Urinary tract infections are second only to colds when it comes to infections in women, whose anatomy sets the stage for trouble (In men, urinary tract infections are much less common but potentially more serious, because they’re often tied to prostate problems.)
Cystitis the infection of the bladder occur when a microorganism invades the bladder or the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder and out of the body. The result is burning or pain during urination, the urge to urinate frequently, lower back pain and sometimes blood in the urine. Though much more common in women, men can also develop urinary tract infections – especially those over age 50, who may have enlarged prostates.
Proper hygiene and drinking lots of fluids are both essential for preventing urinary tract infections. Normally, bacteria that get into the bladder, get flushed right out, but if for some reason it is easier for the bacteria to cling to the bladder walls, an infection happens.
Urinary Tract infection self-test kit is available to determine if you have and infection.
Other recommendations to minimize the risk of infection:
Urinate before and soon after sex. Think twice before using a diaphragm. Women who rely on this birth control method are two or three times more prone to recurrent infections, since the diaphragm causes irritation of the vaginal surface, which allows bacteria to adhere.
Spermicidal jellies can also contribute as the upset the normal balance of “friendly” bacteria in the vagina and the surrounding area. Jellies may irritate the vagina, set up inflammation and lets bacteria cling to the vagina, from where they migrate to the bladder.
Drink lots of water – about six to eight glasses a day – keeping the body well-hydrated helps flush bacteria out of the bladder.
Cranberry juice has long been thought to prevent bladder infections. Researchers found that the cranberry juice makes the urine more acidic and discourages the growth of bacteria.
Wear cotton underwear, nylon underwear should be avoided.
If you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, use sanitary pads rather than tampons.
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