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Thursday, June 9, 2011

URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI)

Urinary tract infection on young woman

 

What Causes Urinary Tract Infections?

Most urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria. Any part of your urinary tract can become infected. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Bladder and urethra infections are the most common.


How Do I Know If I Have A Urinary Tract Infection?

 

The box below lists possible signs of a urinary tract infection. Nausea, lower back pain and fever may be signs of a kidney infection. Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.


Possible Signs Of A Urinary Tract Infection

  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • Feeling like you need to urinate more often than usual
  • Feeling the urge to urinate but not being able to
  • Leaking a little urine
  • Cloudy, dark, smelly or bloody urine
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Why Do Women Get Urinary Tract Infections More Often Than Men?


Women tend to get urinary tract infections more often than men because bacteria can reach the bladder more easily in women. The urethra is shorter in women than in men, so bacteria have a shorter distance to travel.

The urethra is also located near the rectum in women. Bacteria from the rectum can easily travel up the urethra and cause infections.

Having sex may also cause urinary tract infections in women because bacteria can be pushed into the urethra. Using a diaphragm can lead to infections because diaphragms push against the urethra and make it harder to completely empty the bladder. The urine that stays in the bladder is more likely to grow bacteria and cause infections.


How Are Urinary Tract Infections Treated?


If your family doctor thinks you have a urinary tract infection, he or she will probably test a sample of your urine to find out if there are bacteria in it. Your doctor will then prescribe an antibiotic for you if you have an infection. Usually, symptoms of the infection go away 1 to 2 days after you start taking the medicine. Make sure you take all the medicine, even if you are feeling better.

Your doctor may also suggest a medicine to numb your urinary tract and make you feel better while the antibiotic starts to work. The medicine makes your urine turn bright orange, so don't be alarmed by the color when you urinate.


What Can I Do If I Have Frequent Infections?


If you have urinary tract infections often, you can try some of the suggestions in the box below. Talk with your family doctor about what changes would be helpful for you.

Your doctor also may give you a low dose of medicine for several months or longer to prevent infections from coming back.

If having sex seems to cause your infections, your doctor may suggest that you take a single low dose antibiotic pill after you have sex to prevent urinary tract infections.


Tips On Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

  • Drink plenty of water to flush out bacteria. Drinking cranberry juice may also help prevent urinary tract infections. However, if you're taking warfarin (brand name: Coumadin), check with your doctor before using cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections. Your doctor may need to adjust your warfarin dose or you may need to have more frequent blood tests.
  • Don't hold your urine. Urinate when you feel like you need to.
  • Wipe from front to back after bowel movements.
  • Urinate after having sex to help wash away bacteria.
  • Use enough lubrication during sex. Try using a small amount of lubricant (such as K-Y Jelly) before sex if you're a little dry.
  • If you get urinary tract infections often, you may want to avoid using a diaphragm as a birth control method. Ask your doctor about other birth control choices.

How Serious Are Urinary Tract Infections?


Urinary tract infections can be painful. But medicine can keep them from becoming a serious threat to your health.

The kidneys can also be infected, which can be a more serious problem. Kidney infections usually require an antibiotic for a longer period of time and are sometimes treated in the hospital.

This article is written on the request of my sweet blogger's friend called teynteyn. It was clipped from the google search. More info about the above post are at http://www.righthealth.com/topic/Urine_Infection_Symptoms/overview/FamilyDoctor20_s#ixzz1Olr8MMoJ


15 comments:

wynaut blog said...

just few weeks ago..while we dont know yet if my friend has a UTI, we freak out the time that she told me she urinate with blood..good thing we went to doctor immediately and she prescribe to drink a certain medicine and she drinks lots of cranberry juice and water..I think she's fine now.

toto said...

NIce Info.. I had a great time reading this thanks!

Ida Zuraida said...

wynaut blog: i hope that my articles will be able to contribute valuable knowledge and little help in solving health problems. I hope your friend would recover immediately. hugs..

Ida Zuraida said...

toto: tq toto.. im glad that u had a great time reading my entry.. hv a nice day my fren.. hug n kisses..

KertasWarnaMerah said...

Good information ...

”cepat datang ke blog saya pulak!!!”

jfrancescapam said...

Urinary tract infections can truly be difficult to deal with. One should know that If left without treatment, they can even reach complications that may permanently harm people.

Blood in the urine

armouris said...

more info on urinary tract infection here - Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

edy said...

what a wonderful day to be here with u

Mawar Berduri said...

i got UTI.. but not serious.. doctor said i've drink plenty water cuase she know that i'm dont like it but it's a only way to reduce the infection.

armouris said...

more info on urinary tract infection here - Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Gua Syed said...

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UTI Home Remedy said...

Good quality supplements and vitamins are also essential as part of a urinary tract infection home remedy as they contain concentrated amounts of the active ingredient for treating the UTI and little or no sugar to irritate the urinary tract further.

Pearly Home Remedy said...

There are also some predisposed conditions which can reduce the bodies resistance to urinary tract infections. Diabetics, people with impaired immune systems and those who have chronic recurring urinary tract infections (more than 3 in one year) are all more at risk of contracting a UTI.

ADULT DIAPERS said...

some common symptoms of a urinary tract infection:

*Diarrhea;
*Loss of appetite;
*Fever;
*Nausea and vomiting;
*Lower back pain (with a kidney
infection);

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