5 Catheter Tips for Men

If you have a catheter, you want to do all that you can to ensure that each time you use a catheter that it goes well and that you have no issues with the catheter. Improper usage of the catheter can lead to urinary tract infections and even issues with inserting the catheter due to skin irritation. It is important to do all that you can to ensure smooth usage with the catheter. Below are 5 tips that will help you to have no issues with your catheter.

1. Keeping the Catheter Area Clean

It is imperative to keep the catheter site clean. In order to keep the catheter site clean, you will need to clean it at least twice a day. Clean the catheter area with warm water and soap. The soap you use should be just a general cleaning soap. Make sure that you rinse the soap from the catheter site well or drying or irritation may occur. Remember to not pull or tug on the catheter while you are cleaning it or any other time.

2. Staying Hydrated

One of the most important things that you can do when you have a catheter is to ensure that you stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause many issues not just for your catheter, but for your bladder and kidneys. You want to make sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids. These fluids should include mostly water and fruit juice.

3. Eating Right

You will want to make sure that you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. This will help your body’s overall health and promote good nutrition. This will help your bladder to be healthy as well as your kidneys. Eating a bunch of sugary foods or high carb foods can actually cause issues with your urine and may lead to urinary tract infections as well.

4. Use Gauze Around the Catheter Site

In some cases, your catheter will leak. When urine gets on your skin, it can cause burning as well as an odor. To prevent this, take a small piece of gauze and put it around the catheter site. Each time you replace the catheter replaced the gauze.

5. Keep the Drainage Bag Below the Catheter Site

It is important to keep the drainage bag underneath the catheter site. If it is higher, the catheter will not drain as well, and can cause the urine not to be released from the bladder as well. This can lead to urinary tract infections and other health issues.

Taking care of your catheter is very important. This removes the waste from your bladder and out of your system. If a malfunction occurs or the catheter is not properly cleaned, you could experience some significant health symptoms. Follow the tips above to make sure that your catheter works as it is supposed to