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Ways to Prevent and Manage Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections or UTIs are an extremely common affliction, one that is extremely painful and can even be dangerous. If you are not sure what a UTI is or if you have it, some research might help. UTIs can cause you to feel like urinating frequently, but have a hard time doing so when you try. When you do manage to pass water, you experience a severe pain or burning sensation. Other symptoms that you may have if your bladder is infected include bloody urine, fever, abdominal pains, and chills. (It is important to note that if the symptoms are recurrent and accompanied by high fevers, it may be due to a kidney infection, so you must see a doctor immediately.) UTIs are caused by the E. coli bacteria if they enter the urethra and get into the bladder. Here are some of the ways that you can prevent getting a UTI and treat it if you have one.

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Prevention

The bacteria responsible for bladder infections live in the bowels and intestines. This is why hygiene is such a vital part to the prevention of a UTI. Keep the genital and anal areas as clean as possible, ideally using fragrance-free, mild soaps. After you use the toilet, make sure that you wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from getting near the urethra. Make sure to drink a lot of water to flush your system and dilute your urine. This way, the bacteria will have less to feed on. Pass urine at least every three hours to flush out bacteria and their food source.


Factors Linked to Recurrent UTIs

If you have been experiencing this problem frequently, speak to a doctor and try to determine the causes or contributing factors. Factors that may be involved include stress, lovemaking, underwear, menstruation, oestrogen, perfumed sanitary or hygiene products, certain laundry products, and even certain foods that can irritate the urinary tract.


Treatment

Now, it is important that you see a doctor about the problem. However, treatment of the infection or even the symptoms should be seen to as soon as possible. There are lots of natural and pharmaceutical remedies that may be suggested. The first thing you should do is start drinking a lot of water and pass urine as frequently as you can. You can manage the pain using time-honoured natural remedies like German chamomile tea, or teas with herbs like bearberry or flaxseed. Your urine may change colour if you go with bearberry. There are also plenty of products like Ural that are easily available for fast pain relief. Once you get that doctor’s appointment, testing will confirm whether or not you have the bacteria responsible for UTIs. If you do, based on the sensitivity of these bacteria identified in the tests, certain drugs may be prescribed. There is a slight chance that a recurrent UTI problem may be due to an anatomical irregularity in the urinary tract. In such cases, surgical treatment may correct the problem.


If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, or suspect that you have UTI, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor at once.

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