How To Successfully Handle A Bathroom Emergency When You Have IBS

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, you aren't suffering alone; it's estimated that between 10 and 15 percent of people have some degree of IBS. While visiting your doctor, assessing how food impacts your IBS and other such steps can help you manage this condition, the reality is that you'll still occasionally find yourself dealing with an emergency in the bathroom or on the way to it. When you have IBS, your bowels can move very quickly, often before you have time to react. To avoid embarrassment, here are some ways to be prepared for an emergency.

Know The Location Of The Closest Bathroom

Given that you're more likely to have a sudden urge to use the bathroom soon after you've eaten, a simple strategy to avoiding IBS-related emergencies is to always know the location of the nearest bathroom when you're eating away from home. For example, if you're at a mall and are having lunch in the food court, first scout out how close the nearest bathroom is located; at an outdoor festival, check where the portable toilets are placed. This will prevent you from scrambling to find a toilet when you have a sudden urge to go.

Carry Some Essential Supplies

It's a good idea to make up a care package of some essential supplies that you can tuck into your purse or your jacket when you're out and about. This package should include some antibacterial wipes that you can use to clean up if you have an accident, as well as a change of underwear and a small zip-top bag that you can use to safely transport your soiled underwear home. You might also wish to include a small vial of perfume or cologne that you can use to disguise any smells that may linger. You might feel a little embarrassed putting this care package together, but you'll be more embarrassed if you have a mistake and don't have the package nearby.

Talk To Those Around You

It might initially seem embarrassing to share that you have IBS with your peers, but doing so can actually make you feel relieved. When you're dealing with a bathroom emergency — for example, you might be in the bathroom for 10 or 15 minutes — you can feel even more anxious because you're concerned about what your friends think. By telling them in advance that you have IBS and you might occasionally need to take long bathroom breaks, you'll feel more relaxed. This is ideal because anxiety can cause an upset stomach and further complicate your issues.

For more help dealing with this condition, contact a company like Naugatuck Valley Gastroenterology Consultants LLC.