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Know about Urinary Tract Infections to Avoid Getting Affected

Know about Urinary Tract Infections to Avoid Getting Affected

Date : Fri, 16 Aug 2019

Know about UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) to Avoid Getting Affected

Infections are generally caused by viruses or bacteria and you never know when they are going to attack you. Different infectious diseases have different causes and require different management. For this reason, you should never use any antibiotics until you have discussed this with a healthcare professional.

One such infection which is commonly experienced more by women than men, is Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).

Know about UTI

Urinary tract infections also commonly known as water infections, cystitis, urine infections are experienced frequently in the female population and in most cases are not a cause for concern.

UTI is generally a broad term, which can includeThe urethra, urinary bladder or kidney. When kidneys are infected, it is called acute pyelonephritis, when the urethra is infected it is known as urethritis and when the bladder is infected it is called cystitis. In most cases, only the urethra and/or the bladder get affected.

If the infection reaches the kidney (pyelonephritis), it can have more serious consequences and as such needs urgent review.

Learn about the Causes of UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)

UTI is caused by certain bacteria which commonly reside in our intestine. If the bacteria somehow escape from the anus, they can find their way up to bladder causing the infection. If you have the habit of wiping from back to front, you should change your habit instantly because it is one of the primary reasons for urinary tract infection. 

How Will You Know You Are Suffering From UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)?

If you are going through the following symptoms, then you most likely have a UTI. These include:-

  • 1.     Urge to urinate frequently
  • 2.     Passing urine frequently even after just having been
  • 3.     Cloudy or smelly urine
  • 4.     Waking up in the night more than usual to pass urine
  • 5.     Burning or stinging sensation while urinating

UTIs in most cases settle within 3 days themselves, and you can help this along by drinking plenty of fluid (at least 2L a day). If your symptoms persist longer than this, then you may require a short course of antibiotics to help your body clear the infection.

Why Do Women Frequently Get Affected?

The length of the urethra is smaller in women than man. This fact allows the bacteria to reach the bladder easily and quickly in case of women. So, women fall victim of UTI easily.

Things to Do If You Are Affected With UTI

As soon as you can feel all the symptoms of UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), try and drink plenty of fluid to flush out the system. You should try to avoid sexual intercourse, as this is one way bacteria can enter the urinary tract.

Rest and take paracetamol / ibuprofen if you are experiencing discomfort.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately, as this can indicate that the infection has spread to the kidneys (pyelonephritis):

  • 1) Pain in your kidneys
  • 2) High fever
  • 3) Feeling nauseous / vomiting
  • 4) Shivering
  • 5) Diarrhoea

Antibiotics for UTI

If your symptoms fail to resolve within a few days, you may well require routine antibiotics to help clear the infection. At Ask A Pharmacist, we can supply you with antibiotics for urinary tract infections without having to see your GP. Simply answer a yes/no questionnaire to assess your symptoms and suitability for treatment, pay and have it delivered to your door within 1-2 days (express delivery) securely via Royal Mail.

Please note: Men who experience UTI symptoms should always see their healthcare professional.