Women who are more sexually active are the greatest victims of Urinary tract infection or the infection of the bladder or the kidneys. However, men also suffer from this infection but mostly after 50.
Urinary tract infections are commonly caused by bacteria that travel from the urinary duct or urethra into the bladder. Amongst women, pregnancy, sexual intercourse, diabetes, or a past urinary tract infection leads to such kind of infection. The risk also increases when they wipe from the back to the front after a bowel movement.
Typical symptoms include the necessity to frequently urinate with the inability to pass more than a small amount of pain and burning sensation during urination or even dribbling or leaking during the day and while sleeping. It is also possible that the urine develops a foul odor or becomes blood specked.
Do’s while you have a urinary tract infection.
1. You should take antibiotics as prescribed by your physician. Take all the medication even though the symptoms disappear because if you stop the treatment early, some of the bacteria may survive and infect you again.
2. Take plenty of rest and if the fever persists for long, stay in bed until it gets to normal and feel better.
3. Drink fluids, especially water, to flush out your kidneys and wash out the germs from your urinary tract. If you drink PURE cranberry juice or take vitamin C, it shall help to make your urine more acid and keep the infection under control.
4. Urinate as often as you feel the urge and try to empty the bladder completely every time before and after sex.
5. Avoid intake of caffeine or alcohol during the treatment as this irritates the bladder.
6. Take showers rather than bathing each day and wash the genital area with soap and water. Never use bubble bath or bath oils.
7. Also, remember to wipe from front to back after urinating or having a bowel movement because this reduces the chances of germs getting into the bladder. It is also advisable to wear a panty with a cotton crotch.
8. Maintain your follow-up visits regularly to cure the infection, or else the lingering infection could even damage the kidneys.