Urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Urinary tract infection is a common infection; for example, 8 to 10 million people seek medical attention each year for UTI-related issues. It is more frequent in women, with one out of five affected.

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What is UTI?

  • Having sex
  • Pregnancy
  • Urinary tract blockage
  • Difficulty fully emptying the bladder owing to various conditions such as an enlarged prostate gland.
  • Urinary catheters
  • Weak immune system
  • Not drinking a sufficient amount of fluids
  • Poor hygiene

Certain factors may increase the risk of getting a UTI, including:

  • Having a previous urinary tract infection
  • Changes in the bacteria that live in the vagina, as occur during menopause
  • Age
  • Poor hygiene
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Cloudy urine and the presence of blood
  • The urgency to urinate more frequently than normal

Symptoms in kids include:

  • A high temperature
  • Being nervous and not feeding properly
  • Wet the bed or wet himself

Treatment includes:

  • Drinking plenty of water or other fluids
  • Antibiotic
  • Taking pain relievers when need

The following tips can help you to prevent UTIs:

  • Urination after intercourse.
  • Keep your body hydrated.
  • Minimize using douches or vaginal sprays.
  • Avoiding using perfumed soap.
  • Wiping from front to back after peeing.
  • Maintaining a clean and dry genital area.
  • Going to restroom whenever you feel the need to.
  • Avoiding wearing tight, synthetic underwear like nylon.
  • Limiting alcoholic beverages, as they may irritate the bladder.
  • Reducing sugary foods or drinks because they may stimulate bacterial growth.