Related Issues: Personal Hygiene
Many people with bladder and bowel problems worry about the possible odour if they have episodes of incontinence, but there are steps you can take to avoid embarrassment.
Fresh urine doesn’t smell offensive, but it starts to smell if it is exposed to air for long periods. Continence pads should absorb some of the smell, but change any wet clothes as soon as possible, and rinse them through or wash them as soon as possible. When you go out, consider taking spare pads or pants with you to change into and a sealable bag for wet clothes.
To protect your skin as well as avoiding unpleasant odours, always wash your skin with soap and water daily, and whenever you change a pad or have an accident. Incontinence wipes can be useful to take with you when you are out and about. Be sure to change your underwear daily.
If you have an accident at home, you can clean the area with a mild detergent or disinfectant. Try removing stains from carpets or chairs with a biological powder or liquid. You can also use deodorising sprays to keep the room smelling fresh.
If you have bowel incontinence, you may be more worried about the potential for unpleasant smells. Change any soiled pads quickly and place them in an airtight container or sealed bag. If you use your bathroom bin for used pads, make sure you transfer them to the dustbin regularly.