Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) is chronic and a repetitive infection caused by bacterial infection. It can be an infection in any part of your body like Kidney, bladder and urethra. Mostly, it is caused from the lower urinary tract and if it is not treated well and on time, the bacteria can grow in other parts of your body too.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) can infect both men and women, but women carries higher risk of getting infected than men. It keeps coming if you do not prevent yourself from microscopic organism.
This infection can be commonly over diagnosed or over treated with antibiotics in an early stage. Which might not be good later for other parts of your body as every antibiotic contains pros and cons.
Therefore, to bid a farewell to disagreeable side effects of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), start with the progression today. The key is to keep the microorganism out from your body.
Causes of UTI
- coli is the common bacteria that can cause UTI in bladder but there are other bacteria too.
- If the other person has infection in the tract it can be transmitted through sexual intercourse.
- In female anatomy, women have very less distance between urethra and vagina which can easily spread among different parts of your body.
- There are different types of birth control method that can cause UTI too, like diaphragms and condoms etc.
- After menstruation period, women body is very vulnerable towards any infection because of the decline in estrogen.
Symptoms that causes UTI
When the infection is at its basic stage it doesn’t show any symptoms or causes uneasiness. But if it grows then the symptoms can be painful;
When UTI is in urethra:
- There is a strong urge to pee after every minute but you are unable to or pass a small amount of it.
- When you urinate, there is a burning sensation.
- Urine can appear to be cloudy and dark.
When UTI is in bladder:
- Blood in urine
- There can be a severe pain in pelvic area.
- Urine can have a strong and different odor.
When UTI is in kidney:
- Lower abdomen pain.
- Back pain.
- Fever and chills.
There are many ways to say goodbye to UTI forever;
- The easiest way to prevent Urinary Tract Infection is by drinking lots of water. Water can lower the acidity around the urethra or bladder and wash away the bacteria by frequently peeing.
- Urinate when need arises. If you let it stay in your bladder, the bladder can consume the harmful bacteria from the waste and cause the infection. Therefore it can limit the time for any bacteria to get exposed to any part of your body.
- Always try to avoid carbonated drinks and other citric drinks like alcohol. It can very easily irritate the bladder.
- Never use body sprays, perfumes and powder etc in the genital area as it can also cause irritation.
- After intercourse, empty your bladder as soon as possible by drinking water to flush away any bacteria which might have entered your body.
- Wipe front and back, as UTI can possible be caused by rectum and feces.
- Wash your washroom twice thoroughly, every week.
- Wear breathable clothes like cotton panties and pants. Try not to wear tight jeans or any sort of tight clothing as it can be very irritable around your genital area.
- Have lots of yogurt; it acts like a probiotic too.
- The most well-known myth of UTI is that cranberry juice has a temporary cure to this infection. It has a very active ingredient known as E.coli that can prevent the harmful bacteria from infecting the tract.
- Vitamin C tablets or any food that is rich in Vitamin C.
- Take probiotics, like lactobacilli. They contain good bacteria and fight against the harmful ones. It is very helpful in preventing UTI as they don’t let harmful bacteria in the tract and lower pH of urine.
- Take full course of antibiotic as prescribed by the doctor, even if there are no symptoms.
- Use hot pad around your abdominal area to keep the area warm and pain free.
Food and drinks you should have
Foods that can prevent UTI and keep you healthy are;
Coconut, cucumber, ginger, cranberries, blueberries, oranges, dark chocolate, yogurt, tomatoes, broccoli, watermelon and turmeric.
Drinks to keep your genital area less irritable and free from bacteria are;
Coconut water, barley water, buttermilk, turmeric milk, ginger tea, cranberry juice, decaf coffee, pomegranate juice, black tea and green tea.
Urinary tract infection is the most common infection treated worldwide. It is likely stated by scientists that 27-49% of times the infection treats itself with few home remedies.
In the worst case scenarios, when UTI occurs more than 2-3 times or it has started to show severe symptoms that means it has started to effect other body parts and that when you should not miss out on the doctor’s appointment.
Researchers worldwide are constantly looking out for easier ways and vaccines to prevent every other women and men from getting infected through harmful bacteria.