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How to Fight Urinary Tract Infections
Having a urinary tract infection (UTI) can be an uncomfortable and even painful experience. But the good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent and fight UTIs. In this blog post we are going to explore some of the common causes of UTIs, how to recognize them, and how you can reduce your risk of developing a UTI.
Common Causes of UTIs
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs in any part of the urinary system, including the bladder, urethra, ureters, or kidneys. The most common cause of a urinary tract infection is bacteria entering the urethra from outside sources such as your skin or feces. As these bacteria enter the bladder, they multiply and cause inflammation which results in symptoms such as strong-smelling urine, frequent urination, pain and burning during urination, cloudy urine, and lower abdominal pressure. Other less common causes include kidney stones, weakened immune systems, and medical procedures that involve catheterization or endoscopy.
Recognizing a UTI
If you’re experiencing any combination of the above symptoms it is important to seek medical assistance right away. At AlphaMeD we can perform a myriad of tests to get a proper diagnosis. These diagnostic tools include things such as blood tests or urine cultures to determine whether or not you have a UTI.
Symptoms of UTIs include:
- Burning or pain during urination
- An urge to urinate frequently, even though only a small amount of urine is released
- Cloudy, strong-smelling urine
- Pain in the lower abdomen or back
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fever (in severe cases)
It is important to note that women are more prone to UTIs because their urethra is shorter and closer to the anus, which allows bacteria to enter the urinary tract more easily.
Other risk factors for UTIs include:
- Poor hygiene
- Sexual activity
- Use of certain contraceptives
- A weakened immune system
UTIs can be treated with antibiotics, but it’s important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Self-treating with over-the-counter remedies is not recommended as the infection may not fully clear or may worsen if left untreated.
Fortunately there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting a UTI. Here are some tips:
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your bladder flushed out
- Always go pee after sexual intercourse
- Urinating regularly and fully
- Avoid using douches or other products with perfumes near your vulva area
- Wipe front-to-back when using the bathroom
- Change tampons regularly during menstruation
- Avoiding irritants such as harsh soaps or bubble baths
- Practicing good hygiene during sexual activity
It’s also important to see a doctor if symptoms persist or worsen, as UTIs can progress to more serious infections such as pyelonephritis (kidney infection) if left untreated.
These tips may help prevent infections but if you are still having symptoms it’s best to come in to any of our Arizona Urgent Care Clinics for diagnosis and treatment options.
Treatment Options for UTIs
If you have been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection then treatment may include prescription medications like antibiotics or home remedies such as drinking cranberry juice or taking probiotics. In addition to these treatments it is important to drink lots of fluids throughout the day in order to flush out bacteria from your body more quickly. Additionally avoiding tight clothing in the genital area will also help reduce discomfort and improve healing time. By following these tips you can protect yourself against possible urinary tract infections and return back to feeling healthy again!