Urinary Tract Infections
URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
Have you or anyone you know ever experienced a urinary tract infection? The urinary system consists of your kidneys, ureter, bladder, and urethra. A UTI is caused by bacteria entering the urethra (the tube that transports urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) and infecting the bladder. Due to having shorter utethras, women are more than 3 times likelier than men to be diagnosed with a UTI. In fact, 40% of women will likely experience at least 1 bladder infection sometime in their life, and the likelihood greatly increases for those who are sexually active.
The more common symptoms of a UTI include: frequent urination, persistent urge to urinate, pain or discomfort while urinating, bladder and lower abdomen pain, and a general sense of fatigue and malaise. If you suspect you may have a UTI, see your doctor or purchase over the counter medication that can be found at almost any grocery or drug store. Make sure you take any medication as directed and drink lots of water and cranberry juice. If your UTI persists past the amount of time the medication recommend to be taken (typically 2-3 days), schedule an appointment with your doctor, as you may need antibiotics.
If a bladder infection goes untreated, the infection could travel further up the urinary tract and infect the kidneys. This is much more serious than a simple UTI and should be treated immediately to prevent potential kidney damage or blood poisoning known sepsis. If your UTI starts causing flank (side) pain, or pain in the lower back or underneath the base of the ribs, accompanied by a fever and/or chills, and nausea, get to an emergency room as your kidney(s) may already be infected. Once you’re diagnosed with a kidney infection, you’ll most likely be given a prescription for antibiotics and be sent on your way. It’s even more important to take this medication exactly as directed and to finish the entire prescription even if you start to feel better, or else you run the risk of the infection not entirely clearing up and coming back. The best way to avoid these types of infections all together is to avoid “holding it” and going to the bathroom when you need it, always use the bathroom after intercourse, and always drink lots of water to keep your body and kidneys hydrated!
I’m currently getting over a kidney infection, so I’ve been living off water the majority of the week! Have you ever experienced any of these infections or something similar? If so, what did you do to get better? Do you have any favorite home remedies you like to include in addition to your medication?
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