womens health

Everything You Need To Know About Urinary Tract Infections

2021-06-26 | Aradhya Giri

More than 10 million people suffer every year, many without even knowing about it.

Urinary tract infections occur when harmful bacterias enter your urinary tract leading to constant irritation, painful urination, the urge to pee all the time (even when your bladder is empty), foul smelling urine, period like pain & cramping. Oh, and an overall general sense of misery. While some UTIs resolve on their own, untreated infections can get worse & spread to your kidneys. So one might have to complete their course of prescribed antibiotics even when all they wish for is to damn those UTI causing bacterias straight to hell.

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Urinalysis and dipstick tests are the accurate answers to diagnosing a UTI, but common symptoms for the same include:
  • A strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored (a sign of blood in the urine)
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain, in women (especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone)

UT-Why? : Causes

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Causes of UTI

Both men and women can get UTIs, however, they’re most common in women (around 50–60% of women will experience a UTI in their lifetime).

Treatment & Self-Care

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Preventive Measures

Treatment of urinary tract infections depends on the cause. There are two types of UTIs: simple and complicated. Simple UTIs can be treated with antibiotics for a short period of time. Complicated UTIs are when bacteria causing the infection cannot be treated by various antibiotics. While most women have simple UTIs, men and children tend to have complicated UTIs. In addition to antibiotics, some self-care steps include:
  • Drinking plenty of fluids : being hydrated will help you flush out bad bacteria
  • Increasing your vitamin C intake : vitamin C provides you with the immunity to fight with these bacteria.
  • Taking a probiotic : this will help your body regulate the good bacteria in your body
  • Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice : cranberry juice will get rid of the bad bacteria in your body

Bottom Line

It’s important that you understand UTI’s. Whether you are suffering from it, or taking preventative measures against one, it’s best that you understand what is going on in your body. If you think you may have one, call your doctor, and be sure to practice some of the above preventative measures. Most UTIs happen once, if treated, they will not come back. But some patients have anatomical and genetic predispositions that tend to make getting UTIs more likely. That’s why it is very important to treat UTIs earlier. Untreated ones start to spread more and when they spread more it gets harder to treat.Neodocs wellness cards help you diagnose UTIs in the comfort of your home.

Comments (2)

  • Ayush A | 2021-08-17
    Nice Blog
  • Ayush A | 2021-08-21
    Nice Blog
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