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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

Everything You Need To Know About Urinary Incontinence

by Clifton Davidson

Urinary incontinence affects many Americans. However, that doesn't mean you have to let it control your life. There are ways to treat your incontinence and retake your life. If you would like to know more, keep reading.

What Causes Urinary Incontinence? 

There are many causes of urinary incontinence. Some may only cause temporary urinary incontinence, but others cause persistent urinary incontinence. Temporary urinary incontinence is often caused by something you consume, such as alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, chili peppers, chocolate, and certain medications like sedatives.

Persistent urinary incontinence, however, is usually caused by something inside the body. For example, both pregnancy and childbirth can cause urinary incontinence. Pregnancy puts extra weight on the bladder, and childbirth may weaken muscles that control your bladder.

Other causes include enlarged prostate, obstruction, and menopause. In people with prostates, urinary incontinence may also indicate prostate cancer. You may have a higher risk of urinary incontinence if you are overweight, smoke, or have a family history.

What Are the Types of Urinary Incontinence?

There are multiple types of urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence causes urine to leak when you laugh, sneeze, cough, or exert yourself. Urge incontinence makes you feel like you suddenly have to urinate, which is followed by a loss of urine. Overflow incontinence presents with dribbling of urine because you can't fully empty your bladder.

Some people simply can't make it to the bathroom in time. This is known as functional incontinence. If you suffer from limited mobility, you may not be able to make it to the bathroom fast enough once you feel the urge to urinate. Finally, you can have mixed incontinence, which includes multiple types of incontinence.

How Can Urinary Incontinence Be Treated?

There are also many treatments for urinary incontinence. At first, your doctor may recommend behavioral techniques like bladder training, scheduled toilet trips, etc. If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, some exercises may be able to help.

Some people do well with medications that help fight urge incontinence and overactive bladder. Medical devices like a urethral insert can also help. In other cases, some patients find relief with bulking material injections or Botox. Finally, if nothing else works, surgery may be needed.

There are many causes of urinary incontinence, but there are also many treatments. If you are sick or struggling with incontinence, it's time to reclaim your life. To learn more, or to talk about diagnosis and treatment, contact a doctor in your area today.