Nocturnal Enuresis in Adults

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Bed wetting in adults

While many thought that bed wetting during sleep can only be seen among children, it is also noted that atleast 1-2 percent of the adult population is affected by it as well and suffer from the inability to control voiding of urine at night.

Adult bedwetting is medically known as nocturnal enuresis (NE). Oftentimes, the condition is mistaken for nocturia or polyuria wherein one has to wake up for a couple of times or experience excessive urination. NE may be characterized as persistent primary nocturnal enuresis or secondary nocturnal enuresis which is adult onset. The former happens in children and in teenagers below 18 years old while the latter starts at an older age.

Apparently, behavior modification may be practiced for children who are experiencing the condition. However, for many adults, this article lists down great information regarding nocturnal enuresis in adults, its causes, signs and symptoms, as well as possible treatment plan. Learn more as we give you details below.

Nocturnal Enuresis in Adults – Causes

The causes are usually linked to several factors such as the following:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Inappropriate amount of antidiuretic hormone
  • Urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Weakened muscles of the bladder
  • Dementia/ Alzheimer’s disease
  • Prostitis in men
  • Pelvic inflammatory disorder in women
  • Stress and Anxiety

Symptoms of NE in Adults

Some of the notable symptoms linked to the condition includes being unable to control voiding of urine during the night. There is also a need to urinate urgently. Oftentimes, painful urination may also be present and straining may be experience as well.

How to Treat Bed Wetting in Adults

Basically, if any of the abovementioned symptoms manifest, it is a pretty important task to seek help from a medical professional in order to rule out any underlying cause. Moreover, treatment on how to cure the issue revolves around behavior modification and intake of drugs helpful to control symptoms.

Medication-wise, desmopressin is one of the commonly used drugs which is known to reduce the amount of urine produced the whole night. There is also another drug of choice (oxybutinin) which does wonders when it comes to relaxing the bladder.

There is also a device known to help the problem and that is through Bedwetting Alarms. This is usually clipped on one’s underwear and a buzzer may be heard once wetness is detected. Other behavior modifications may include:

  • Drinking the suggested 6-8 glasses of water daily to help flush out toxins in the body and to prevent dehydrating yourself.
  • Drinks such as alcohol and caffeine may be eliminated since these may make the condition worse.
  • Bladder training or practicing holding your urine and heading to the toilet less often.
  • Have someone wake you up on a regular basis or set an alarm in order to empty the bladder.

Bedwetting is one issue that should not be taken lightly since complications may arise once left untreated. Therefore, we hope that we were of great help with the abovementioned details given for you.




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Date: September 2, 2011 | Category: General Health
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