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Old 12-31-2009, 09:08 AM   #1
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self-catheterization and bladder infections

My dad recently had a laminectomy surgery and suffers from neurogenic bladder and self-catheterizes daily. He has had 2 bladder infections in the last 2 months and I am worried that he will need to take antibiotics chronically. Is this a common problem and is there any way to avoid this?

 
Old 01-02-2010, 10:51 AM   #2
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Re: self-catheterization and bladder infections

Hi:

I have been self-cathing for a couple of months and have not had a problem with bladder infections. I use red-rubber type catheters, wash with soap after every use, rinse thoroughly and then put it in a 91% alcohol bath for a couple of hours. I use a beta-dyne pad before use and where gloves. My doctor tells me all this is over kill, but I have not had an infection so I will continue my ritual.

I hope your dad feels better and I understand your concern about constant antibiotic use, it can't be good in the long term.

 
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:34 PM   #3
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Re: self-catheterization and bladder infections

Thank You so much for sharing this information. I will pass it on to my dad.........I also found some information online regarding curing a UTI infection within 12 hours by using D-mannose powder, apple cider vinegar, probiotics, garlic and parsley tea in a specific order and with water. It is supposed to help alkalinize the system so infections cannot survive as well.

 
Old 04-22-2010, 07:31 PM   #4
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Re: self-catheterization and bladder infections

My husband had the same problem. The solution was to switch to one time use catheters. He uses the pre-lubed (open the end and add water which activates the lubricant). All the user has to do is hand sanitize his hands, remove catheter and insert. Then throw away. Medicare will provide these catheters as of about a year ago - nice, as they are expensive. Hubby uses the brand Coloplast. Pre lubed.

 
Old 04-22-2010, 08:01 PM   #5
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Re: self-catheterization and bladder infections

Hi,
I have cerebral palsy that causes me to have a neurogenic bladder, as well. I have never self-cathed, but I am prone to UTIs from the neurogenic bladder. I have taken an antibiotic all the time in the past, but I have decided not to now, because I have not had too many bladder infections. I had a foley recently (it's out now) due to an episode of complete retention, and I had one during that time. The last one I had before the one related to the foley was last summer. I make sure I don't drink any caffeinated sodas or coffee, since that's irritating to the bladder, drink lots of water, which naturally flushes out the urinary tract, and because I am incontinent, just make sure to keep myself clean, and clean up as soon as I can after an occurrence of incontinence. Hope I have helped.
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Re: self-catheterization and bladder infections

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Hi:

I have been self-cathing for a couple of months and have not had a problem with bladder infections. I use red-rubber type catheters, wash with soap after every use, rinse thoroughly and then put it in a 91% alcohol bath for a couple of hours. I use a beta-dyne pad before use and where gloves. My doctor tells me all this is over kill, but I have not had an infection so I will continue my ritual.

I hope your dad feels better and I understand your concern about constant antibiotic use, it can't be good in the long term.

 
Old 02-13-2011, 11:33 AM   #7
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Re: self-catheterization and bladder infections

Hi All Whinton Here.
Catherization i have been doing it for 50 years with very few problem. Due to a fall 40ft.
Never had an infection. A few times it wouldent go right through to the bladder so i used a tube of pollysporn and put
it the hole and sqeezed it filling it. Hell it sent it right up. Sometimes the cath. got pluged so i would pull it out blow into it clear it and shove it in again untill it went in.
This is true. Went camping one time way up north and had a bladder full. Went back to camp and found out that i had left my medical supplies at home. So tried catherizing and it was so dry there was no way it would go up Well i tried and tried untill it got red and formed a blister on the nob. i thought wear the hell can i get some lub. So i had an idea and went to the under carrage of my buddies truck and there was a big glob of greese hanging there. Great i thought and took the top layer of the greese of grabed a hand full put it on the cath. thick. Then shoved it up firsttime and had a great big smile on my face
Am 75 yrs Wish you all better times Whinton

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Re: self-catheterization and bladder infections

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Hi All Whinton Here.
Catherization i have been doing it for 50 years with very few problem.
Due to a fall 40ft.
Never had an infection. A few times it wouldent go right through to
the bladder so i used a tube of pollysporn and put it the hole and sqeezed
filling it. Hell it sent it right up. Sometimes the cath. got pluged so i would
pull it out blow into it clear it and shove it in again untill it went in.
This is true. Went camping one time way up north and had a bladder
full. Went back to camp and found out that i had left my medical supplies
at home. So tried catherizing and it was so dry there was no way it would
go up Well i tried and tried untill it got red and formed a blister on the
nob. i thought were the hell can i get some lub. So i had an idea and
went to the under carrage of my buddies truck and there was a big glob
of greese hanging there. Great i thought and took the top layer of the
greese of grabed a hand full put it on the cath. thick. Then shoved it up first
time and had a great big smile on my face
Am 75 yrs Wish you all better times Whinton

You are fully awesome.

 
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