If you are a woman, then the chances of catching a urinary tract infection are high. According to some experts, the infection may re-occur frequently year after year so this is a lifetime risk for women of any age. Now we are going to discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this problem in this blog post. We are also going to mention the ways by which you can prevent this infection.
What are the causes of UTI’s?
The key reason behind urinary tract infection is; improper cleaning from front to back after going to the washroom. Now, you might be thinking how it is possible. The reason being, when your urethra transports the urine from the pipe and travels through the bladder to the outside of the anus, the bacteria from large intestine at this point of time sometimes invade inside the urethra. This infection further transports to bladder if left untreated. The UTI then can infect the kidneys of a victim. Women are more prone to UTIs than men because of shorter urethras. Sex can also be the reason for this infection.
What are the symptoms of UTIs?
- You will feel burning while urinating the waste.
- Frequent coming of urine that pushes you to go to washroom quickly.
- The pressure in lower abdomen or pain at the back.
- Dark, bloody and smelly urine.
- Feeling exhausted or irritated.
- Feeling trembled and feverish. This symptom may directly affect your kidneys.
Various tests and treatments for UTIs
If you observe any of the above-mentioned symptoms in your body, then go to the doctor as early as possible. You will be simply asked to hand over a urine sample at the laboratory. Your urine sample will be tested to see if there is a presence of any UTI bacteria in it or not. If needed, then you can take antibiotics to kill the bacteria but you must not forget to complete the prescribed course of your medication completely, otherwise, bacteria may re-develop again. It is also advised to drink sufficient amount of water, which helps in flushing the bacteria out of your body and maintain your good health.
UTI treatment: Some of the treatments for UTI infection includes:
- Consume low dose of antibiotic for a long period to prevent frequent infections.
- Take a single dose of an antibiotic after every sex because the infection sometimes triggers after intercourse.
- If you observe any UTI symptoms in your body, then take antibiotics for 2-3 days.
- Test your urine sample at home with the urine test kit.
The test, which is done without prescription will let you know the need to consult a doctor. If you are taking antibiotics, then check if the infection is properly cured or not. If you find that you are still facing the same problem, then don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.
Ways to prevent UTI Re-infection
The ways by which you can prevent Re-infection are mentioned below:
- Empty your bladder completely and don’t feel sloth in rushing to the washroom.
- Drink maximum amount of water daily.
- Clean from front to back properly.
- Use showers while bathing.
- Try to avoid all the sprays, deodorants and body perfumes as this only increases the inflammation.
- Clean genital area before having sex.
- Urinate after having sex. This will throw out all the bacteria if entered during sex.
- Don’t use unlubricated condoms, spermicidal jelly for birth control. Moreover, if you are using a diaphragm during sex, then this can cause irritation in your vaginal area. All this lead to UTI.
- Keep your private area clean and dry by wearing loose cotton clothes and underwear. Avoid wearing tight jeans and synthetic underwear because these may trap moisture inside it and create an environment for bacteria to grow evidently.