If you suffer from incontinence, the fear of putting off a foul–smelling odor is not new to you. Many people struggle with anxiety around bladder leaks – not only because they fear someone may notice that they’ve had an accident, but because it may also cause them to smell bad.
In our recent survey about how people are managing their incontinence while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, we found that for many, odor has become an issue. Some reported not being as diligent as they should be with personal hygiene. It seems that because we are all staying inside more, showers have become less frequent and for some, no one may be around to notice a bad smell so there is less incentive to clean up after urine leaks.
However, it’s important to stick with your personal care routine during this time for many reasons. A foul smell due to urine leaks is unpleasant for you and others living in your household. In addition, if left for too long, smells can become difficult to remove from fabrics and clothing. And maybe most importantly, not cleaning up after bladder leaks could cause skin irritation or rashes.
People with bladder control problems need to pay attention to deodorizing their skin and urinary products and need to remain diligent with personal care and hygiene.
Read below for some tips on how to stay clean and odor-free when you suffer from bladder leaks.