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Incontinence

Incontinence is a potentially embarrassing disorder, but, thankfully, it is easy to treat in both children and adults. And OTC Wholesale helps make it even easier. We carry a full line of products like underpads, comfort pants, undergarments, washcloths and briefs, which make managing the condition a snap. Plus, we sell wholesale incontinence products, which means you save big on every order. Look for favorite brands like Cuties, Prevail and Tena. If you are a retailer or are interested in a quote for larger quantities, please call or email us by clicking here.

Are there different types of incontinence?

There are quite a few different types! Stress incontinence, urge incontinence, reflex incontinence, overflow incontinence, functional Incontinence, bowel incontinence, and mixed incontinence are all types of incontinence. Which type of incontinence and the flow will determine which type of product you need. As we always suggest, talk with your physician first and let them decide on the right type of product based on your incontinence.

What is the difference between briefs and underwear?

Underwear is a pull-on, pull-off product. These are commonly referred to as a pull-up. These are mainly for people who have a lot more mobility than others or who are more independent than others. Whereas, briefs have a tab on the side to be able to take them on and off. Briefs are often referred to as diapers. Briefs/diapers are more for people who have little to no mobility or people that have a caregiver.

I’m worried about the fit/feel of wearing an incontinence product. What kind of product is out there for me?

Just as technology changes, so does incontinence products. The change in these products is for the better! Take a look at products that are labeled “feel like real underwear” or “look like real underwear.” These products were designed with you in mind so that you don’t have to be uncomfortable. Not sure which one could be the right fit? Reach out to us today to see if you qualify for a free sample! Be sure to call 800-467-8109 or email us at customerservice@otcwholesale.com.

What is the benefit of using an underpad?

Although, you or your patient may use a brief, diaper, liner, etcetera, an underpad may be used for the bed to protect the sheets, chairs, or other surfaces. An underpad can be used as something that offers more support and protection than a brief or diaper alone.

What do I need to consider when choosing an incontinence product for me/loved one/patient?

Everyone is different and everyone’s needs are different. Things to take into consideration before choosing an incontinence product would be: incontinence type, incontinence level, absorption level, mobility/activity, cost, daytime/nighttime usage, size, odor control, and additional supplies (perineal spray, wipes, ointment, etc.).

What makes a “belted shield” different?

Typically, the belted shields are going to be a pad/liner that have an extra feature of having a belt. This belt helps add security and better positioning for the wearer. These can be worn under your normal underwear and are generally easy to remove and change.

Should I buy the “additional” supplies?

Unfortunately, incontinence can take a toll on the body, especially the skin. So the “additional” supplies really are a necessity. These products help keep you, your patient, or your loved one healthy and their skin healthy as well. Skin care is one of the most important things when it comes to incontinence and incontinence products. When skin is not taken care of properly, there can be some unwanted or even harmful effects that can and should be avoided when you use the right products and care.

How do I choose the absorbency level I need?

Depending on the type of incontinence and the severity, that will determine which level of absorbency you will need. Nighttime products are going to be generally more absorbent than your average absorbency. You know your body best. If you have any questions about this topic, please contact your health care provider that is managing your incontinence.

Is incontinence a “normal” diagnosis?

No. As most physicians will tell you, it is not a “normal thing”. That does not make it a “bad” thing, either. It is very common among older adults (around 65 and older). It is also a common thing temporarily after events such as pregnancy, child birth, weight gain, poorly managed diabetes, some medications, or something like an infection or inflammation of the urinary tract or the prostate. Once again, that does not normalize incontinence. That just means that it is common and can be expected with the conditions listed previously.

I have a bed ridden/wheel chair bound loved one/patient. What are some incontinence products for them?

To start, adult diapers/briefs would be the first thing to look for considering they have very limited mobility. Underpads that are breathable are good for bed ridden patients. The breathable feature is a must for good skin care. Make sure to look for the underpads that specifically state that they are breathable. Keeping skin healthy is important. With that being said, you need the adequate care and products. To keep skin healthy and lower the risk of infection or anything similar, please look into the cleaners, wipes, and creams. This will help keep skin clean and healthy which is one of the important goals!

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Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

TENS is a non-invasive, drug free method of controlling pain, which uses tiny electrical impulses sent through the skin to nerves in order to modify your pain perception. In most people it is effective in reducing or eliminating the pain.

Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

EMS works by sending electronic pulses to the muscle(s). This is achieved by sending low frequency electric pulses through muscle tissue causing them to gently contract. In this way the muscles are passively exercised and blood flow is increased

Galvanic Stimulators

Galvanic Stimulators use direct current, which creates an electrical field over the treated area. The positive pad works like ice, causing reduced circulation to the area under the pad. The negative pad works like heat, causing increased circulation.

Interferential

IF sends small comfortable electrical impulses through your skin to work on deeper tissue stimulation. The sensation works to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.

Infrared

Infrared Light Therapy help the body by delivering specific light waveforms that increase circulation. Increasing circulation helps promote healing, lessen swelling, and helps in reducing pain.

Ultrasound

Portable Ultrasounds give advanced pain relief using sonic stimulation of soft tissue cells. They generate pulsed, high frequency sound waves, which travel deep into the tissue, generating vasodilation. This helps increase blood flow to the treated area.

Russian

Russian stimulation uses medium frequencies to provide stimulation to muscle groups. This is used to reduce muscle spasms as well as for muscle strengthening. This method was created to produce maximal muscle strengthening effects.

Micro Current

Microcurrent Therapy uses extremely small amounts of electrical current (millionths of an amp) to help relieve pain and heal soft tissues of the body. The electrical current used in Microcurrent Therapy is so small that it is rarely felt.