Silhouette, Always Discreet and more.

Women with light bladder leakage don’t have to cover up or miss out on summertime activities. Fannypants is an innovative line of premium-quality, machine-washable panties for light incontinence. The SmartwearPanty designs look like lingerie but feature a moisture-proof, stain-resistant gusset that holds an absorbent SmartPad. The panty can be worn with or without the machine-washable pad.


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